We have received your Early Arrival Agreement.
Residence hall move-in day is an experience you'll always remember! We're very excited to welcome you to the NIU community as a new Huskie.
Move In Day Timeline
Pack your things and contact your roommate
- Look at your room's measurements to see how much space you have under your bed, in your closet, and in your drawers.
- Read the What to Bring list. Don't forget twin XL bed sheets!
- Contact your roommate to get to know each other, discuss the basics, plan for what to bring, and set the tone for a great new academic year.
- Remember to bring your OneCard or another state-issued photo ID on move in day. Learn about getting a OneCard ID.
Drive to campus on move in day
When you get close to campus, hang the tag you received in the mail on your rear view mirror. NIU police officers will direct traffic and guide you to your hall. If you need more hang tags, ask any traffic officer when you get here. When you're near DeKalb, you can tune into 1360 AM WLBK for updates throughout the day.
Stay tuned for move in maps.
We'll help you unload your things
Team NIU volunteers are here to help you! After you park, you'll go to your hall's front desk to get checked in and get your room key. Then Team NIU will help you carry all your things up to your room.
That afternoon, you'll have your first of several floor meetings to get to know your new community. Your family is invited to this meeting too, and you'll all get to meet your residence hall's complex coordinator. After this meeting, you'll all be invited to the Huskie Fall Kick Off at Huskie Stadium, where you'll get to learn about what it means to be an NIU Huskie fan, explore different NIU traditions with President Baker, and head to the field for a giant "NIU" class photo!
Welcome Days and beyond
- Welcome Days: We've planned many special events to welcome you to the NIU community during your first days here. Check out Welcome Days events.
- Where to Eat: You can begin using your meal plan on Friday, August 25 at any open dining location on campus. You'll also have $75 Flex Dollars that you can use at locations accepting flex dollars.
- Enrolled in Classes: If you aren't already, make sure you are enrolled in classes by Friday, September 8. Otherwise, you will have to move out of your room. We'll remind you about this during move in if you're not enrolled.
What to Bring
Your room already comes furnished with things like a bed, dresser, and desk (see Things We Provide below), but here are some things you might want to bring on move in day.
- Twin XL sheets
- Pillow and pillow case
- Mattress pad
- Linens and towels
- Metal wastebasket
- Study lamps
- Clock/clock radio
- Clothing hangers
- Laundry hamper
- Shower caddy
- Ethernet cable (cat 5)
- Plates and bowls
- Cups and mugs
- Cutlery and utensils
- Food storage
- Surge protector
- USB flash drive
- Headphones or earbuds
- Under bed storage
Things We Provide
- Desk chair
- Cable TV hookup
- Laundry facilities
- Internet connection
Things to Leave at Home
- Some kinds of electrical appliances
- Open-element cooking appliances
- Pets (other than fish)
- Water beds
- Halogen lamps
- Plastic wastebaskets
Lofting Your Bed
We can help get your room set up your room just the way you want it before you move in.
Double Loft (Bunking)
Sorry, due to the way Neptune Hall is built, we can't offer bed lofting.
Sorry, beds can't be lofted in Northern View Community.
Typically acceptable appliances (UL approved) include computers, televisions, DVD players, game consoles, stereos, razors and fans. Some hair dryers or curling irons may require additional power and need to be used in public area bathrooms rather than individual resident rooms to avoid tripping circuit breakers.
Use surge protectors/power strips for all appliances, particularly computers, televisions, stereo equipment and game consoles. Lightweight extension cords and multiple outlet plugs without surge protectors create a safety hazard and are prohibited.
Electrical appliances with an enclosed heating element are permitted in the halls (e.g. popcorn makers, coffee pots) if used under continual supervision by the user. Open-ended heating elements and electrical appliances that may pose a fire hazard such as hot plates, hot pots, electric or contact grills, and space heaters, are prohibited.