On-Campus Housing

Contract Extensions

Housing & Dining tries its best to make accommodations for any special needs that residents may have. Listed below are the most common concerns. If you have issues not addressed below, please contact us at 815-753-1525 or email housing-dining@niu.edu.

Early Move In

Fall Early Move in Agreement 2014

NIU's official move-in day is Friday, August 22nd. On Friday. For individuals moving in Friday August 22nd there will be volunteers available to assist you from 9:00 A.M. until approximately 4:00 P.M.  If you wish to move in earlier, you are welcome to do so beginning after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 21st without any additional charges to your account.

 If you wish to move in earlier than Thursday, August 21, there is a $50 per night charge, UNLESS you are part of a program with a schedule early arrival such as the marching band, CHANCE, the Honors Program, etc. Students with special needs can also move in early if they have a referral from the Disability Resource Center, Health Services, etc. 

If you are part of a program with an early move in arrangement, that program will provide move-in instructions for you.  If you are not part of one of those programs or do not have a referral, then you can still move in early if you complete and submit the attached form. The $50 per night charge will be billed toward your account through the Bursar's Office; you do not need to submit a payment now.


Winter Housing

The standard housing contract does not cover official University vacation periods (between semesters). The residence halls are closed, meals are not served, and students may not be in residence during University closure periods (such as Winter Break) unless they live in one of the halls designated for break housing and have separately contracted for these periods. Students will have the opportunity to sign Break Contracts for Winter Break for an additional fee if they want to remain in the residence hall.

Halls with a Winter Break housing option for are Neptune West and New Hall West.

You may not remain in the residence halls beyond the specified closing time nor enter the residence halls at any time prior to the scheduled opening during these break periods without a Break contract.

All residence hall doors are locked over breaks. Door locks will only be able to be activated by the OneCards of students with Break Housing Contracts. 

Be sure to take all needed personal possessions with you during break periods. Hall staff members are not available to take residents without contracts to their rooms to get things they may have forgotten.

Resident mail is not forwarded over Winter Break.

Spring Break Housing

All residence halls are open during Spring Break, but all dining units are closed during Spring Break.

Finals Week Extensions

With the exception of students graduating that semester, residents must vacate the residence halls each semester within 24 hours after their last examination or by 10 a.m. on the day following the last scheduled day of examinations (whichever comes first). If a student needs an extension to stay beyond the 24-hour deadline, they should contact their hall director.

Housing & Dining reserves the right to have students leave the residence hall one hour after their final examinations are completed if their conduct has been determined to be disruptive by the Complex Coordinator or his/her designee during or around finals week . Students who repeat disruptive behavior, or who do not promptly stop disruptive behavior when asked to by hall staff or police officers, may be required to immediately vacate the hall and not return for the remainder of exam week.