The residence hall agreement is a legally binding contract in effect for the full academic year, similar to any other standard landlord/tenant agreement. Students who experience significant and unpredictable changes in their life that occur after they have signed a housing agreement may request to be released from their current residence hall contract. Students are typically not released from their contracts to move in with friends/relatives, because they found another living space that they think better meets their needs or because they prefer a different living environment.
Residents who have a contract but live elsewhere are liable for their full room and board charges for the academic year. We are notified by Registration and Records of students whose documentation indicates they should be living in university housing but are not listed on our roster.
To apply to be released from your contract, complete the Contract Release Request Form.
Alternatively, complete the paper release request form (PDF) and mail or return it in person to Housing and Residential Services, 101 East Neptune Hall, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, or fax it to 815-753-9669.
For releases requested for reasons related to commuting, you may also need to complete the Residence Hall Commute Supplement Request.
To appeal the denial of a Residence Hall Contract Release Request or submit a Billing Appeal, complete the Housing Appeal Request Form / Billing Appeal Form (PDF).
In the event that a student is granted a release from their contract the refund policy is as follows.