Housing Accessibility

We welcome and encourage students with disabilities to live in university housing. We work to provide accessible facilities to the greatest degree possible.

If you have a disability, medical need or other situation, we work with Health Services, Counseling and Consultation Services and the Disability Resource Center to determine appropriate accommodations.

To provide information to offer guidance and direction to emergency responders dispatched by the City of DeKalb Police Department, please complete the Premise Alert Program form.

If you have specific questions about our buildings and rooms, contact the assistant director of residential facilities at 815-753-7407. If you need temporary assistance due to an injury, please report it as soon as possible.

Accommodation Request Process

Types of Accommodations

Living Environment Accommodations

  • Automatic door opener.
  • Visual doorbell.
  • Strobe light fire alarm/smoke detector.
  • Braille signage.
  • Multiple room types including singles, doubles and suites.
  • Ability to bring your own additional MicroFridge.
  • Access to private bathroom facilities and other privacy-related accommodations.
  • Access to semi-private bathroom.
  • ADA-compliant bathroom (accessible toilet, sink, and shower facilities).
  • Adapted height desks, closets and beds.
  • Wireless transmitters to automatically open power doors.
  • Ground floor room or room on a lower floor.
  • Keyless entry on student room doors.
  • Wheelchair accessible buildings with access to laundry facilities and other amenities.
  • Floor options including quiet lifestyle and alcohol free.
  • Changes to meal plan.
  • Assistance or emotional support animal.

Service and Emotional Support Animals

If you would like to request an emotional support animal as an accommodation, contact the Disability Resource Center. You'll go through the accommodation process prior to bringing your animal to campus.

Students with trained Service Animals are encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center in advance of arriving on campus. This helps with notifying staff of the presence of an animal and to ensure the housing assignment provided to you meets the needs of the student and the animal.

Campus Accessibility Map

Visit the campus map to see the location of accessible entrances, parking, automatic door openers and elevators at NIU.

Contact Us

Housing and Residential Services
Neptune East 101
housing@niu.edu
815-753-1525
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