Each floor of our residence halls promotes academic success and offers programming to help you during your time at NIU. Our residential communities go one step further in strengthening connections between you, faculty and other Huskies.

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Living-learning Communities

Connect to faculty and engage in hands-on learning experiences through field trips and career-related activities. Each community requires you to be fully committed to participating in programming and learning opportunities throughout the year.

Business Careers House

Experience unique opportunities to connect with business faculty and other business students.

Engineering House

Experience unique opportunities to connect with engineering faculty and other engineering and technology students.

Fine Arts House

Live with other students from the Schools of Theatre and Dance, Art and Music.

Health Professions House

Enjoy professional development opportunities, social activities and more with others interested in health- and service-related careers.

Honors House

Join fellow Honors students in intellectual, cultural and social activities, as well as community service projects.

Latinx Community

Explore Latinx culture both in the classroom and out of it.


Prepare to make the most of your teaching career by living with students pursuing teacher certification.

Special Interest Communities

Get to know other NIU students with common interests in these Special Interest Communities.

ACES House: Academic and Career Exploratory Scholars

Understand how your courses connect your major and future career.

Esports Community

Discover the possibilities of esports at academic and career events on and off campus.

Foreign Language Residence Program

Practice your language skills outside the classroom in a relaxed residential environment.

LGBTQA Community

Connect with others who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or as an ally.

ROTC House

Live with other students who are part of NIU's ROTC program and have a similar schedule.

Sport, Recreation and Wellness Community

Participate in intramural leagues, weekend trips, monthly workshops and a special section of UNIV 101.

Transfer House

A community designed specifically for new transfer students at NIU.

Why Join a Community?

  • Formal and informal out-of-class interaction with professors in your academic field.
  • Increased opportunity for career information, internships and professional networking.
  • Access to special facilities and equipment in a supportive learning environment.
  • Educational programs that will enhance your classroom learning.
  • Social and cultural activities with students and faculty.

How to Join

Joining a Living-learning Community or Special Interest Community is easy. After being admitted to NIU and signing your housing contract, you'll have a chance to choose a room in one of these communities during online room sign-up.

A $50 program fee is added to your room rate per semester if you live in ACES House, Business Careers House, Engineering House, Fine Arts House, Health Professions House, Honors House, TEACH House, or the Sport, Recreation and Wellness Community.

Contact Us

Housing and Residential Services
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