Student must be a new or returning transfer.
How to Sign Up
Log into Campus Housing Sign Up and follow the instructions for selecting a new room and meal plan. If you meet the above requirements, you will be able to select a room in the Transfer House. Note that depending on the time of the year, room selection may be unavailable to you. Learn more about the room selection timeline.
If you're a transfer, the perfect place for you to make your new home at NIU is the Transfer House. The Transfer House, located in Stevenson Towers, is a community designed specifically for new transfer students. Transitioning can present challenges socially and academically, and NIU is here to support you. Some of the benefits of the Transfer House include:
Living with other transfer students
A Community Advisor who understands specific needs of transfer student
The Transfer House in Stevenson Towers offers a variety of rooms, which include suites with or without bathroom, double room, and single room.
"Living and working on campus helped me connect with other like-minded students and adjust to the transition between home and school."
Miles Pfefferle, Senior Communications/Media Studies Major
Starting at NIU as a Transfer
Welcome to Northern Illinois University. You may not be new to college, but you will be new to NIU, and NIU is a great place for a fresh start. As you begin your academic career on a new campus it is important to get connected quickly. Students who live in the residence halls at NIU have opportunities to quickly connect with students in their suites, floors, or hall community. Many students live with their classmates as they become part of an Living-Learning or Special Interest Community.
As a transfer student you have a variety of living options available to you, which include:
- The Transfer House in Stevenson Towers
- Gilbert Hall, available only to upper-division students
- Other types of rooms in New Hall, Grant and Neptune
Northern View Community, which are apartments designed for undergraduate students at least two years post high school, students who have a spouse/domestic partner and/or dependents, graduate students and law students.
Not only are the residence halls supportive socially but they are also supportive academically. Students who live in NIU residence halls generally have higher GPAs. Some of the academic support provided include:
- Writing centers
- Tutoring centers
- Computer labs open 24 hours
- Living-Learning or Special Interest Communities
- Community Advisors on all floors and House Leaders in Academic Residential Programs
Students can also quickly learn about NIU and get connected by taking University Experience: UNIV 201. UNIV 201 is a twelve-week, one credit hour course designed exclusively for transfer students. Course content includes adjusting to life at NIU and ways to get involved on campus; establishing a solid GPA at NIU by becoming a more effective and efficient students; making new friends while maintaining old friendships;living in a diverse community; and balancing and making the most of your time at NIU. Even if you have taken a similar class at your previous institution it is beneficial to learn how to succeed at NIU.
- Residence Halls