Northern View Community

Located on the west side of campus, Northern View Community features five on-campus apartment buildings for our upper-division students, nontraditional population and students with families.

A spacious courtyard and a community center with 24-hour access are available to residents.

Sign-up is available online during room selection periods. If Northern View is full, you can join a waitlist by emailing from your student Z-ID email account.

Starting at $4,040per semester per student in a two-bedroom unit.
1 Northern View Circle
DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Available to students who are at least 20 years old or have graduated high school at least two years ago (traditional apartments) or students with dependents, spouses or partners (family-style apartments)
  • Unfurnished apartments
  • Community center and courtyard
  • One-, two- and three- bedroom apartment options (one- and three-bedroom availability is limited)
  • Secure building access with key

Apartment Types

Two, three and a limited single bedroom units. We also have a set of units dedicated to family style living. Units are unfurnished and include a refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, microwave, sink, garbage disposal, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Each bedroom includes a closet, window blinds, Ethernet port, overhead lighting, mirrors and a cable outlet.

In order to live in Northern View's single, two- or three-bedroom apartments, you must meet one of the following requirements by Sept. 1:

  • Be at least 20 years old.
  • Have graduated high school at least two years ago.

In order to live in Northern View's family-style apartments, you must meet one of the following requirements in addition to those outlined above:

  • Have a dependent child or children.
  • Have a spouse or partner.

Our guest policy applies to guests in all Northern View apartments. If dependents, a spouse or partner are living in family-style apartments, please provide:

  • First and last name of dependent or spouse/partner.
  • Birthday of dependent or spouse/partner.
  • Gender of dependent or spouse/partner.

We also need proper documentation to establish the relationship with the NIU student for any resident that is not an NIU student.

Dependent Documentation

Provide one of the following documents:

  • Birth certificate listing NIU student as parent.
  • Court order listing NIU student as guardian.
  • Adoption certificate.
  • Doctor's note stating the child's expected date of birth.

Spouse/Partner Documentation

Provide the following documents:

  • Photocopy of a valid (not expired) state or government-issued picture ID.
  • Marriage or civil union license.

Please email the required documentation to

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Item Measurements
Bedrooms Approximately 12' 5" by 10' by 8' 11"
Closets 5' by 2' 11" by 8' 11"
Living Room 19' 4" by 10' 4" by 8' 11"
Kitchen 6' 2" by 5' 10"
Windows 3' 1/2" by 4' 10"
Bathroom 4' 11" by 5' 10"
Washer and Dryer Unit 5' by 3' 11"


These are the rates for the apartment types in Northern View Community.

You can find your billing statement for each semester through your MyNIU account. You can also contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to determine what your personal financial aid package may cover.

You're responsible for paying for the bedroom you occupy.

Apartment Cost per semester per student Total cost per student Aug. 2023 - May 2024
Two-bedroom unit $4,040 $8,080
Three-bedroom unit $3,900 $7,800
Single bedroom unit Limited availability. $4,690 $9,380

Northern View Features

  • Utilities included: water, air conditioning and heating, garbage and recycling, electric
  • Appliances: oven, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, garbage disposal and an in-unit washer and dryer
  • Bathrooms: Two-bedroom apartments have one full standalone bathroom. Three-bedroom apartments have one master bathroom and one standalone bathroom.
  • Open during breaks
  • Huskie Bus Line
  • NIU Wi-Fi in each room. Two-bedroom apartments have one Ethernet port in each bedroom and one in the living room. Three-bedroom apartments have one Ethernet port in two bedrooms and in the living room.
  • Printing and scanning with AnywherePrints in the Community Center
  • Lab workstation in the Community Center
  • Outdoor bicycle racks


Parking is available in front of each apartment for residents with an yellow parking permit.

Huskie Bus Line

Huskie Bus Line routes stop at Northern View every 30 minutes during regular hours:

Stops at Northern View, attractions on Lincoln Highway, Barsema/Engineering Buildings, DuSable and more.

Stops at Northern View, Stevenson, Grant, Patterson Complex, DuSable, Barsema/Engineering Buildings, attractions on Lincoln Highway and more.

Stops at Northern View, Pizza Villa, Health Services, attractions on Lincoln Highway and more.

Route 11 of the Huskie Bus Line, known as the Huskie Safe Line, operates seven days a week, from midnight to 7 a.m. On Sundays, service starts at 10 p.m.


The safety and security of every resident is important to us. Northern View residents use their apartment key to access their building, apartment and bedroom.

The Northern View Community Center houses an NIU Police community safety center, providing the convenience of NIU officer presence right in Northern View Community.

Important Numbers

Front Desk: 815-753-8439
NIU Police Non Emergency: 815-753-1212
Emergencies: 911

Mailing Address

[Your Name]
[Building Number] Northern View Circle Apt. [Apartment Number]
DeKalb, IL 60115

All mail is delivered to your mailbox located outside the Northern View community center. All packages delivered by USPS can be found in the package mailboxes below the other mailboxes. A key to the package box will be placed in your main mailbox allowing you to access your package.

If the package is being delivered from services like UPS, FedEx, DHL or Amazon, or is too big to be put in one of the package mailboxes, then it will be brought to the community center. You will be sent an email letting you know that you have a package to pick up at the front desk.

You will need your OneCard or a photo ID to pick up a package.

About mail and packages

Community Center

In the Northern View community center, you can find a multipurpose room, game room, playroom, 24-hour study lounge, administrative offices and the Northern View front desk. Be sure to bring your NIU OneCard if you are going after hours as the community center will be locked.

The multipurpose room, game room and playroom are available at these hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (play areas until 8 p.m.)
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


The multipurpose room, game room, kitchen and playroom may only be reserved by Northern View staff and Northern View residents for family-related events. Northern View residents can stop by the Northern View community center to find out about reservations.

These areas cannot be reserved by student organizations, but student organizations can find out about hosting an event at another residence hall.


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can have guests stay with you, but you must follow the housing handbook guest policies. Hosts are responsible at all times for the conduct of their visitors.

All deliveries (including furniture deliveries) come to the community center office. You're responsible for moving any furniture into your apartment. Northern View staff cannot assist with moving furniture.

If you plan on having furniture delivered, we recommend having it delivered on the day you're moving in and working with the delivery company directly to have furniture brought to your apartment. Companies like UPS, FedEx or Amazon do not have access to apartment buildings and may not be able to accommodate your request like a private delivery company would.

No, you cannot sublet or allow anyone to live in your apartment that is not listed on your contract. If you need to make changes to your living arrangements, please contact us.

Students are required to stay in the apartment they contracted for. All residents sharing an apartment will complete a roommate agreement with their CA to ensure a positive living experience for all parties. We highly recommended that you reach out to your roommate prior to moving in together.

No. Since apartments have a kitchen, you are not required to have a meal plan at Northern View Community. However, Northern View residents have the ability to select from the meal plan options offered to off-campus students.

No, unfortunately, we do not provide storage space. However, there are various storage companies near NIU.

You are responsible for keeping your unit in a clean and safe condition.

No. Smoking is prohibited on all campus property, in accordance with the Smoke-Free Campus Act. The act prohibits smoking on all Illinois state-supported higher education institutions, including public university and community college campuses.

If you are age 21 or older, you can have alcoholic beverages in your apartment. However, your unit's door must be closed while alcoholic beverages are being consumed.

No pets, except small fish, are allowed in your apartment. Pet sitting is also not allowed. Learn about emotional support animals at NIU.

Yes, but all grilling must be done 100 feet away from any building.

Yes, you must move out if you are no longer an NIU student. Northern View Community is for NIU students, their dependents or spouses/partners only. One person in the unit must be a student at NIU, and the NIU student must be the primary contract holder.

Students in elementary school will attend Malta Elementary School. Students in middle school will attend Clinton Rosette Middle School. Students in high school will attend DeKalb High School. Visit DeKalb Community School District 428 for more information.

Due to the high demand of students wanting to live in Northern View, we cannot guarantee a tour. Any request for a tour must be made in advance and tours are not available on a walk-in basis. Please call the Northern View Community office to ask about the possibility of a tour. You can also view a number of photos of Northern View and its apartments online.

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