Fanny Ruth Patterson Complex

Located just east of Grant Towers, Patterson Complex features cluster living with enhanced privacy. Students live small group clusters of 12, and each share a semiprivate restroom with one other student. A common space for each group of 12 residents includes a study area, living room area and kitchen-like area.

Patterson's large community center also features an "All You Care to Eat" food court, game room and a study lounge.

Starting at $7,696 per semester, for fall 2024
501 North Annie Glidden Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115
1175 Lincoln Dr. N.
DeKalb, IL 60115
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  • Enhanced-privacy minisuites
  • Share a bathroom with one other person
  • Live in small clusters of 12 residents
  • In-hall dining, game room and lounge next door in the community center
  • Secure hall access with OneCard and PIN

Patterson Complex minisuite

Single Minisuite

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Two bedrooms in the minisuite each include:

  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
  • Nightstand
  • Dresser
  • Window blinds
  • Ethernet port
  • Overhead lighting
  • Mirror as closet doors
  • Chair

The minisuite also includes:

  • Shared vanity area
  • Two sinks with storage and mirrors, one per person
  • Bathroom with shower and toilet
  • Tile flooring
  • Minifridge
  • Storage cabinet above minifridge

A common cluster area shared with roommates living in five other minisuites includes:

  • Living room and kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Television
  • Washer and dryer
  • Garbage/recycling bins
  • Vaccuum
  • Living room and kitchen seating
More rooms may be available in Patterson's communities.



Item Measurements
Bedroom Approximately 10'3" by 9'1"
Ceiling 8'10"
Bed Mattress: 78" by 36" by 8"
Bed: 85" by 36" by 36"
Twin XL sheets provide the best fit.
Bed height from floor
Depends on your selected bed loft option
Junior Loft: 33.5" from floor
Low Loft: 16" from floor
Window Approximately 32" by 57"
One window in each bedroom. Blinds included.
Closet 21.25" by 68" by 78.5"
Includes closet rod.
Dresser Has three drawers.
Outer dimensions: 24.5" by 29.5" by 30.5"
Each drawer: 21" by 26.5" by 5.25"
Desk Outer dimensions: 31" by 24.5" by 29.25"
Desk addition: 17.125" by 24.5" by 29.25"
Locking drawer: 21" by 14" by 5.25"
Cubby hole: 22" by 15.25" by 16.5"
Minifridge Each suite includes one minifridge for every two people. Includes refrigerator and freezer compartments.
Outer dimensions: 20.125" by 18.625" by 33.5"
Refrigerator compartment: 2.13 cubic feet
Freezer compartment: 0.75 cubic feet
Bathroom Includes a shower and a toilet. Tile flooring. You must provide your own shower curtain. The shower opening is 37" wide, and the shower rod is 72" from the floor.
Vanity Area Includes two sinks and a minifridge. Tile flooring.
Cabinet under sink (one for each suitemate): 6" (top) to 15" (bottom) by 30" by 22" (the back of each cabinet is slanted to accommodate drain pipes)
Small cabinet above minifridge with 3 shelves: 16" by 16" by 29"


  • Utilities included
  • Air conditioning
  • Dining Center
  • Game room
  • Washer and dryer in each cluster
  • NIU Wireless
  • Air conditioning
  • Elevators
  • Huskie Bus Line
  • Lab workstations in the community center
  • Vending machines
  • Outdoor bicycle racks
  • Open during Thanksgiving and spring breaks
  • Study rooms
  • Printing and scanning with AnywherePrints
  • Nearby Recreation Center
  • Community safety center

Dining Options

When you live in Patterson Complex, you automatically receive the Huskie Block 12 Plan, which lets you eat at:

Learn more about residential meal plans.

Huskie Bus Line

Huskie Bus Line routes stop in front of Patterson Complex West every 10 minutes during regular hours:

Stops at Patterson West, DuSable, Stevenson, Barsema/Engineering Buildings, Art Building, attractions on Lincoln Highway, and more.

Stops at Patterson West, attractions on Lincoln Highway, Psychology/Computer Science Building, Art Building, Barsema/Engineering Buildings, DuSable 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.

Mailing Address

[Your Name]
Neptune North [Room Number]
750 Lucinda Ave.
DeKalb, IL 60115
[Your Name]
Patterson East [Room Number]
501 North Annie Glidden Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115
[Your Name]
Patterson West [Room Number]
1175 Lincoln Dr. N.
DeKalb, IL 60115

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Patterson's communities give you an opportunity to participate in intellectual, cultural, social activities and community service projects with other students at NIU.

Study Locations

Check out some places you can study in and around Patterson.


The safety and security of every resident is important to us. Patterson Complex residents use their OneCard to enter the building 24/7. Residents must also use their OneCard to get onto their floor, and their card and a PIN access their room. Guest registration is enforced 24/7. Hall staff and NIU police are always available.

OneCard door access

OneCard and PIN required for cluster access

Hall staff and NIU Police available 24/7

Important Numbers

Front Desks: 815-753-7631 (East) or 815-753-7633 (West)
NIU Police Non Emergency: 815-753-1212
Emergencies: 911


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