You're moving away from home and you've got a lot of new experiences ahead. One of those experiences might be living with a roommate! Each year, thousands of students at NIU live on campus with a roommate. We'll help you get settled in with your roommate when you live on campus.
Types of Rooms for Roommates
Depending on where you decide to live on campus, you might have one roommate, share a suite with a few other roommates, or have no roommate at all.
Residents living in a room or a suite together must all identify as the same gender.
Four roommates sharing a suite, where two people each share a bedroom.
(With and without bathrooms)
Two roommates sharing a suite, where each person has their own bedroom.
New Hall Mini-Suite
(Shared bathroom and vanity)
Finding a Roommate
Did you know that over 90% of students living on campus with a roommate let us randomly assign them that roommate? Many students prefer this option because they don’t have to worry about finding someone on their own.
But if you’d like to find another student that will also be living on campus, a great place to start is the official NIU "Class of" Facebook Groups. We organize these groups by graduation year and they're one way to meet hundreds of other Huskies just like you. If you don't see your group, contact Admissions.
If you have a specific roommate (or group of roommates) in mind, you can sign up for a room together online. Before it's time to sign up, one person should log into MyHousing, select Roommates, and invite everyone else into a roommate group. When it's time to sign up, that person will log in and select a room for themselves and the other roommate(s).
Make sure that the person signing up for everyone else knows what meal plans everyone wants! That person will also be selecting everyone's meal plans. (Don't worry — you'll be able to review what plans you've signed up for by logging into MyHousing yourself. If your roommate made the wrong selection, contact us.)
If you want us to assign a roommate for you, there’s nothing special you have to do when you select a room.
Contacting Your Roommate
Whether you sign up with someone you know or we assign a roommate for you, we always let you look up your roommate’s name and email address. This gives you a chance to reach out to them and introduce yourself before move-in day.
Laying Down the Ground Rules
It's important to set expectations for living together. How late do both of you usually stay up? Do you plan to do homework in your room at a certain time each night? When are guests allowed into the room? What are the expectations of each other in terms of personal hygiene? Some of these things might be a little awkward to talk about, but we’ve seen that having these discussions at the beginning of the year helps prevent issues later on.
Your community advisor helps you start the conversation with your roommate by having both of you complete a roommate agreement after you move in. It helps you set expectations about visitors, cleaning, quiet time, sharing, privacy and other situations that can cause tension between roommates. It works!
Getting to Know Each Other
Once you move in, get to know your roommate and others on your floor or in your cluster. Maybe go to lunch or dinner together. Talk about decorating your room. Or have a movie night with others on your floor. See if there are any events happening at NIU that you want to check out. There’s always something happening on campus, especially during Welcome Days in August.
Am I able to change roommates?
Living with a roommate is an important part of your college experience, and we know that you might not have shared a bedroom before arriving at NIU. First off, you need to give each other a chance. Take some time to get acquainted. Remember that the first few weeks on campus are stressful for everyone! After you move in, the roommate agreement that your community advisor (CA) has you complete with your roommate also helps set expectations for living together.
Your CA is also trained to help mediate issues before they become problems – our CAs receive extensive training on roommate mediation. Reach out to them as soon as you have a concern. If you can't reach a satisfactory resolution with the assistance of your CA, then we recommend meeting with the hall director in your building. Your hall director may be able to explore other options including moving you or your roommate to another room if space is available.
Just know that living with a roommate is a relationship. Relationships grow over time, but are stronger with honesty and timely communication. This is an important part of your collegiate journey, and we're here to guide you through it.
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