Spring On-Campus Housing


The residence halls and Northern View Community apartments are great places to find your niche on campus. Whether you are a new first-year, transfer or a returning upper class student, you'll find that life on campus is both convenient and full of new opportunities to get engaged at NIU!

Why live on campus in the spring?

Your one-semester contract starts in January and ends in May.

No 12-month lease to worry about. You'll get to move in in January and move out in May.

Dining, internet, and utilities included.

Your room rate includes unlimited all-you-care-to-eat dining at locations across campus, NIU Wireless (up to 100 Mbps), and utilities. In most cases you can use financial aid to help cover housing and dining fees.

Safety, security and staff on call 24/7.

On-campus residents enjoy the security that NIU OneCards and controlled door access provide, and our highly trained staff are available 24/7 in each community.

You're already close to your classes. No more hunting for parking.

Many residents walk or bike to class. Or you can take the 2L and 2R bus routes that stop at every residence hall.

Have more questions about living on campus?

We're here to help! Check out some frequently asked questions, give us a call, or send us a Facebook message.

Signing Up for Spring Housing

  • 1

    Be admitted to NIU

    You must apply and be admitted to Northern Illinois University before signing up for housing.

  • 2

    Sign a Housing contract and make a $150 payment

    Sign Contract

    The contract explains what dates you'll have a room and other important terms. You can make the $150 payment with a credit card. $25 of this payment is a non-refundable processing fee and the other $125 is a prepayment on your account. The rest of your room and board charge is paid through your NIU Bursar account.

    After you sign a contract, you will receive a confirmation email in your NIU Z-ID email address.

    If you don't want to do this online, you can also sign a contract and send a check by mail.

  • 3

    Select a room online

    Select a Room

    Do you have an idea of where you want to live? If not, don't worry — we can help you find a room that you'll love. You can start by checking out a comparison of each of our residence halls. You'll also be able to see which halls still have some available beds. If you have any questions about which hall is best for you, give us a call or message us on Facebook.

    If you're planning on signing up with a roommate, they must also be accepted to NIU and sign a Housing contract. If you don't have a roommate in mind when you sign up, we'll give you a roommate. Many people moving into the halls in the spring already have a roommate that's continuing to live there from the fall semester.

  • 4

    Move in!

    Starting January 11 at 10:00 a.m.

    You can check in at the front desk of your residence hall starting on Friday, January 11 at 10:00 a.m. Find out about what to pack when you're getting ready to move in.

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