We're excited that you're interested in living on campus in the fall! The residence halls and Northern View Community apartments are great places to find your niche on campus. Life on campus is full of opportunities to get engaged.
Will you be a new student or are you a current resident looking to renew your housing?
Apply and be admitted to NIU.
Once the contract is completed you can either allow our team to place you in the next available room, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your top three building choices. Then our team will review and try to find a vacant space in your top choices within two to three business days. You can log in to see your assignment location .
Make sure you are connected with the Orientation Office and have your academic advisor information to complete course registration. You'll learn more about NIU, your classes and what to expect on move-in day.
Bringing a car to campus? Buy your parking permit at orientation.
Get everything you need for your new room. See a packing list.
Week of August 18-20, 2021
Stay tuned for your specific date and time consistent with physical distancing measures. Move in for first year students to NIU will be between August 18-20, 2021.
As a current resident, you get the opportunity to select housing ahead of incoming freshmen and transfer students. Your prepayment is waived, so there's no upfront cost to sign up for housing.
|Contract renewal period
Starting Jan. 19, 10 a.m.
|Renew your contract for the 2021-2022 year.|
|Renew your current room
Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to Jan. 25, 10 a.m.
|You'll be able to secure your current room on campus for the 2021-2022 year.|
|Select a different room on your current floor or cluster
Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to Feb. 1, 10 a.m.
|You'll be able to select a different room on your current floor or cluster for the 2021-2022 year.|
|Campuswide room selection lottery begins for current residents
Look up your lottery number and see when you can sign up.
You can sign up for a different building, floor, or Living-learning or Special Interest community during the lottery. Students who have lived on campus longer can select a room sooner.
|Campuswide room selection opens to all current residents
Feb. 4, 4 p.m. to Mar. 1, 3 p.m.
|All students currently living on campus can select a room ahead of incoming freshmen and transfer students until March 1.|
|Offline/in-person sign-up only for current residents
Mar. 1, 3 p.m. to Mar. 8, 9 a.m.
|Freshmen and incoming transfer students select rooms during this time. If you haven't selected a room yet, visit our office to choose a room.|
|Sign-up open to all students
Mar. 8, 9 a.m. to Aug. 20 at 4 p.m.
|Room selection is open to all students, including current residents, freshmen and transfer students.|
Week of August 20, 2021
Stay tuned for your specific date and time consistent with physical distancing measures.
Learn more about what to expect on move-in day.