Fall Housing Sign-up and Renewal

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.

Get Started

Will you be a new student or are you a current resident looking to renew your housing?

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    Be admitted

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    Check out our residence halls

    Take some time to learn about NIU's residence halls and residential communities and find the one that's a great fit for your lifestyle. You can even schedule a tour and experience the halls in person.

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    Submit your housing contract and prepayment

    Sign Contract and Make Prepayment

    Sign your contract and make a $150 payment. $25 of this payment is a non-refundable processing fee and the other $125 is a prepayment for your housing.

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

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    Preference your building choice

    Sign Up

    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 housing@niu.edu  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 .

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    Attend orientation and register for courses

    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.

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    Get a parking permit

    Bringing a car to campus? Buy your parking permit at orientation.

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    Pack your things


    Get everything you need for your new room. See a packing list.

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    Move in!

    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.

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    Select your room

    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.

    Renew Your 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

    Feb. 3-4

    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.
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    Move in

    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.

Contact Us

Housing and Residential Services
Neptune East 101
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