Fall Housing Sign-up and Renewal

Notice: Our online housing sign-up will be offline July 26-29 for a system maintenance upgrade. Please call or email our office for assistance with completing a housing contract for fall 2021 at 815-753-1525 or housing@niu.edu,  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you attempt to use the links below, you will likely have trouble after midnight on July 26, 2021. If you already have a housing assignment and need help with changing a meal plan or questions about your room assignment. Please email us at housing@niu.edu.

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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    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.

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