Early Arrival

You've signed up for early arrival

Look in your student Z-ID email for your confirmation.

Don't forget to check in before you arrive!

If you need to move in before your hall officially opens, you can sign up to move into your room early for a daily fee.

Early arrival is only possible during the fall semester. See the move-in timeline to find out when your hall opens.

Hall Official Fall Opening and Contract Start Date Earliest Arrival Possible Early Arrival Fee
(Unless you are eligible for a reduced rate)
Gilbert Hall Friday, August 24 Friday, August 17 $23 per day
Grant Towers Friday, August 24 Friday, August 17 $23 per day
New Hall Friday, August 24 Friday, August 17 $23 per day
Neptune Hall Friday, August 24 Friday, August 17 $23 per day
Stevenson Towers Friday, August 24 Friday, August 17 $23 per day
Northern View Community Friday, August 17 Tuesday, August 14 $23 per day

The fee is billed to your NIU Bursar account for each day you stay before your hall officially opens and your fall contract begins. Your residence hall room is provided in "as is" condition and we'll continue to work on cleaning and repairs up until your hall opens. Check out Campus Dining location hours to see where you can eat before the halls officially open.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is my move-in date?

Log into Housing Sign Up and select Rooms and Meal Plans to see when your move-in date is.

What time can I arrive?

You can arrive at any time, day or night, on or after the early arrival date you've signed up for.

How much does it cost?

$23 per day.

How do I pay?

The early arrival fee will be billed to your NIU Bursar account, along with your tuition and housing costs. Log into MyNIU to see your account.

Is dining open?

See currently open dining locations on campus. You can use your 10 flex dollars starting August 20. On August 24, you'll be able to start using your Huskie Unlimited Access Plan at any dining locations accepting the unlimited plan.

If I move in early, will Team NIU be available to help me move my items into my room?

No, Team NIU volunteers are only be available on Friday, August 24 to assist with move-in.

What if I'm moving in early because I'm with CHANCE, Honors, Band Camp, NIU Athletics or another NIU department?

If you believe you are eligible for a reduced rate through participation in a sponsored NIU department activity, please make sure that they notify us. After we receive a confirmation from your sponsoring department, we'll sign you up for early arrival.

Log in and select Rooms and Meal Plans to see if you are signed up for early arrival. If you are not signed up for early arrival, but believe you should be, contact the department you're involved with (like CHANCE, Honors, Band Camp or NIU Athletics).

Where do I check in and get my key?

When you arrive, stop by your hall's front desk with a photo ID to get checked in and receive your key. If the doors are locked when you arrive, call your hall's front desk. You can arrive at any time on the early arrival date that you signed up for.

Hall Check-In Location Front Desk Phone
Gilbert Hall Early arrival check-in at Second Floor Lobby 815-753-3110
Grant Towers Early arrival check-in at North Lobby 815-753-1994
New Hall East Early arrival check-in at Main Lobby 815-753-7631
New Hall West Early arrival check-in at Main Lobby 815-753-7633
Neptune Hall Early arrival check-in at Central Lobby 815-753-1725
Stevenson Towers Early arrival check-in at South Lobby 815-753-0371
Northern View Community Early arrival check-in at Community Center 815-753-8439

Housing and Residential Services
housing@niu.edu
815-753-1525

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