Early Arrival

You've signed up for early arrival

When to arrive: You can show up anytime between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on or after your early arrival date.

How to pay: The daily early arrival fee is billed to your account along with your other tuition, room and board costs. You'll see it on your next statement.

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, Aug. 23 Wednesday, Aug. 21 $23 per day
Grant Towers Friday, Aug. 23 Wednesday, Aug. 21 $23 per day
New Hall Friday, Aug. 23 Wednesday, Aug. 21 $23 per day
Neptune Hall Friday, Aug. 23 Wednesday, Aug. 21 $23 per day
Stevenson Towers Friday, Aug. 23 Wednesday, Aug. 21 $23 per day
Northern View Community Friday, Aug. 16 Email housing@niu.edu for early arrival options in Northern View Community.

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.

Sign Up for Early Arrival

(No longer available)

(Starting in August)


Frequently Asked Questions

When is my move-in date?

Log into MyHousing and select Rooms and Meal Plans to see when your move-in date is. If you sign up for early arrival, you'll see your move-in date on this page.

What time can I arrive?

You can arrive between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on or after the early arrival date you've signed up for.

How much does early arrival cost?

$23 per day. 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.

Why can't I move in before Wednesday, Aug. 21?

We'll be working hard to make sure rooms are clean and ready to go for the fall semester after summer students move out of the residence halls a few days earlier. This is why you won't be able to move in earlier than Wednesday, Aug. 21.

If you need housing before Wednesday, check out other DeKalb area hotels, including the on-campus Hotel at Holmes.

Is dining open?

See currently open dining locations on campus. On August 23, you'll be able to start using your meal plan at dining locations across campus.

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, Aug. 23 between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 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

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

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