Fall 2020 Move-In Information

We're looking forward to welcoming you to campus.

We're taking many steps to prioritize your health and safety, including:

  • Single rooms for all students.
  • Face coverings required in common areas.
  • Hand sanitizer stations.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of common areas.

If you have any questions, contact us at housing@niu.edu or check our fall 2020 frequently asked questions.

Schedule for Making a Move-In Reservation

  • Northern View Community apartments
  • New NIU students in the residence halls – reservations open August 5
  • Returning NIU students in the residence halls – reservations open August 6

There are three steps to this process:

  • You will follow the links to the left and reserve a move-in date and time for your assigned space. Once you have reserved that date and time, we will send you an email with instructions on how to submit your COVID-19 test results.
  • Once you have your COVID-19 test results, please follow the email instructions to submit those results back to Housing and Residential Services. Do not mail your results to NIU.  You must follow our instructions in your email for submitting the results.
  • Once your results are received, we will send you an email acknowledging receipt of the results. The results will be reviewed for a negative test result. Then we will send you a confirmation email for your move-in date and time.

Students who have positive test results will not be permitted to move-in to their campus residence until they have been released from their isolation period by their primary care provider and/or local health authority. Housing and Residential Services will assist the student in re-scheduling their move-in date and time.

Students who are told by their testing agency that they cannot receive a hard copy/electronic copy of their results, or are having other concerns with the testing process should contact the NIU Center for Student Assistance at studentassistance@niu.edu or call them at 815-753-8300 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Preparing to Move In

To ensure the well-being of our community, we advise you to follow CDC guidelines in the weeks before you arrive on campus. This includes:

  • Not traveling outside your current hometown during the 14 days before you arrive.
  • Not attending large gatherings or other events that could expose you to COVID-19.
  • Practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently.

Required COVID-19 Test

You must take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before you can move into your room. Tests are available at health care providers and at Illinois community-based testing sites. You must:

  • Check with your insurance provider, since you're responsible for costs not covered by insurance.
  • Schedule an appointment in advance, if needed.
  • Get tested within seven days of your move-in date, no earlier.
  • Share the results with NIU at least 24 hours before your move-in date.

If your test is negative, you'll be able to move in. If it's positive, you'll need to isolate at home for 14 days. We'll work with you to schedule a move-in date when you're cleared from quarantine.

We'll email you more information about the testing process in early August.

Move-In Days

You can move in on the following dates:

  • First-year students in residence halls: Aug. 19, 20, 21.
  • Returning students in residence halls: Aug. 21, 22, 23.
  • Northern View Community residents: Aug. 10-14 (limited times after Aug. 14).

Up to two family members can help you move in. Everyone must wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Volunteers will not be available to help with move-in this year. 

Early Drop-and-Go Option

To help make move-in days less crowded, we're offering an early drop-and-go option on Aug. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 16.

You can schedule an hour on one of these days to place your items in your room. There's no need to unpack or set up right away, and no contact with others. Your items will be safely locked in your room until you arrive later in August.

Please note: The drop-and-go option may be limited in New Residence Hall due to summer school occupancy.

Roommates

We're working to reassign students from double rooms into singles. Though you won't be sharing a room with your roommate this fall, we'll try to place them on the same floor or in the same residence hall as you.

If you planned to be in a double room with a roommate, the person who submitted their signed contract first will stay in the original room. The other person will be relocated, possibly to a different hall due to space limitations.

If you live in a suite or mini-suite, you'll have your own bedroom and share common spaces with another student.

If you live in a two- or three-bedroom unit at Northern View, you'll have a roommate or roommates. Each person will have their own bedroom.

Cost and Cancellations

You'll pay the double room rate for your single room. If we reassign you to another hall with a higher double room rate, you'll need to pay that higher amount. Compare room rates.

If you don't want to live on campus and already signed a contract, you can request a release from your contract. You may have to pay a cancellation charge:

  • Before Aug. 10: No cancellation charge. You'll get your deposit back.
  • After Aug. 10: Cancellation charges may apply. You won't get your deposit back.

If you haven't signed a contract, you can request an exemption to the residency requirement.

Contact Us

Housing and Residential Services
Neptune East 101
housing@niu.edu
815-753-1525
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