Moving In

Check-in begins soon! Here's what to expect for move-in day.

We have received your Early Arrival Agreement.

Residence hall move-in day is an experience you'll always remember! We're very excited to welcome you to the NIU campus.

If you don't have a room yet, learn more about signing up to live on campus.

Move-In Day Timeline

  • 1

    Know your move-in date

    For the fall 2019 semester, you can move in on Friday, August 23 or anytime after.

    Friday is the only day that Team NIU volunteers will be standing by to help you move things into your room.


    Northern View Community residents can move in starting on or after Friday, August 16.

    If you want to arrive before Friday, August 23, you can sign up for early arrival closer to move-in day.

  • 2

    Pack your things and contact your roommate

  • 3

    Check in on or after move-in day

    Up to 24 hours before you move in, check in using your phone or a computer using a link that we'll give you closer to move-in day. Have your receipt ready on your phone when you arrive and pick up your key.


    Look up your room number

  • 4

    Drive to campus on move-in day

    When you get close to campus, put your hang tag on your rear view mirror. Be sure to write your phone number on the front in case we need to contact you about your car. Follow the signs and direction from NIU police to get to your hall.

    Starting the Monday after move-in, you'll need to purchase a student permit to park your car on campus.

  • 5

    Get your key and move your things to your room

    After you park, follow the signs to get your room key.

    During fall move-in, you, any of your family members and Team NIU (wearing red shirts) can all help bring your things up to your room.

    How to access your room in
    At your door, hold your OneCard flat against the number pad. After it beeps, enter the OneCard PIN that we give you at check-in. When you hear it unlock, push the door open. The key we'll give you at check-in you will open your closet and also your mailbox on the main floor.
    In the elevator, hold your OneCard flat against the card reader and then press your floor number. At your door, hold your OneCard flat against the number pad. After it beeps, enter the OneCard PIN that we give you at check-in. When you hear it unlock, push the door open. The key we'll give you at check-in you will open your closet and also your mailbox by the front desk.
    The key we'll give you at check in will get you into your floor, room, and also open your mailbox in the lobby on the main floor.
    At your cluster's door, hold your OneCard flat against the number pad. After it beeps, enter your OneCard PIN that we give you at check-in. After you hear it unlock, pull the door open. Then you can use the key we'll give you at check in to get into your mini-suite.
    The key we'll give you at check-in will get you into your room and also open your mailbox.
    In the elevator, use the key we'll give you at check-in to get onto your floor. Your key will let you into your room and also open your mailbox on the main floor.
  • 6

    Floor meeting

    On move-in day, you'll have your first of several floor meetings to get to know your new community and meet your hall's complex coordinator. We'll have a separate orientation for parents at that time as well. After the meeting, you're invited to the Huskie Fall Kick Off at Huskie Stadium, where you'll get to learn about what it means to be an NIU Huskie fan, explore different NIU traditions, and head to the field for a giant "NIU" class photo!

  • 7

    Getting to know NIU

Your room already comes furnished with things like a bed, dresser, and desk (see Things We Provide below), but here are some things you might want to bring on move-in day.

  • Bed sheets (mattresses are 36 inches x 80 inches)
  • Pillow and pillow case
  • Mattress pad
  • Bedspread
  • Linens and towels
  • Television
  • Metal wastebasket
  • Study lamps
  • Toiletries
  • Fan
  • Clock/clock radio
  • Clothing hangers
  • Laundry hamper
  • Shower caddy
  • Ethernet cable (cat 5)
  • Plates and bowls
  • Cups and mugs
  • Cutlery and utensils
  • Food storage
  • Surge protector
  • USB flash drive
  • Headphones or earbuds
  • Under bed storage
  • Batteries
  • Shower curtain (New Hall only)

Things We Provide

  • Draperies or blinds
  • Dresser
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Microfridge
  • Bed/mattress
  • Cable TV hookup
  • Laundry facilities
  • Internet connection

Things to Leave at Home

  • Some kinds of electrical appliances
  • Open-element cooking appliances
  • Pets (other than fish)
  • Water beds
  • Halogen lamps
  • Plastic wastebaskets
  • Candles
  • Minifridge
  • Microwave
  • Futon / Futon bed

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