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
Know your move-in date
Friday, January 11 or anytime afterwards.
Pack your things and contact your roommate
- Look at your room's measurements to see how much space you have under your bed, in your closet, and in your drawers.
- Read the What to Bring list. Don't forget bed sheets!
- If you're moving into a new room, you can request a bed loft.
- Contact your roommate to get to know each other, discuss the basics, plan for what to bring, and set the tone for a great new academic year.
- Remember to bring your OneCard or another state-issued photo ID on move-in day. Learn about getting a OneCard ID.
Check in on or after move-in day
If you're moving in for the first time, stop by your hall's front desk so we can meet you and give you your room key!
Get your key and move your things to your room
If you're moving on campus for the first time, after you get your key from the front desk, you'll be able to move your things into you room.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.
You will have a floor meeting sometime during your first week on campus. Your floor's community advisor will schedule the meeting to let you know where it'll be happening, and it'll be a chance to get to meet everyone on your floor!
Getting to know NIU
- Where to Eat: You can use your unlimited meal plan at residential dining locations on campus. You'll also have 10 Flex Dollars that you can use at locations accepting flex dollars.
- Enrolled in Classes: If you aren't already, make sure you are enrolled in classes by Sunday evening of the first week of classes. Otherwise, you will have to move out of your room. We'll remind you about this during move-in if you're not enrolled.
- Connect to NIU Wireless: Get your PC, Mac, or phone connected to the internet.
- What's my address? Find out how to get mail and packages addressed to you when you live on campus.
What to Bring
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
- Linens and towels
- Metal wastebasket
- Study lamps
- 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
- Shower curtain (New Hall only)
Things We Provide
- Draperies or blinds
- Desk chair
- 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
- Futon / Futon bed
Typically acceptable appliances (UL approved) include computers, televisions, DVD players, game consoles, stereos, razors and fans. Some hair dryers or curling irons may require additional power and need to be used in public area bathrooms rather than individual resident rooms to avoid tripping circuit breakers.
Use surge protectors/power strips for all appliances, particularly computers, televisions, stereo equipment and game consoles. Lightweight extension cords and multiple outlet plugs without surge protectors create a safety hazard and are prohibited.
Electrical appliances with an enclosed heating element are permitted in the halls (e.g. popcorn makers, coffee pots) if used under continual supervision by the user. Open-ended heating elements and electrical appliances that may pose a fire hazard such as hot plates, hot pots, electric or contact grills, and space heaters, are prohibited.