About the Holmes Student Center

The Holmes Student Center (HSC) first opened in the fall of 1962. The facility was eagerly anticipated by the growing university community and was warmly received. The center contained the first campus bookstore, meeting rooms, guest rooms and other facilities. Originally known as University Center, the building was renamed the Leslie A. Holmes Student Center in 1974, in honor of the former NIU president. Read more about the history of the HSC.

Today, the HSC is home to restaurants, a hotel, recreation facilities, administrative offices and more. See our building directory for a complete list of what we offer.


As an integral part of the educational mission of Northern Illinois University, the Holmes Student Center is committed to providing the campus community with a gathering place that enhances student life, cultivates unity, and promotes development through a variety of cultural, educational, social and recreational programs.

Contact Us

Holmes Student Center
Email: hsc@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-1744
340 Carroll Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115

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