Living on campus will look and feel different than it has previously, of course, but NIU is doing all we can to cultivate the most engaging, rewarding and healthy “college experience” possible in our residence halls. Whether you are a new or returning Huskie, we’re sure that you’ll love your home on campus.
You’ll meet new people and make new friends. You’ll have fun during movie-discussion nights, room-decorating contests, online book clubs, Huskie History events, daily trivia and even virtual open-mic nights where you can share your talents. You’ll also have easy access to professional staff who can connect you with valuable campus resources, which include high-speed internet.
Here’s what you’ll need to know.
New students to NIU will move in during prescheduled appointments August 19, 20 and 21. Returning students also will have prescheduled appoints to move in between August 21 and August 23. All students living in NIU residence halls were notified on July 16 that they will be required to take COVID-19 PCR tests and send the results to NIU prior to moving into their residence halls.
To provide physical distancing consistent with public health recommendations, all residence hall bedrooms are single occupancy this fall. Any student who is assigned to a suite or mini-suite will share common space with one other student, and in certain situations a semi-private bathroom.
Because Huskies care about each other, all students and staff in the residence halls will play a collaborative role in maintaining a safe and healthy environment. We are working to provide a fun, engaging and inclusive experience this fall with community-building activities and improved access to professional staff who can offer helpful support and resources.
Policies of NIU Housing and Residential Services will evolve to meet updated and official guidance on COVID-19, and comply with health and safety laws. All residents, staff and visitors will be required to abide by these policies at all times.
With approval of the DeKalb County Health Department and in accordance with CDC guidance, NIU has created plans for quarantine and isolation. Students who cannot quarantine or isolate in their current spaces have two options. If possible, they can quarantine or isolate at their home residence after notifying the DeKalb County Health Department and the NIU Housing and Residential staff of their building of their intentions. If a home residence is not possible or preferred, the student will be relocated to an NIU staff-monitored facility.