Fall 2020 Information about Housing and Dining
Dear New Huskie,
First, congratulations again on being admitted to NIU! We are excited to welcome you to campus this fall as you begin your academic journey to pursue knowledge and career success that will enable you to change the world.
You’ll also soon see that “Huskies Never Quit,” even amid a pandemic, and that this incredible family now includes you.
Second, and as promised last month, NIU is now able to share with you better details about on-campus housing and dining for the fall. These decisions prioritize your health and well-being as we continue to deliver positive learning experiences for all.
We are doing everything we can to cultivate the most engaging and rewarding “college experience” possible in our residence halls. You’ll hang out with friends, enjoy fun times, make lifelong memories and find numerous opportunities and places to belong and to thrive as a proud and happy NIU Huskie!
Because freshmen who feel most comfortable living and learning at home will not be required to live on campus this fall, some of this message might not apply to you. If this is the case, you might want to skip to the Dining Updates section of this message.
One change that you’ve already heard is that each student living in our residence halls during the 2020-21 academic year will have an individual room with no roommates, a decision that was made to prioritize the health and well-being of our students though physical distancing. We do these things because we care about fellow Huskies.
Because NIU is committed to affordability, we’ve discounted the price for single rooms to the double-occupancy level. You can view those room-and-board rates online.
We will continue to provide more specific information with you throughout the summer, and we hope that today’s message helps you to make your best choice for housing this fall. Every hall is open this fall, including Neptune North, to provide maximum residential space. We’ve also modified bathroom facilities to provide for greater physical distancing.
Students who have not yet contracted for housing this fall:
Beginning this week, you can still complete a contract; however, you will not receive an assignment this week. Visit MyHousing.niu.edu beginning at noon Monday, June 29, to review your information.
Students with a housing contract for a room in Stevenson Towers, Grant Towers or Neptune Hall:
Staff in Housing and Residential Services are now beginning to reassign students who were contracted for double-occupancy rooms into singles. For example, if you planned to be in a double with a specific roommate, whoever signed the contract and submitted it first will stay in the original room selection and the other roommate will be relocated. If you already have a single room assignment for the upcoming year, this situation will not impact you.
Please know that we will do our best to keep roommates on the same floor or in the same building. However, we cannot promise that students can stay in their current buildings during the reassigning process. Because space is limited by COVID-19 physical distancing, some students might need to move to different halls.
If you anticipate receiving a change in your housing assignment, visit MyHousing.niu.edu beginning at noon Monday, June 29, to review your information.
Monday, Aug. 10, is the penalty-free date to cancel your housing. If your plans have changed for the fall, and you no longer need your room, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can give it to another student.
We acknowledge that these changes will not meet everyone’s expectations. We anticipate requests for changes, and we will maintain a waitlist for each residence hall through early August to try to accommodate change-requests throughout the rest of the summer.The Housing and Residential Services FAQ have been updated to reflect the latest information.
Students with Housing Contracts in New Hall:
Because all rooms are singles, this situation will not impact you and your room rate will not change.
Dining halls will open three times a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with suitable time in between each service to thoroughly clean and sanitize all areas. Tables are spaced 6 feet apart, and every meal will allow for take-out options
Your residential meal plans work in the Neptune and New Hall dining rooms as well as in the Stevenson Retail Dining Center. The Huskie Classic plan is unavailable this fall because unlimited access does not provide physical distancing. Students who wanted that plan will receive Block 19, which provides 19 all-you-can-eat meals per week.
Don’t forget that you still can purchase an on-campus meal plan even if you’re living off campus!
Most food services in the Holmes Student Center –our brand new Qdoba, The Grill at the Huskie Den and The Depot C-Store – are open, and we’re expanding the hours of the “meal exchange” at those places to begin at 1 p.m. so that you can use one of your meal swipes for a combination of items, such as a sandwich, chips and a drink.The Campus Dining Services FAQ have been updated to address the latest changes.
Living on Campus
Clearly, living on campus will look and feel different than it has for previous generations – but we are doing everything we can to cultivate the most engaging and rewarding “college experience” possible in our residence halls.
You’ll definitely see expanded cleaning of surfaces and shared spaces, and you’ll be able to enjoy the company of your friends as long as you wear face coverings that help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and practice physical distancing.
Please watch your email throughout the summer for more important messages regarding your housing and dining this fall. Everyone at NIU is focused on your future and dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. We care deeply about your success.
On behalf of Housing and Residential Services and Campus Dining Services, we look forward to welcoming you to NIU in August.
Senior Director, Housing and Residential Services
Executive Director, Campus Dining Services