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Welcome to Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services at Northern Illinois University!


Our department is a resource center and lounge space for any type of NIU student. Although we welcome anyone to our office and lounge space, we focus our attention and expertise on students who live off campus, commute from home, have children, are military students, and/or are over the age of 24.

Our staff is dedicated to assisting students in finding the resources they need to be more successful at NIU, whether those resources involve locating housing options, carpooling opportunities, locker space, free coffee, or computer access. Please visit our office in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center, rooms 023J and 023K. We would be more than happy to assist you!

Interested in learning more about our office? Please register with us so we can keep you informed about our latest office activities. Also, please visit us on YouTube!


Welcome Back Veterans BBQ

Date: Thursday, September 4

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: North Lawn Adams Hall

Military Student Services is once again hosting its annual September BBQ. Come out and meet the MSS staff, connect with other NIU veteran students, and enjoy free BBQ! 

Neighborhood Block Party 

Date: Wednesday, September 10

Time: 4-7 p.m.

Location: MLK Commons

NIU is proud to announce this inaugural campus event! This campus festival is where everyone can meet their neighbors and celebrate your culture, tradition, pride, and identity through an activity, performance, or food item! Individuals, campus organizations, faculty, and staff can all register to take part in the Block Party. Chose a theme you would like to be apart of and joing other members of the campus commnity in creating activities built around your chosen theme. Please RSVP for this event!

Summer in September

Date: Wednesday, September 24

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: OSAS Lawn

Once again Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Services will be teaming up with the Office of Student Academic Success for a midday barbeque. Mark your calenders now!

Off-Campus Housing Fair

Date: Thursday, October 30

Time: 12-4 p.m.

Location: NIU Rec Center

Save the date as OCNTSS is once again working to bring the local properties to campus for students to gather information as you begin planning for the 2015-2016 academic calender year. For more information regarding the Housing Fair, e-mail Graduate Assitant Dan Thetford or call the office at 815-753-9999.


Both the Military Student Services and the Off-Campus Non-Traditional Student Services offices will be closed on the last Friday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a combined staff meeting.

The following are the Fall Semester 2014 scheduled dates: TBA

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