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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, sign up to live on-campus in the fall.

Move-In Day Timeline

  • 1

    Know your move-in date

    Hall Move-In Date
    Gilbert Friday, August 25,
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Grant
    New Hall
    Neptune
    Stevenson
    Northern View Community Friday, August 18,
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Look up your hall and room number. Need to get here early? Sign up for early arrival.

    Planning on arriving after these times? That's not a problem, but there won't be anyone available to help you move in — you'll be on your own. Come during the above times and Team NIU volunteers will be standing by to help you move your things into your room.

  • 2

    Pack your things and contact your roommate

  • 3

    Drive to campus on move-in day

    When you get close to campus, hang the tag you received in the mail on your rear view mirror. NIU police officers will direct traffic and guide you to your hall.



  • 4

    Check in and move your things to your room

    Online Check In  August 25 only

    After you park, follow the signs to get checked in and get your room key. You, any of your family members and Team NIU (wearing red shirts) can all help bring your things up to your room.

    Getting into your room in
    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.
  • 5

    Floor meeting

    That afternoon, you'll have your first of several floor meetings to get to know your new community and meet your residence hall's complex coordinator. We'll have a separate orientation for parents at that time as well. After the meeting, you're invited to the Huskie Fall Kick Off at Huskie Stadium, where you'll get to learn about what it means to be an NIU Huskie fan, explore different NIU traditions, and head to the field for a giant "NIU" class photo!

  • 6

    Welcome Days and beyond

    • Welcome Days: We've planned many special events to welcome you to the NIU community during your first days here. Check out Welcome Days events.
    • Where to Eat: You can begin using your meal plan on Friday, August 25 at any open dining location 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 Friday, September 8. 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.

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
  • Bedspread
  • Linens and towels
  • Television
  • Metal wastebasket
  • Study lamps
  • Toiletries
  • Fan
  • 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
  • Batteries
  • Shower curtain (New Hall only)

Things We Provide

  • Draperies
  • Dresser
  • Desk
  • Desk chair
  • Microfridge
  • Bed/mattress
  • 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
  • Candles
  • Minifridge
  • Microwave
  • Futon / Futon bed

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