Moving In

Check-in begins soon! Here's what to expect for move-in day.

We have received your Early Arrival Agreement.

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, learn more about signing up to live on campus.

Move-In Day Timeline

  • 1

    Know your move-in date

    Spring 2019

    Friday, January 11

  • 2

    Pack your things and contact your roommate

  • 3

    Check in on or after move-in day

    Check In Online
    (Only if you lived here in the fall)
    Not available yet.

    If you're moving in for the first time, stop by your hall's front desk so we can meet you and give you your room key!


    Look up your room number

  • 4

    Drive to campus on move-in day

    Regular parking regulations are in effect on move-in day in January. If you're bringing a car to campus, you can purchase an orange permit for residents. See the campus parking map to find 15-minute unloading areas near the residence halls.

  • 5

    Get your key and move your things to your room

    If you're moving on campus for the first time, after you get your key from the front desk, you'll be able to move your things into you 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.
  • 6

    Floor meeting

    You will have a floor meeting sometime during your first week on campus. Your floor's community advisor will schedule the meeting to let you know where it'll be happening, and it'll be a chance to get to meet everyone on your floor!

  • 7

    Getting to know NIU

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 or blinds
  • 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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