Off-Campus Housing


Are you looking for off-campus housing near NIU? While our office does not find or place students in housing, we do provide information to help you successfully find off-campus living options.

How much does it cost to live off-campus?

Housing Policies and Procedures

If you want to be released from your housing contract and commute from home, please complete the following forms: 

Local Apartment Search Engines

The Northern Star provides a complete Housing Guide listing local apartment complexes available for rent. This guide includes all relevant information necessary to help make the apartment search as easy as possible. It is broken down by rent, bathrooms, bedrooms and distance from campus. is a comprehensive search engine of local apartment complexes complete with location maps. The site allows you to search for apartments by rent, bathrooms and bedrooms. For additional help searching for apartments, feel free to contact our office at 815-753-9999 or

Landlord/Tenant Law

You should carefully inspect an apartment's physical condition, security features, parking facilities and other amenities before signing a lease. You should also review all rules and regulations (including those pertaining to security deposit and its refund). Student Legal Assistance is an excellent resource for legal information to learn your rights.

Interested in learning more about your rights as a tenant? Check out the Savvy Huskie Landlord/Tenant Rights sheet for more information.

For information on security deposit law and how to get the maximum amount back, visit Student Legal Services or browse this brochure.

Contact Us

MPTSS Lounge and Support Services
Campus Life Building, room 170
815-752-9999 (FAX)

Military Student Benefits Counseling
Campus Life Building 240
815-753-0943 (FAX)