Campus Housing

Dekalb, IL
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Grant C and D need to have some sort of dining. It's really a hassle for students to walk across campus to get food, especially in the winter. NIU also needs to share room sizes with the people who are living there. Some rooms are smaller than the ones that we see on the tours.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are a few nice dorms to choose from. I got lucky and picked a nice one. The only thing is, the nice dorms are very far from classes. There is one dorm in the middle of campus though, so that is convenient. The nice dorms are obviously more expensive, but the money is worth it. I have a lot of space and a great atmosphere.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus so I don't know

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The quality of the dorms at NIU keeps getting better and better. The best dorm on campus is the New Residence Halls and they are amazing. They are pretty pricey but you get what you pay for. The less expensive options on campus are pretty nice as well.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is okay, yes they are small but i think its part of the college experience and students should live in dorms for at least one semester. Like any school the prices are ridiculous and its almost crazy to think that we should be going to school when we barely just started are education with acquired debt.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 992nd
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1064th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 1340th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1365th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Because they view them as more than a simple living space, NIU prefers to call its dorms "residential halls." It's a nice thought, but dorm rooms don't compare all that favorably to jail cells-they are small and cramped, and you are stuck with your roommates whether you like them or not. Most freshmen end up in Grant, which hasn't been properly updated since it was built in the 1960s, and things only get worse when extreme temperatures make living very uncomfortable. The kind janitorial staff is often abused by vandals or students who simply don't clean up after themselves. As a result, the bathrooms can get nasty, and students end up paying floor fines to clean up vandalism they did not commit. NIU requires all freshmen to live on campus, but you could call it a necessary evil because dorm life forces new students to break out of their shells and meet new people, which is essential to a positive experience at NIU. You can tell how cool your floor will be by the percentage of students who keep their doors open-closed doors are a bad sign-but no matter what, you will end up making some of your best friends and worst enemies on your floor. At the very least, every dorm has a computer lab and dining hall, and the Residence Hall Association does an excellent job of programming events and looking out for the needs of students.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Campus Housing Capacity
Average Housing Costs
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Undergrads Living On Campus
Number of Dormitories
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
Best Dorms
  • Neptune Hall
  • Stevenson Towers
Worst Dorms
  • Douglas Hall
  • Grant Towers
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Internet connection
  • Minifridge with microwave
  • Phone jack
Did You Know?
  • In 2002, the University Police established a regular presence in residence halls by setting up five Community Safety Centers, which are staffed by police approximately 24 hours a day. So you will likely see officers eating in dining halls or patrolling floors on a regular basis. The program was credited with an almost 60-percent reduction in criminal incidents in residence halls during its first term in operation.
  • In 2003, smoking was banned inside every residence hall.
  • All campus residents get free cable and access to NIU's movie channel, which features classics voted on by the students, as well as movies recently released to video.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Douglas Hall
Floors: Four 5-story wings
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Laundry service, computer lab, quiet-lifestyle and alcohol-free floors, contains Douglas dining hall and Dog Pound Deli. Academic Residential Programs: Honors House, Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) House, International House
Grant Towers
Floors: Four 13-story towers
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, except for D Tower which has singles
Special Features: Laundry service, computer lab, floor study lounges, quiet-lifestyle and alcohol-free floors, contains Northern Lights Grill, Chicago Blues Coffee Bar, and Grant dining hall. Academic Residential Programs: First Year Residential Experience (FYRE), Hearing-Impaired Interest floor
Lincoln Hall
Floors: Four 5-story wings
Bathrooms: Mostly communal, suites share a private bathroom
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, four-person suites
Special Features: Laundry service, computer lab, commons room with frequently programmed events, quiet-lifestyle and alcohol-free floors, contains Lincoln dining hall and the Neon Grill. Academic Residential Programs: Health Professions House, Business Careers House, Teacher Education and Certification House (TEACH)
Neptune Hall
Floors: Three 4-story buildings
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Art gallery, laundry service, computer lab, quiet-lifestyle and alcohol-free floors, contains Neptune dining hall and Trident's Grab `N Go. Academic Residential Programs: Fine Arts House
Stevenson Towers
Floors: Four 13-story towers
Bathrooms: Mostly communal, some suites share a private bathroom
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, four-person suites
Special Features: Laundry service, computer lab, pool table and big screen television in basement lounge, quiet-lifestyle and alcohol-free floors, contains Stevenson dining hall and the Corner convenience store

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Northern View Community
Floors: Six 3-story buildings
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Full-time students at least 21 years of age
Room Types: One-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Free utilities, cable, and high-speed Internet, computer lab, play room, game room, playground. Apartments come with full kitchens, laundry machines, and high-speed Internet access

Student Polls

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