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Campus Housing

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It offers a lot of conveniences but is more functional than fancy.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: overall it is okay, but some resident hall needs to be remodeling

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I overall like it here. It is not to big of a campus but at the same time the campus isn't to small. I live in stevenson which happens to be one of the more social dorms to live in at NIU.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are better choices out there

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great. You meet a lot more people living on campus and the people on your floor are like your family. The food isn't bad and it available until 11pm, which is great if you have a night class that gets out at 9.

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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?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
6,000
Average Housing Costs
$8,910
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
33%
Number of Dormitories
5
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
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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  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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