Miscellaneous FAQs

What do I need to know about meal plans?

Information about meal plans will be available later this summer. You can find out more information regarding dining on campus on the Dining Services web site. All freshmen living in on-campus housing have a 14-meal-a-week meal plan to start with, to insure that they can access the Dining halls immediately.

Will you be mailing my housing contract to me?

The housing contract is electronic, and the link to it is sent to you via your Northwestern email account. You sign it by entering your Student ID number where prompted on the contract, and clicking the submit button.

Where can I store my bike?
Students are prohibited from storing their bikes in their room.  A few residence halls or residential colleges have a bike room.  All buildings have ample outdoor bike racks. We also offer a bike storage program, where we will store a limited number of bikes during winter quarter.
I'm a freshman. How do I register for Career Cat if I don't know my GPA yet?
You can enter a fake GPA for now, then when you get your grades later in the month, you can adjust your GPA on your account.
I need to know when the halls open and close before and after each quarter in order to book my plane ticket. Where can I find that information?
Check the housing dates for information about opening and closing.
Can I stay in my room over Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Break?

All students may stay in their room during both Thanksgiving Break and Spring Break. For Winter Break Housing information, refer to the information below:

In the 2015-16 school year, Winter Break housing will be available to all current residential students.

When is Winter Break Housing?

Housing is available noon on Friday, December 11, 2015 through noon on Saturday, January 2, 2016. Students can stay for one night or as many nights of Winter Break as they would like.

Where do students stay?

If approved, students will be assigned to a temporary space in a designated winter break housing residence hall.

What does it cost?

Nightly costs will be posted later on this year.

How do students apply?

Residential students must fill out a Winter Break Housing Application form to remain on campus for Winter Break. This form will be available later in the Fall Quarter.


If you have any questions, please call 847-467-HOME (4663) or email housing@northwestern.edu.

What size are the mattresses?
All mattresses on campus are 36" by 80". They are sometimes referred to as "twin extra-long" mattresses. Please refer to our list of things to bring for information on a program that the Residential Housing Association coordinates to help students find the right linens.