Undergraduate Housing

Elder Hall

Elder Hall

All undergraduate students have the option to live in our residence halls, residential colleges, residential communities, and special-interest housing. Nearly every first-year student chooses to live in our residential buildings and nearly 70% of the undergraduate population lives on campus. To help choose where to live, explore your housing options below. 

You can also view our "Living at NU" Housing Brochure for a brief overview of each living option. Additional room photos can be viewed on the Residential Services Facebook Page. View our neighborhood housing map to view where all of our residential buildings are located on campus.

Housing Models

There are three different housing models for our residential buildings: residence halls, residential communities, and residential colleges. One of the main differences between these models is the degree of faculty involvement options. Residence halls have all of the programs and support a student needs for a successful residential experience. Residential communities provide some extra programming and faculty engagement opportunities. Residential colleges have the most opportunities for faculty engagement and programming. The descriptions below go into more detail about each housing model:  

Residence Halls

We have 13 traditional residence halls on campus, ranging from residences with as few as 25 students to larger residences with more than 500. Each building has its own character, spirit, and unique advantages. The residence halls are a great place to live and meet people from all over the world. Resident Assistants and student leaders from Residence Hall Association (RHA) frequently plan programs to help you meet people and be academically successful.

Residence Halls features:

  • Resident Assistants
  • Residence Directors
  • Residence Hall Association (RHA) leaders
  • Programming
  • Academic support

Explore residence hall options.

Residential Communities

We have two residential communities on campus, located at Allison Hall and Elder Hall. These communities focus on student engagement, student-driven programming, and live-in faculty involvement while providing students with a comfortable place to live, learn, and grow. Our Faculty-in-Residence Program is one main difference between residential colleges and residential communities. These faculty members interact with students outside of the classroom in meaningful and enriching ways. They offer guidance, help students access resources, and build community by hosting gatherings that promote learning, interaction, and participation within their community.

Residential Communities features:

  • Resident Assistants
  • ​Residence Directors
  • Faculty-in-residence
  • Credit-bearing seminars on-site
  • Programming
  • Academic support​​

Explore residential community options.

Residential Colleges

We have 11 residential colleges on campus, ranging from 40 to nearly 300 students. Some have a single unifying theme such as international studies while others are multi-thematic. Each college is headed by a faculty member who serves as the Faculty Master. Masters and student officers recruit faculty members for the fellows program, which supports faculty presence through meals in the college, presentations known as “firesides,” and outings around campus and Chicago. In addition, fellows routinely lead small credit-bearing seminars reserved for college members and mentor residents as research assistants through a specially funded program.

Residential Colleges features:

  • Resident Assistants
  • ​Residence Directors
  • Residential College Board (RCB) leaders
  • Faculty Masters
  • Credit-bearing​ seminars on-site
  • Programming
  • Academic support
  • Theme-based buildings
  • Reserved dining hall spaces for faculty engagement

Explore residential college options.

Special Interest Housing

Special interest housing is for students who choose to live with others who share a special academic or personal interest. A special interest housing group may be located on a wing of a residence hall or have "exclusive use" of a small house. To view our special interest housing options within University Housing, visit our Special Interest Housing page.

Room Types

In the descriptions, you will see some terms used to describe the style of housing. You can learn more about the layout of traditional style housing, open suites, and closed suites by visiting our Styles of Housing page.

You can also view virtual tours of typical double and single rooms: