All undergraduate students have the option to live in our residence halls, residential colleges, residential communities, and special-interest housing. Virtually every first-year student chooses to live in our residence halls 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.
Main Housing Options
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.
We have 14 traditional residence halls on campus, ranging from residences with as few as 21 students to larger residences with more than 500. Each building has its own character, spirit, and unique advantages. There is a building and a style to fit just about everyone's preference in living style.
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.
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.
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.