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Housing and Residential Experience

All members of the Class of 2025 and incoming transfer students will live on campus during the 2021–22 academic year in accordance with the University's residency requirement

After paying your housing deposit (due May 1) and before signing the housing contract (due June 1), you can explore and choose from a wide range of undergraduate housing options. For  complete housing information—including maps, photo galleries, room amenities, and rates—go to the Residential Services website.

Also visit the COVID-19 housing website or the most up-to-date information for fall 2021. 

Residential Experience

Residential Services offers two housing models: residence halls and residential colleges. Each hall or college offers a unique opportunity for engagement and growth. Universal for all campus residents is the experience of living in a residential area that offers common services, amenities, programs, staff, and faculty in residence. 

Housing Contract

You can start filling out your housing contract 72 hours after paying your $200 housing deposit (due  May 1). If you missed the deposit deadline, please contact Residential Services.

To access the contract, go to the housing dashboard and use your NetID and password to log in. Be prepared to indicate your housing and roommate preferences (if any). You may save and make changes to your contract anytime before submitting it. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. CDT on June 1.

Housing is not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Thus, so long as you meet the deadline, it doesn't matter when you submit your contract.

Residential Services emails housing assignments to all new students in August.

Have a Roommate in Mind?

To be assigned to live with the roommate(s) of your choosing, you must know one another's NetIDs and create a roommate group. Creating a roommate group is like submitting friend requests: preferred roommates must accept one another's requests. (Note that you may only be in one roommate group at a time.) After you submit your housing contract, you can always make changes to your roommate group via the "Update Preferences" option. 

No Roommate in Mind?

If you do not have a specific roommate in mind, Residential Services will randomly match you with a roommate based on the building and roommate preference information you provide on the housing contract.

Note that some students change their plans and decide not to enroll at Northwestern, resulting in partially assigned rooms. Should your room be affected, you’ll be notified that you have been assigned a new roommate, which may require relocating to a different room or residence.

Contract Cancellation

Any student who submits a housing contract for 2021–22 may request contract cancellation by August 4. Cancellation requests can be submitted through the Residential Services website and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Accessibility Concerns

Students with physical disabilities or other conditions that may warrant a room reconfiguration or other special arrangements should use the Housing and Dining Accommodation Request Form

Move-In Days

Students will have the ability to select their move-in appointment time in early August. The dates available for new students to choose from are Monday, September 13 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and  Tuesday, September 14 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Please note the dates/times and details are subject to change as Northwestern follows local, state, and federal health and safety guidelines. Visit the COVID-19 Housing Site for the latest move-in details and frequently asked questions. 

Move-In Appointment Time

A move-in appointment is the 30-minute time period allowed for parking and unloading your vehicle at your student residence and moving your belongings to your room. Even students who arrive on campus without a vehicle to unload are required to request a move-in time. The appointments allow Residential Services to coordinate with campus and community partners to provide the widest range of services safely and efficiently. 

Access to the online form for requesting a move-in appointment will begin in early August, after room assignments are sent by email. 

What to Bring for Your Room

Shipping Items in Advance

Residential Services has partnered with University and Student Services’ Ship-to-Your-Room program to offer a convenient way to ship your belongings ahead of move-in days. For full details, see

Through a Residential Services partnership with OCM, students have the option to purchase bedding, bath, and room decor supplies that can be delivered to student residences prior to move-in. Visit the Northwestern University OCM website to place an order.

If you choose do-it-yourself shipping methods (US mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.), you must ensure that packages arrive after you move in; any items that you mail to campus before you're living here will not be accepted. Complete guidelines are at /living/services/mail

A Note about Health and Safety

The safety of our students is our top priority. Dates and details are subject to change as Northwestern follows local, state, and federal health directives and guidelines. Students will be notified of changes via Purple Prep emails throughout the summer.