FAQs for Future Residents

So you are looking to live on campus, we know you have a lot of questions. We've assembled this list of frequently asked questions to help you prepare for living on campus at Northern.

The housing requirement is described in the housing guidelines.

To see residence hall dimensions, as well as a description of different room types, click here

You and your friend will each need to request each other after you have both completed your applications. Log into your MyNMU and enter the Housing portal, click "Room Selection" at the top of the page, then "Roommate/Suitemates" to search a person by last name or to use the advanced roommate search if you are not sure who you want to live with. Once you send a request, it will only be honored if the other person confirms that request. You may also select suitemates

It's important to remember that your roommate does not need to be your best friend in order to be a good roommate. Discuss the expectations you have for your room before you get to campus. You will receive a roommate and suitemate agreement within the first few weeks that will help you to discuss your expectations. If things are not working out, talk with your RA. They can help you talk with your roommate and try to work through any issues. If that does not work, it may be possible to move rooms. 

If you are looking for additional privacy in the residence halls, we recommend the private shared suites in The Woods complex. In this style, students still have a roommate and suitemates, but each person within the suite has their own private bedroom. 

  • Two twin XL mattresses
  • Two desks and two desk chairs
  • Four, two-drawer stackable dressers
  • Window blinds
  • Ceiling fan (The Woods only)
  • Shower liner
  • Recycling bin/trash can
  • Phone service is provided in The Quad and up-campus but students need to supply their own phone. There are no phone lines in student rooms in The Woods.

Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and bathrooms. The desk has brooms, mops and vacuums for rent, but you will need to bring your own cleaning supplies. 

There are community kitchens in all of our residence halls. They are equipped with an oven, stovetop, and refrigerator. The front desk has some cooking supplies you can check out.

Check out our packing list!

Please refer to the Student Handbook.

All students living in residence halls on campus are required to be on a meal plan. The options available to each student depend on class standing as well as hall assignment. 

See Lofts on our Residence Hall Policies page.