Winter Break Housing

You've signed up for winter break housing.

Look in your student Z-ID email inbox for confirmation.

All residence halls will close at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, for the fall term.

Winter break housing will be offered from Dec. 16, 2023, until Jan. 12, 2024 to students currently living in Neptune and Patterson. Students in these halls looking to stay during winter break must register for break housing to be eligible.

If you don't sign up for winter break housing, you'll need to leave your room and come back in January when the residence halls re-open on January 13, 2024. Please note, that it is important to take any critical items with you as all resident halls will be locked during break. 

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Break Housing Cost

You'll be able to sign up for housing over the entire break (Dec. 16 - Jan. 12).

Option Cost
Entire break (Dec. 16 - Jan. 12) $200

About Winter Break Housing

Can I stay during winter break?

You can stay in your current space during winter break if you:

  • Live in Neptune or Patterson.
  • Have signed up for winter break housing and space is available in Neptune/Patterson for a temporary stay. (separate from your fall/spring housing contract).
  • Contracted to live both fall 2023 and spring 2024.

If you live in Northern View, your contract already lets you stay through the break if you have a contract for spring semester. 

Can I stay during winter break even if I don't live in Neptune or Patterson?

Only current Neptune and Patterson residents can sign up for winter break housing where they currently live.

Will the halls be locked?

All residence halls will be locked during the break. Only students who have signed up for winter break housing will be able to use their NIU OneCard and hall entry card to enter their hall. Students who enter the residence halls without authorization during the winter break could be considered trespassing, and subject to disciplinary action.

Main desks and the Northern View main office will be closed during the break.

What dining options are available?

Campus dining locations and the Huskie Food Pantry will be closed during the break, but here are some dining options:

Will mail be delivered?

All residence hall desks will close on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023 at 10 a.m. Information desks in Neptune Central and Patterson Complex will be open for mail and package pick up Monday through Saturday from 2-3 p.m. with the exception of holidays. Packages ordered through services like Amazon, FedEx, etc. will not be delivered during the break periods. It would be wise not to have items shipped over the break.

If you need immediate assistance at any point, please contact the main front desk number to reach a hall staff member. Hall staff will be available at all times, even during holidays.

Neptune Central: 815-753-1725
Patterson East: 815-753-7631
Patterson West: 815-753-7633

Whom do I call if there is an issue in my hall during winter break?

The front desks in Neptune Central and Patterson Complex will only be open from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You can call your hall's front desk number to be connected to the hall staff on duty when the desk is closed. If your concern is a non-emergency facilities issue, you can submit your request online.

What if I don't stay during winter break?

You must leave and return in the spring. Read about moving out for the fall.

Can I cancel my winter break housing? 

Cancellations will be accepted until 4 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023. After that time, all students who apply for winter break housing will be charged $200 (Dec. 16 - Jan. 12).

Can I have guests during winter break?

Our standard guest policy will be in effect.

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Housing and Residential Services
Neptune East 101

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