Below are frequently asked questions (FAQs) from the community and neighbors regarding the upcoming residence hall construction projects. You are invited to submit questions or provide feedback that will enhance the dialogue between the University and public. A complete list of student housing FAQs is available as well.
UPDATE (2/1/16): In January 2016, the University completed its purchase of the Bryn Mawr block. Click HERE to view an FAQ about this.
I understand that Northeastern Illinois University is building residence halls. Where and when?
Our planned residence halls (to house roughly 10 percent of our student body) will be developed in at least two phases. One phase will take place on our current 67 acres of campus and the other phase along the 3400 block of West Bryn Mawr. (A third phase potentially could take place after the first two have been completed. If/when we pursue a third phase, which will be determined after Phases 1 and 2 are underway, it will not be done until after 2018, and we will do our best to keep the community informed of all planning stages. A possible Phase 3 would not require the University to acquire additional land.)
You have gone 50 years without student housing. Why do you need it now?
- We are the last public, four-year university in Illinois to add student housing.
- Research and feasibility studies indicated that Northeastern would be well served by student housing.
- It is important that we provide an affordable and supportive living/learning environment for our students that is close to academic programs and student services.
- Our prospective students report that lack of housing is a leading reason why they choose a different university.
- Many of our current students commute 50 minutes each way, some more than an hour, and have urged us to consider on-campus housing.
- Many students are the first in their families to complete a degree—and they seek a traditional college experience that includes living on campus.
- The University’s 2008 Strategic Plan calls for a residential life component. More than 600 people, which included many in the community, helped to shape that plan.
- According to a feasibility study and additional research from American Campus Communities (ACC) -- which will develop, finance, and manage this project -- we believe these residence halls will help:
- Enrich the educational and co-curricular experience.
- Improve student retention and graduation rates.
- Increase university enrollment.
- Provide options for the growing international student population.
- Bolster economic development to the nearby neighborhoods.