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Whether you’re looking into renting a house near campus with some friends or a studio apartment, there are so many options to consider before making a responsible renting decision. So be sure to check out our Dekalb apartment hunting guide in the tab above.
If you’re looking for the perfect Dekalb, IL apartment near NIU, you’ll want to start your search for your new off-campus place sooner rather than later. At some campuses, students have to start searching for housing basically a week after they move in to get a great place for the next year. NIU isn’t quite that crazy. Searches for apartments near NIU campus begin to peak in the months of October and November, but it depends on what you’re looking for.
If you want to score an NIU townhouse to rent with a bunch of friends for the year, the October/November time frame is your sweet spot for finding the best place. If you’re thinking that a studio or one-bedroom apartment near NIU campus is all you need next year, you can wait until the second semester comes around to start your search.
Rent prices in for NIU apartments and houses in Dekalb are very reasonable, especially if you can find a roommate or two to split a place with. Like most cases, the more people you have, the cheaper it’s going to be for you; which means more money in your pocket that you can blow on all the bars and restaurants around town. Around Dekalb, there are various living options. There is a good mixture of houses and apartments of all sizes offering many different amenities. Spend some time looking into all of your options!
Here’s a breakdown of Dekalb apartment and house average rent per person, per bedroom:
How much do studio apartments near Northern Illinois University cost?
The average rent for a studio apartment in Dekalb, IL is $934.
How much do 1 bedroom apartments near Northern Illinois University cost?
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Dekalb, IL is $651.
How much do 2 bedroom apartments near Northern Illinois University cost?
The average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Dekalb, IL is $474.
How much do 3 bedroom apartments near Northern Illinois University cost?
The average rent for a 3 bedroom apartment in Dekalb, IL is $539.
How much do 4 bedroom apartments near Northern Illinois University cost?
The average rent for a 4 bedroom apartment in Dekalb, IL is $380.
How much do 5+ bedroom apartments for rent near NIU cost?
While there will be some differences in price points depending on if you’re looking for a 5 or a 10 bedroom rental, the average rent for a 5+ bedroom apartment in Dekalb, IL is $303.
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Meeting up with friends for a quick study break or some weekend fun at the bars and restaurants around town is popular amongst NIU students. Many of the favored spots are right around campus on the Lincoln Highway or just minutes away from the university in downtown Dekalb. Here are a few places you’ll want to check out near campus:
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The Northern Illinois University Campus Recreation program is a great tool for students who want to be engaged in campus recreational and outdoor activities. Students can participate in group fitness, intramural sports, and Outdoor Adventures. Outdoor Adventures is a group that creates events like the Boundary Waters Canoe Trip. Dekalb has many parks throughout the city that offer a wide range of recreational activities like golf courses, soccer fields, basketball courts, sports complexes, and flower gardens to stroll through. Shabbona Lake State Park is a great spot for weekend camping and fishing trips.
Although Dekalb isn’t a large city, there are plenty of activities for students to get into both on and off-campus. Whether it be in one of the hundreds of on-campus clubs, or joining a frat or sorority, students at NIU get involved. Like many college campuses, sports are huge at NIU. Huskie pride is evident all around Dekalb so grab your red and black gear and head to a game to support your school! Students can also hang out at the Huskie Den where you can catch movies, shoot some pool, or go bowling. The Campus Activity Program provides students will dances and other social events throughout the year. Another program, called Expressions, is a great way to showcase (or watch performances) your singing, rap, poetry, or dance talents. Students can also catch concerts at the Convocation Center throughout the year.
Head off campus, and check out the town! The Whiskey Acres Distilling Co makes their own whiskey and you can take tours and sample their products and grab drinks before, during, and after the tour. Visit one of the city’s museums like the NIU Art Museum of the historic Ellwood House Museum, home to Isaac Ellwood, the inventor of barbed wire. Catch a movie at the Carmike Market Square 10 Cinema or get some friends together for a night of fun at Star Worlds Arcade. Throughout the year you can also see films, concerts, catch live performances, and reading at the Egyptian Theatre, which also holds an annual haunted house!