Most of our students live on campus (90%, approximately!), and the bonds that start in residence life—through late-night conversations, homework help, and sharing music and movies—turn friends into family. Northwestern students say living with their friends leads not only to some of their best college memories, but also to some of their best learning about what it means to be a thinking Christian in the world today. Students grow and change together. They mature intellectually, socially and emotionally—and realize their learning about life is just beginning.


Roommate compatibility is a huge part of your adjustment to college, so we make matching you with the right roomie a priority. Unless you request a particular roommate as a freshman, your admissions counselor will try to pair you with someone you’re likely to get along with.

Residence halls

Northwestern has 4 traditional residence halls, 1 suite-style residence and 2 student apartment complexes. Each residence has their own unique sense of community and memorable traditions. Mondays and Tuesdays are closed dorm nights; mixed-gender visiting is allowed between specified hours Wednesday–Sunday.

  • Residence halls house from 70 to 215 students
  • Students have from 1 to 5 roommates
  • All rooms offer wireless Internet access