Spring Sign Up - Res Halls

Spring sign-up provides an opportunity for returning students to either keep or change their residence hall room assignment for 2016/2017 academic year.  While the process for reserving your room is relatively simple, mistakes can be made if you don't follow the instructions you've received from your residence life staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the information below very carefully and contact your Resident Adviser, Community Adviser, or Resident Director if you have any questions.  You may also contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at (906) 227-2620 or housing@nmu.edu.

The Schedule

Day/Date Who Can Sign Up
Monday, March 14 Residents can reserve their current room.
Tuesday, March 15 Residents can reserve any available room in their house.
Wednesday, March 16 Residents can reserve any available room in their current hall for which they are eligible.
Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18 Residents can reserve any available room in any hall for which they are eligible.
The residence hall desks will handle room reservations between 10:30 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18.

Completed Residence Hall Room Reservation Forms not turned in at a residence hall desk during this week must be returned in person to the Housing and Residence Life Office (3502 Hedgcock) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday starting on Monday, March 28.

How To Sign Up

  1. Complete the 2016-2017 Academic Year Residence Hall Room Reservation Form.
  2. Take it and your student ID to your desk if you are reserving a room in your hall or the other hall served by your desk, or to the desk that serves the hall in which you wish to reserve a room according to the schedule above.

Advance Payment

In order to finalize your residence hall reservation for 2016-2017 academic year, you must pay a $125 advance payment prior to June 1, 2016.  Send or take your $125 advance payment to the Student Service Center (2201 Hedgcock), 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI  49855.  If your payment is late, you will lose the room for which you signed up and will be assigned a room and a hall as space permits.  Please note that $50 of the advance payment is non-refundable.

If you cancel your reservation in writing before August 1, 2016, $75 of your $125 advance payment will be refunded.

If you cancel your reservation after August 1, 2016 your entire $125 advance payment will be forfeited.  

Reminders and Important Information

University Housing Requirement

All single undergraduate students must live in a University residence hall while enrolled for classes unless they:  1) Live at home with their parents (generally within 60 miles of Marquette);  2) have lived four or more semesters in residence halls; 3) have reached junior status (56 or more credits): 4) are at least 21 years old on or before the last official day of registration for the fall semester; 5) are a veteran of active military service in the armed forces; or 6) are taking eight or fewer credits.

Exceptions may be granted to students who experience circumstances beyond their control that make it extremely difficult or impossible for them to comply with the Housing Requirement. Click here for more information on the Housing Requirement and applying for an exception.

Note - Northern Michigan University routinely verifies the status of students living off-campus who, according to its records, should not be.

The Housing Contract

The Contract for Residence Halls that every residents signs when they move into the residence halls is for the entire academic year, ending with the last day of the winter semester.  If a student terminates his or her enrollment, his or her contract will also be terminated provided he or she follows appropriate procedures.

Specialty Houses

Study Environment Houses - Quiet hours include specifically designed study hours between 7 p.m. and noon every day.
Payne Hall - All houses; Spalding Hall - House of Wonders (2.2)

Academic Achievement Houses - A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required in order to live in the following houses.
Payne Hall - Breakwater (3.1); Van Antwerp Hall - American Graffiti (3.1)

Single Rooms

Only those students who request and are assigned to a single room in Spooner Hall will be guaranteed a single room for the 2016 Fall Semester.  Students who request a single room in other halls will be guaranteed a single room as it is determined that space is available.  Roommates will be assigned with those students who request single rooms - other than those in Spooner Hall - based on the number of credit hours earned (those with the fewest credit hours earned will be assigned a roommate first) and the best perceived match of lifestyle preferences.


Please note that Northern Michigan University isa tobacco-free campus.  The use of any tobacco product including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes is prohibited in or on any property owned by NMU (with the exception of the NMU golf course and personal vehicles with the windows closed).  

Although all residence halls are entirely smoke free, to facilitate compatibility between roommates, Housing and Residence Life Office staff will do all they can to match non-smokers with non-smokers and smokers with smokers when making room assignments for those students who have not specifically requested a roommate.


Due to the type of furniture installed in the renovated residence halls, loft construction will not be permitted in Hunt, Magers, Meyland, Van Antwerp, Payne, Spalding, Gant, and Spooner Halls.  Loft kits compatible with the beds in those buildings will be available for rent from Housing and Residence Life.  More details about renting loft kits will be sent to you during the summer.

Dining Services

All students living in residence halls are required to be on a meal plan.  The options available depend on your hall assignment and your class standing.  Information about Dining Services can be found at www.nmu.edu/dining.

All Freshmen Students. All new and continuing freshmen students (students who will have earned less than 28 credit hours before the beginning of the fall semester) assigned to any residence hall will be required to be on the Constant Meal Pass.

Other Students.  All other students may choose from the following options:

Type of Meal Plan


Platinum Constant Meal Pass The Platinum Constant Meal pass rate for 2015-2016 was $4,720.  The rate for 2016-2017 has not been set.
Gold Constant Meal Pass The Gold Constant Meal pass rate for 2015-2016 was $4,498.  The rate for 2016-2017 has not been set.
Silver 14 Meal Pass The 2015-2016 2015 rate for the Silver-14 Meal Pass was $4,244.  The rate for 2016-2017 has not been set.
Basic 10 The 2015-2016 rate for the Basic 10 Meal Pass was $3,302.  The rate for 2016-2017 has not been set.

Students Assigned to Spooner Hall.  Students assigned to Spooner Hall may choose from any of the meal plans listed above or may choose the Spooner Hall Meal Plan.  The rate for this plan was $1,738 for 2015-2016.  The Spooner Hall Meal Plan rate for 2016-2017 has not been set.

On-Campus Apartments

Current residence hall students who are eligible to live off-campus are encouraged to consider an on-campus apartment for 2016-2017. Click here to find out more about applying for an on-campus apartment.

Summer Housing

Click here to find out more about living on-campus during the summer.


Please contact your Resident Adviser, Community Adviser, or Resident Director if you have questions about signing up for your room for next year.  Or, you may contact the Housing and Residence Life Office at (906) 227-2620 or housing@nmu.edu.