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NIU students bundle up and move in

Sean Reed
Freshman computer science major Sebastian Santellanes pushes a dorm move-in cart down the icy sidewalk Monday toward the southern entrance of Stevenson Towers. As classes begin Tuesday, the National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory and expects a high temperature of minus 2 degrees on the first day back. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

DeKALB – NIU students and families braved the cold weather to move into residence halls for the spring semester over the weekend.

Friday, all residence halls opened for students to move in, whether it was new students joining for the spring semester or returning students coming back from winter break.

Spring move-in was the opposite of fall move-in which was scorching hot. Fall move-in reached a high of 95 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. 

Spring move-in weather conditions had freezing temperatures and snow. 

NIU Housing and Residential Services posted on social media and online a reminder about the weather and things to know while moving in. 

On Monday, students finished moving in with temperatures as low as 20 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service

NIU experienced winter weather conditions which caused the university to go virtual twice last week

“Move-in was irritating because of the cold and the doors were not cooperating with me,” said Blaine Kneubuehl, a freshman English major. 

The weather was not the only obstacle students had to face while trying to move in.

Sam Dion, a freshman music major, said although moving into Neptune Hall this semester was easier, there were still some challenges like being forced to carry belongings up multiple flights of stairs. 

“It was still super frustrating because of the cold, the unclear sidewalks and the fact that Neptune does not have elevators,” Dion said.

The spring semester is now underway with students moved in and classes set to begin Tuesday.

Students can contact NIU Housing and Residential Services for more information and to answer more questions through their email and phone number listed on their website.

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