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Top 25 of 2012: New hall opens

December 28, 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, NIU Today is offering a look back at 25 of the top stories from the year.

No. 3

In August, Northern Illinois University opened a new undergraduate residence hall for the first time in nearly 50 years.A new residence hall awaits!

New Hall, as the 1,000 bed complex is known, is comprised of two residential buildings with identical structures featuring “cluster-style” living arrangements, each housing 12 students. Privacy is enhanced via 12 single bedrooms, six shared bathrooms with micro-refrigerators and a common space that includes a furnished study area, living area and kitchenette as well as a washer and dryer all within the cluster.

The two residential buildings are connected by a community center that features an “all-you-care-to-eat” food court-style dining facility, offering a variety of food options, a social lounge with a gaming area and a fitness center equipped with modern workout equipment and meeting spaces.

Outdoor amenities include a sand volleyball court, basketball half-court and bean bag courts grouped together with picnic tables. Students also will enjoy patios, benches, green spaces and 190 spaces for bicycle parking adjacent to each of the residential buildings.

More details on New Hall can be found here.