August 25, 2017

Beauty School and NIU: Living the College Life

Does going to beauty school mean that you can’t have the traditional college experience that your friends are having? The answer is no. At Hair Professionals Career College, you can start your path toward becoming a successful beauty professional while getting the full college experience.

Northern Illinois University, located in DeKalb, is a short 7 miles away from our Sycamore campus. This means that students enrolled at the Sycamore campus can jump in and join the college life festivities.

Northern Illinois University

NIU is a large campus with over 20,000 students. That means that if you’re going to Hair Pros to become a cosmetologist or esthetician after high school, you will have a lot of opportunities to meet people your age and make new friends. NIU’s large student body also means that you should have a number of exciting activities to choose from when you aren’t busy becoming a beauty pro.

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College Life

Some great places and activities that you can check out include:

  • Homecoming: NIU has a strong sense of pride and goes all out during homecoming in the beginning of October. If you are around during this time of year, going to check out the NIU campus is a must! It is lit up with lights and red and black decorations, and the atmosphere is electric. You won’t want to miss out, so get your beauty school friends together and go check it out.
  • Sporting Events: Another thing that NIU is proud of is its athletics. If you want something to do on a weekend, you and your friends can go to a football, basketball, volleyball, or soccer game.
  • A Night on the Town: There are a lot of other fun things to do in DeKalb away from the NIU campus as well. Movies, restaurants, bowling, and theaters are all on the menu of things to explore on your time off from styling hair in the student salon.


Another way to get the full college life experience while you are training to be a beauty industry hero at Hair Pros is to live near NIU. Because it’s a college town, it is a great place to find an apartment or house to rent with your friends. This way, you’ll be at the center of all the action.

Finding a house or an apartment to rent out in DeKalb isn’t too difficult. You can search using Trulia, Zillow, or any other classifieds platform to find what is available. If you have a friend or two to live with who are either students at Hair Pros or NIU, rent shouldn’t be too expensive. Get your search going now!


If you need or want to find a job while you are a beauty school student, you can look for one in DeKalb. The closer you work to campus, the more NIU students you’ll probably meet while you’re working. Usually college campuses have jobs that you can apply for. Sometimes they are reserved for students of the college, but there are some where you may be able to get your foot in the door. By doing this, you can go to school to become a beauty professional but work at the university to get the best of both worlds.

Getting Started

If your dream is to become a beauty pro, but you also want the traditional college experience, now is the perfect time to follow your passion. Contact us today to get started! We can answer any questions you have and help you start building your career.

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