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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug Usage – Drug usage is pretty prevalent on campus. Marijuana is decriminalized in Boston so it isn't uncommon to see someone smoking on the street or deck. Much of the student body is international and it is fairly common to see cocaine at a party or club.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is extremely easy to find. I've been able to save money by living off campus for the past three years. Unfortunately, because Northeastern is in the city center, housing can be expensive, but if you look early enough and are willing to go to one of the student neighborhoods a little further from campus, you can cut your rent in half. The school is very helpful in connecting students with realtors and even has an off campus housing fair in the student center twice a year.

4 College Senior

Computers: Northeastern has an application you can download to your laptop where you can send a document to any printer on campus, then use your student ID to swipe and pick it up whenever youre ready in the next 24 hours. This is super convenient when you finish an assignment at your apartment, and then can pick it up whenever you head to campus for class. It reduces wait times at print stations between class changes.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Dont have a car so didnt really have problems in this area, but from what I heard parking is expensive and hard to get.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs More Crowded During Middle of Day – Using the computer labs during the day kind of sucks, because it gets too crowded with everyone trying to print off their materials.

2 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus Safe, Off Campus Not So Much – If you live in a big city, be on guard, simple as that. Non students are passing through campus all the time, and the campus borders one of Boston's most dangerous areas, Roxbury.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not quite sure why everyone keeps equating Greek life on campus to partying, because that's really such a small part of it. So while yes, frat houses aren't usually the place that unaffiliated students go to on the weekends, that doesn't say much about Greek life on campus as a whole. If you join a fraternity or a sorority, it will be a huge part of your Northeastern experience, but it you choose not to that's totally fine too. We're just about 10% of the community, which means that for every ten people you meet one will be involved in FSL-- in a school as big as Northeastern that's a pretty big number of students. We're really been growing a lot in the past few years though, get excited for a new sorority next spring! On a different note, the information of this site is wrong. We do not have our new members put on a show in the fall...that would be hazing. "Take it to the Floor," formerly know as "Follies" is preformed by the whole chapter, and "Greek Sing" is in the spring.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: very lifiting expericene its very fun sand outgoing very free and out there

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Always an Option – During the day, the T and the bus make very good and cheap options for travel. Unfortunately, the public transportation shuts down relatively early and when traveling back to campus late at night, one is forced to walk or pay for a cab - but cabs are at least always available and an option.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Decent Selection – Between 3 dining halls that offer varying and different menus, there are lots of choices for dining hall meals. The "food court" at the student center offers another way to spend the Husky/Dining Dollars that are part of the meal plan as well as the many restaurants scattered throughout the city that accept Husky/Dining Dollars.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict, Only When They Need to Be – Northeastern for the most part seems to stay out of a lot of things. Police monitor things on the weekends to look for out of control parties. Compared to other schools, the parties probably get broken up here a little more. People drink in the dorm a lot and never get caught. First offense of underage drinking you are reported to Office of student conduct, conflict and resolution (OSCCR) and i think they have some sort of meeting. I know someone who got caught and just had to do community service. It doesn't seem like people are getting caught left and right though.

3 College Student

Diversity: Pretty Diverse, but Still Mainly White. Northeastern has a lot of international students and definitely has a lot of students of different races, however the majority of the students seem to be white still.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Aren't Great, Upperclassmen Live Large – The freshman dorms typically have pretty tiny rooms, with a few exceptions. They do mostly have common areas which are nice. I can only speak for Smith hall when i say that the building was sort of old, the heat was by radiator which malfunctioned multiple times causing the rooms to either be freezing or really hot. Cleaning crew took care of the bathrooms and halls which was nice. Upperclassmen housing is MUCH nicer. Apartment style with kitchens and bathrooms. Freshman year you don't have a choice which dorm you are in, but the Stetsons seemed pretty nice because they were just redone. They have more of a typical college dorm feel (Cinderblock walls, uniform square rooms) while Smith, previously an office building, has regular walls (some are even painted) and carpets. White hall is pretty bad I've heard. IV is nice but in a bad location.

5 College Student

Majors: Mathematics and Computer Science – As a dual major my workload is tough but the co-ops (kind of like internships) are wonderful. The pay is good and it's challenging but exciting work in a field I enjoy.

5 College Student

Diversity: People from Everywhere – With so many people attending it would be hard NOT to have diversity. There are people from all over the world, even just in my dorm I have a suitemate from Bahrain and one from Colorado and one from half an hour away from my house. I have met people of every race, religion, and so on.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: We haven't had any harsh weather yet but what we've had is great

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nice and Pricey – Great food near campus butit's a little expensive, but so it anything in Boston

4 College Freshman

Facilities: CO-OP CO-OP CO-OP – The cooperative education opportunity is by far the most unique part of a Northeastern education. It gives you a break from classes, you get to work in your field, you can network/get references. Many times, a co-op will lead to a possible job after graduation. NEU has had the co-op program for over 100 years. We are very well connected, and have had students do co-op on every continent in the world (even Antarctica!)

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Good Looks – There are a lot of different kinds of people at Northeastern, depending on what you're looking for. There are your typical "jock" guys who only wear NU apparel. You have your more academic students, many of which are engineers or science majors. Girls are the same way.

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3 College Student

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – I'm not sure if it is just my dorm but the entire second floor smells like weed. It is prevalent every time I walk into the dorm. There is not too much the RA's can do about it because it is so many rooms they can't pinpoint the exact rooms so everyone gets away with it. It sucks for the people who don't and have to smell it every day.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – My freshmen dorm Speare wasn't that good at all but I am looking forward to living in a suite style dorm with a kitchen next year as a sophomore! Getting a good lottery number (or a friend with a good number is key)

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive but Lots of Options. Boston is full of apartments. There are many options within walking distance to campus. However, apartments in Boston are extremely expensive. I personally have not gone through the apartment-hunting process but have many friends who have. Many of them have reported that dealing with realtors can be frustrating. Realtors charge quite a bit and you have to be careful not to be taken advantage of. The cost of living off campus (especially with roommates) is generally less than living on campus. However, you lose the security and reliability that the school provides. Parking is a nightmare in Boston in general so I wouldn't recommend bringing a car.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Excellent Wireless in Academic Buildings, Not in Dorms – The library and several academic buildings on campus all have computer labs. All academic buildings have excellent wireless. Not all dorms have wireless. The two I have lived in I have needed to use an ethernet cord. The school offers 400 free printing pages per semester for undergraduates and you can either print from the computers in the library or wirelessly and pick the print up in the library. I believe that it is possible to solely use the campus computers but for ease and reliability I would highly recommend that students bring their own laptops. I don't believe that a printer is necessary unless you tend to forget to print papers right before class, in which case you'll be late to class waiting in line for the printers in the library.

4 College Student

Facilities: Northeastern is known for having an amazing co-op program. They also have numerous study abroad options, more than any other schools that I had looked at.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Speare hall has the worst dorms, however Stetson East dorms are very nice. While the dorms are a little pricey I think that the Stetson East ones are well worth it. Everyone in all the dorms are incredibly nice. Each dorm facility has at least one vending machine and a lounge with a pool table. Stetson East also has four study rooms which are very helpful.


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Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
Grad Year
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Overall, Northeastern University is a well-rounded school that offers a wonderful college experience and a high-quality education. The campus is beautiful and offers a quiet respite from the larger city of Boston. Northeastern exposes you to city life while still allowing you to feel a sense of community in its enclosed campus. The faculty is helpful, and it is fairly easy to get in touch with the right staff members to assist you with your needs. The co-op program puts you ahead of the game when it comes to job connections, industry knowledge, and professional experience. Most Northeastern students who partake in the co-op program graduate with two or three entry-level jobs on their resume. 

The downsides at Northeastern are minimal. Parking can be difficult because the school is in the middle of Boston. But most students feel that Northeastern offers a unique college experience that allows you to enjoy your college years while getting ahead in your career.

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