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Reviews 2335 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Student

Guys & Girls: What a Variety – Since the school is fairly big, and in Boston, a total college town, both on and off campus there are tons of college students everywhere. No matter what your type is, you'll be able to find someone in Boston. And with so many schools so close to each other, it's not a big problem to date someone who goes somewhere else. If you even want to, because there are plenty of attractive, normal people right here at Northeastern. My experience is that there's some of everything, people looking for hook ups and some who want relationships. People of all cultural identities and interests can be found here.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: We're in Boston so it's cold from November through about March. As long as you're okay with wearing a winter coat to a party and walking to and from class with some snow on the ground, you'll be fine. When the weather is nice, everyone is outside playing frisbee, lounging, studying, walking, etc. The weather definitely isn't my favorite part about NU, but it's not horrible.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY – Hockey games are by far the most highly attended sporting events at Northeastern. Our hockey team is pretty good, and the best part of the season is when they play in the Beanpot tournament vs. BU, BC, and Harvard. Basketball games get some decent attendance as well. NU is a D1 school, and all of our sports teams are pretty good. Overall, lots of school spirit and the games are always a blast.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Housing – Campus housing is great once you're an upperclassman. All students (sophomores and above) have the option of living in apartment-style resident halls, with their own kitchens, bathrooms, common rooms, etc. These apt-style rooms generally house 4 people, but it can vary from building to building. West village can be expensive, but it's really nice. Freshman housing isn't that great, but what college does have nice freshman dorms? Overall, the housing is pretty nice.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Everything you hear about New England winters is true. I like the snow and cold and am fine with it but after the initial snowfall in November/December all people can do is complain about the weather. We have tunnels for anyone whose classes are located on a specific part of the older campus but those can be annoying to navigate and really slippery when everyone is coming down there from the outside with their snow covered Ugg boots. Classes are also very rarely cancelled when it snows. If they do get cancelled, it's only because professors aren't able to get to campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey, Hockey, Hockey. Northeastern is all about hockey which is a good thing if you're not the type of person who is involved in football culture (a team that NU doesn't have). Hockey games are a fun thing to go to on Friday nights and tickets are free for students.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are issues with the quality of the apartments but if you find a big group to rent one out, way before the start of the semester, you should find many options both affordable and close to campus.

5 College Student

Scholarships: They Do It for You – it was entirely done through the application to the university. no effort required

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4 College Student

Weather: Its Always Nice – the weather is always great on campus, and their is grass to play on even though we are in the center of boston. Their are lounge chairs everywhere

5 College Student

Campus Dining: Its Good – the food is great, the best food is at IV, but its also good at rebeccas, and west

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The Real City Experience – The university is located in the best place in all of Boston, so all the apartments near by are absolutley gorgeouse. However, it can get a bit pricey.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Not the Party Life One Might Hope for – Northeastern is not your typical Florida State College on a Friday night. Some might hope for a better social life, but over all it is pretty desent for most. Some of the dorms are excellent, while others are too basic. The selection of who gets a better room is completly random.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Freshman 15 Gone Right – While the average broke college life of a students hinders most of us to eat junk food all the time, it is worth while to splurge a little on some of the tasty meals Bostonians have access to in the beautiful city. All the restaurants are so close by and the you have such a huge variety of meals from different countries. I personnaly love eating on Newbury Street, in Little Italy and at the Quincy Market.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen housing is just okay unless you get lucky and get placed in 337 Huntington.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food Food Food – There are various dining halls through the campus. The one where I live, International village is pretty good. there are a lot of different choice of food. There is not a vegan/vegetarian buffet in IV but there is one in one of the other halls. I think it is great value because you can eat as much as you want in one entry. I like the dining halls in NU and I don't think I would prefer to eat out and spend a lot of money.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's Okay – I personally am disappointed with the school because it failed to meet my academic and social expectations. Academically, it's not geared towards top-caliber, motivated students. Most of my classes were extremely easy and some seemed rather pointless. Socially, it's definitely not a party school, but it isn't a very home-like school either. Don't expect a lot of on campus activities; most people who are having fun are going to other schools or finding something to do in Boston. A noticeable population leaves and goes home on the weekends.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It's the Northeast – It's completely random. I'm from California, and was expecting it to be fairly cold, but this winter has been mild. Last year it was an icebox. One day it could be bright and sunny while the next could be cold and foggy. Get used to it.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston Is a College Town – Boston is designed to be a town where there is so much to do that you could never possibly go bored. It's just up to you to take the initiative and go out and find it.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Wide Variety of Students – There are a lot of people from different places and backgrounds, there are also a lot of people with different sexual orientation. People are all pretty accepting

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe and Helpful – NEIU is a great safe place for students. There hasn't been any problems since I have started my first semester. Security keeps it eyes wide open for anything and takes great care are of students that are inside or outside. You will always see security around campus.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Fire Hazards – It seems like EVERYTHING is a fire hazard. We're not allowed to hang Christmas lights up in our dorms or set up tents. Although they allowed the Christmas lights during the holiday season.

3 College Student

Nightlife: I'm not really much of a partier, but there are a few parties on campus. It seems that most people go to BU or MIT to party though. The T stops at 12:30AM, so if you're partying, hopefully you're coming home before then.

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: There are all types of people here on campus. Compared to home, I've noticed there are so many tall people in Boston! Although the guys in my group of friends all happen to be average height or short.

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5 College Student

Facilities: Sacred Space – We have a super awesome spiritual center at our school. It's absolutely beautiful!

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Social Life: Greek Life – Northeastern isn't big on Greek and I feel safe to join. The reputation of Fraternity Hazing is not really present at Northeastern in my opinion.


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Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
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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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