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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Boston is one of the most incredible cities to live in, especially when 21+. There are numerous things to do, however, ID checks are very strict, so underage drinking is kept well under control. Most under 21 students go to parties held at off campus apartments, they are generally small and not too crazy because local police tend to be called pretty regularly, especially if its noisy. 21+ students tend to go to some apartment parties but mainly to local bars and clubs

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lots of Options! Northeastern has a ton of available options, either through Chartwells (dining services) or off campus restaurants. Husky dollars are accepted at so many places in the area, you can even go grocery shopping at Whole Foods with your $. All and all, I think it has a little of everything and provides a decent range of quality and value

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel Northeastern is extermely safe, especially given the location in the middle of the city. I am comfortable walking alone when its dark outside on campus. However, it is still a large city and you have to be smart and alert to that fact at all times, however safe the campus security may be

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Vs. Off-Campus – Overall I think Northeastern is a very safe and secure place, and they work incredibly hard to keep it that way. However, the campus is nearby areas of Boston that are hard to patrol 24/7 like the campus and I know student's who have had trouble in these neighborhoods. That being said, you as a student can readily avoid these problems. Overall I think it's a great place to live!

3 College Freshman

Parking: It's Boston, Few People Drive – We have a huge Northeastern lot/parking garages, but a car is totally unnecessary, unless you have a co-op job out of the city. Public transportation is great and a car would just be a hassle.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: ...pretty much all of my friends are white and I kind of think that groups tend to segregate themselves and stick together. But my classes are diverse and campus definitely isn't populated solely by one ethnic group.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Advisors Really Help You Out – I'm in the Bouve College of Health Sciences and the advisors (co-op and academic) are really helpful and accessible when you need advice.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I feel like there should be more financial aid available to those who really need it.

5 College Student

Facilities: Up and Coming – I think Northeastern was overlooked and under-rated, but the administrations has worked extremely hard and the school is quickly rising and becoming more respected.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: SO Many Choices!!! Panera Bread is brand new and is right on the edge of campus. There's Symphony Sushi, next to Panera.
Qdoba across from Marino.
Bolocco in the Marino Rec Center.
Uno's across from Panera
Dunking Donuts next to Panera.
Cheesecake Factory 15 minute walk, 5 minute t-ride to the Prudential.
Boston House of Pizza, University House of Pizza, Cappy's all great campus pizza places.
Red Mango 5 minute walk.
All the amazing restaurants in the city are just a t-ride away.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Don't Dominate the Scene – Fraternity and Sorority Life is great if you are a part of it, lots of events, community service, and it helps create a smaller community within such a large school. However, being a part of it is not crucial considering the amount of activities going on in Boston.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at Northeastern is very different than most universities. We have a good amount of chapters and they are all friendly but competitive. We don't have houses, but greeks tend to live together in apartments. Greek Life here is a very fun atmosphere and it makes the university feel smaller because your in a tight knit community within.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have pretty good teams, but not much university support. Hockey games are fun and basketballs games can be fun. But there aren't huge crowds at the games and I know little to nothing about the other sports teams. Our football team got cut last year.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Available – There are definitely a lot of options to rent apartments and live off campus and still be close to school. However, since it's a big city, they can get very expensive. However, they offer more space and freedom than living on campus. There can be issues with realtors and finding sublets, but overall living off campus has its perks. Northeastern also has an off-campus student services to provide help.

4 College Junior

Computers: Tech Savvy – The new printing system and installation of more plugs have been really beneficial on campus. The internet and computer availability is usual very good, except during finals weeks. There are plenty of computer labs and places to do work, although it is definitely easier to have your own computer.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Above Average – There are some pretty attractive people at Northeastern, not a ton of freaks either.

3 College Student

Computers: Good Technology – You can connect to anything, but sometimes, if it is busy you need to wait to get to a computer

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is surprisingly safe, there are some pretty unsafe neighborhoods close by though. Try to avoid the hill.

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5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Area in General – Boston is a great place to be. always something to do. I am never bored.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Very Exciting and Lots of Opportunities – I love going to school at Northeastern University in Boston. It is a vibrant city with lots of options and things to do. It's not too big or too small. Although some things can get a little expensive, there are always opportunities to do something! It is a student friendly environment with bars, clubs, shows, shopping, sports teams, and plenty of other activities! The campus environment itself offers a little less in the ways of doing things, but there are always events going on. As a member of Greek Life, I always feel like there are events going on. I would like it if there was a little more school pride on campus with regards to sporting events and overall attitude to get involved. But overall, Boston and Northeastern offers a great college atmosphere!

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston's Great! Boston is the best college town in the country. There's so much to do. Winter is long though.

3 College Student

Parking: Not Applicable – I take the train to school so I do not really have personal experience with the parking but I have been told it can be a nightmare.

1 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Expensive – Boston is a city that is mainly inhabited by students who are already drowning in debt, as if college tuition is not expensive enough!! something must be done about this incredibly over-priced everything in this city.

4 College Student

Facilities: New Classes Are Great – Some of the newer buildings at northeastern have larger, more comfortable classrooms where it really is great to learn. Such as Behrakis health sciences center for example.

4 College Student

Academics: Classes Are Either Great or Horrible – Some professors are extremely intelligent and love to teach, while some don't seem to know what they are doing and have no passion for teaching. I have learned so much in only 2 years at Northeastern, but I've felt that some classes were a complete waste of my time and money. Pharmacy is a very intense program with a very heavy work load, but it is a Doctor degree so it is necessary.


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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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