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Reviews 2360 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Northeastern has great off campus housing. Most students move off campus by their sophomore year. There are thousands of apartments that are considered to be off-campus but are literally in the center of it.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are some gems at NU, but you might have to get through the rough... The great thing is you can meet people from other schools too. I'd rather be friends with most of the guys here than anything more, but that's not to say there aren't hotties.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You Get What You Pay for – The more expensive dormitories are fabulous and they'd be great to live in. However, the economy housing areas are small and not necessarily a fun or great place to stay.

4 College Junior

Computers: Brand new Macs in the library on campus. All the newest software. Fast and easy to use. PCs are up to date as well I believe, but slightly slower to use. Printing can be unreliable, but the new remote printing system where you can print from anywhere and swipe your card when you're ready to print has eased up a lot of waiting issues. The labs get pretty crowded, and during exam periods it can be a wait for a computer, but overall you can usually find one if you need it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good for Visitors – The dining halls are good and have continuously gotten better. However, like most college kids, after a certain point eating at the dining hall becomes too repetitive and boring. Everyone who visits enjoys the food and vast choices. Since most upper-class dorms (after freshman year) include a kitchen, it is easier to switch to a Profiler meal plan, so you do not have meals that go to waste during the week.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The school handles rules fairly appropriately. If you mess up, you are punished. They are not too unreasonable and I don't know of any cases where punishment was completely unwarranted.

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4 College Student

Nightlife: House Parties Are Great but You Gotta Know Someone, Bars Are Where Its at – For those 21 and up or with a really good fake ID, Bars and Clubs are where to be. Northeastern has awesome bars and clubs in the area. For those who dont have access to bars there are plenty of house and apartment parties in the area but you better get hooked up. Usually those in greek life have brothers or sisters who throw parties at there apartments and have awesome nightlife. Transportation is always easy, train till 1 am, cabs 24/7

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: This is a big school that feels very small. Students are constantly outside and walking around, and you see familiar faces everywhere you go. Lots to do on and off campus.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Northeastern is located around a pretty poor and crime filled area but the Northeastern campus itsself is extremely safe and the surrounding area is actually getting much safer. A lot of police sirens and ambulance sirens throughout campus but I feel safe walking around.

4 College Student

Facilities: Gym Is Decent, Library Is Awesome, Campus Activities Fantastic – The facilities at Northeastern are awesome. The gym has two huge floors with an indoor track and three basketball courts, which is very convenient. The library has four floor with different volume tolerance for each floor. It's huge so theres a lot of room for kids to do their work. Campus activities are always exciting and everyone gets involved just by walking through campus.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Coop Program – Northeastern has a coop program which is so incredible career wise. I have so many experiences at amazing hospitals that nursing majors at other schools would dream to have. It allows students to make connections at top companies. If the students do a good job, it is likely that they will get a job offer after graduation, and if not at a previous coop, the experience puts them far above graduates from other schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: How Large the School Feels – I definitely enjoy that the school is decently big so I can walk around and not know too many people. It is nice knowing that not everyone knows exactly what is going on in my relationships and life. I do feel that there are so many people coming and going at all times that sometimes it is hard to have a consistent group of people around

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Caught Hosting a Loud Party – The campus police can become extremely strict if you are caught hosting a party off or on campus. Any sign of underage drinking in a loud party form are usually written up and then you would have to present in from of the board.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Recomended – The University is taking sweeping measure that will help incoming students keep a car but right now its such a hassle and wicked expensive. You won't need one because everything is accessible by the T and we have two stops on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Mixed Bag – Plenty of overpriced apartments and plenty that are in not so safe areas. Be careful with your search and get as close to campus as possible. Overall almost everyone is pleased with their living experience.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The business college is great and most programs in the arts and sciences are highly respected. Your first employer will be pleased and your workload will still leave you with plenty of fun time.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You Can Get Anything but Most People Don't – As a non drug user I could still get hard drugs with one phone call. Its really easy to get access to whatever you need. That being said most people here prefer drinking far more and most drug users stick to weed. Lots of ecstasy and molly in the club scene and neighborhoods in Boston are known for selling oxy and coke. Student culture looks down on hard drug use.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Variety of great food that is only a little over priced. Millions of great pizza places and fine dining that is internationally renowned. Check out Harvard square some time.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Its bearable and completely worth it to live in Boston but it gets cold and it gets crappy for too long during the winter.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our hockey team is worth going to see every time and most people do. That being said this is the one thing our competitors beat us at. They have many other good teams. Intermurals are great and cub teams train and play hard. Rugby and crew are basically frats the way they party but take competition and training seriously.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Hard but Very Doable – The workload will make you wish you were on co-op, but when you are on co-op you blow your employers away with your knowledge. Easy classes exist in every major but take a little digging to find.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Avoid White – Housing changes every year but most dorm culture is great. Freshmen housing is okay, but upper classmen housing is superb.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Modern and Clean – Everything is high tech and everything is well maintained.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Learn to love the Red Sox and tell the difference between friendly insulting and abuse of a stranger and actual confrontation. People will be really nice to you out of the blue unless your driving. Driving you learn profane insults you didn't think existed. Boston is chalked full of history and areas with different feels. Enough variety to suit everyones needs. St. Patties day is the best in Southie.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mixed Bag but You Will Find What Your Looking for – Plenty of cute girls here looking to meet guys. Not as many hot ones but enough that parties are never boring.


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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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