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Reviews 2394 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: Boston Is Best – Boston is the best for night life.
In a couple short miles you can go from Alston indie to downtown clubbing and everything in between. Boston is not open late however, and the T closes around 12:30, as do most bars. House parties are still popular, but the Boston police tend well to those!

1 College Junior

Parking: Barely Any – There is very little free parking around campus, and when you decide to get a permit, its expensive. Cars are also towed all the time due to Boston's weird street cleaning rules, so if you have a car you have to be mindful of that. If you live on or near campus, however, there is no need for a car. Everything is in walking distance or is served by some sort of public transit.

4 College Junior

Computers: Crowded During Finals and Midterms – The computers on campus are crowded during finals and midterms, but other than that they are usually accessible. The school seems to be making a big effort to make the entire campus completely wireless (almost all of which already is), and the new printing system is a lot more convenient than what was once in place.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great Place to Be – Boston is basically one large college campus due to the fact that there are so many schools in the area. At the same time, the city offers all the amenities of a large metropolitan area. There are restaurants, bars, museums, and parks everywhere. Because of all of these perks, however, the cost of living is incredibly high.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a lot of fun at Northeastern. It's not as intense as it is in the South and only one fraternity has housing and none of the sororities do. Most people at Northeastern don't even know that Greek Life exists but the second you're a part of it you can have something to do every night and meet a ton of people. It's a lot of fun and I feel like we make a difference with everything we hold on campus and all the money we raise for our philanthropies.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Athletic and Campus Activities – The campus is beautiful. The athletic centers are really nice, but Club sports have a hard time getting spots there. The curry student center is nice. Not enough tables for everyone (so if you plan on doing serious studying for a long time go to the library). Most of the classrooms are nice, some of the buildings are older but still cute.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have felt unsafe at times. Especially at night on Columbus and near the Fens and have heard of a few people getting mugged. The NU Police are good though, if you have a problem. They will bust up parties, even some off campus. So watch out.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Many guys say girls at NU are stuck up and a lot are bitches, but you just have to hang out with the right crowd. Don't always go out with the same people and you'll always meet new people! NU is known for drunken hookups, but it's okay because now I'm dating mine...

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3 College Student

Transportation: Public Transportation is great. You can use the subway/buses to get almost anywhere in Boston, but they stop operating around 12:30AM. Once the subway stops, you need to take a cab if you're going far.

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of good restauraunts/burrito places/convenient stores right near campus where you can use "Dining Dollars" on your husky card to buy food (dont need to pay with cash).

4 College Student

Campus Dining: Pretty Good – The food is pretty good considering its dining hall foods. Outtakes allows you to use your extra dining hall swipes at a takeout food place and it stays open late (not open on saturday however.)

3 College Sophomore

Parking: 90 dollar fine to pick up your car if you parked in the wrong spot.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It is essential to have a fake or someone else's ID. There are rarely any house parties and if there are they get broken up or must be started during the day in order to avoid parties getting big and cops

5 College Sophomore

Computers: State of the Art – All computer systems, labs, printing systems, and network reliability is exceptional. You are guaranteed access to the web and applications anywhere on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Frustrating at Times – As a criminal justice major, there were certain courses I needed to complete prior to graduation. I was not the only one of my friends who had trouble fitting them into the rest of my curriculum. They would be listed in the course catalog as being offered during a certain semester and then when you would go to register for the class it wasn't offered. Quite frustrating.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – I'd say Northeastern has a pretty diverse student body. There are clearly more white students than any other demographic, but the racial diversity is extremely apparent. Whether you be in a classroom, or co-op you'll see diversity.

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4 College Student

Facilities: Coop Offers Practical Learning Experience – Students learn from coop and also get paid. The practical experience really pushes students to see the world out of campus and benefits themselves in their career pathway.

3 College Student

Weather: So Much Snow – It snows a lot and school cancels classes according to the transportation not the severe of the weather.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So Far – There are great people here, but no parties. Unless you know someone who likes to throw down. Meet people early because it's cliquey. But even still, with a small group - it can be awesome. Being in the city is great, but is awesome if you're 21. I would choose it again because of location and academics, but the party scene is hardly there and the city can be expensive.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you're in it, you love it. If not, you don't notice it and when you do you're annoyed by it. It's a small community, but it's growing. There are no greek housing options. I'm in greek life so I think it's great, you know people within greek life and you enjoy all of the benefits it provides.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The honors dorms are great but pretty expensive. Relative compared to prices of living near campus though in an apartment. From what I've heard other dorms have mice and aren't great. Freshman year you need to be in a dorm otherwise you won't get much of the social atmosphere. Upperclass dorms you really only talk to the people you live with. Moving in is so easy - they provide bins and compared to other schools its a breeze.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Its Boston? Its cold and it snows but thats what you should expect when you come to school in Boston. The summers are lovely however

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: No Body Really Cares – Hockey games are fun for most people but the majority of the sporting events have low attendence


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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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