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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: NU's campus is placed in the heart of Boston, which is a major city in the United States. The presence of police officers makes it feel safe, definitely, but even so, crime is still common in the area. It is just more common in crowded urban areas. I never walk alone at night and that is just something that is unsafe to do in any city.

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3 College Student

Health & Safety: There isnt too much campus crime. If we do have any they send the entire student body emails updating us. Also if you are anywhere on campus you can call northeastern PD to pick you up and drop you to your dorm

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I am not on campus enough to be able to accurately rate this section. However, the campus police are constantly patrolling and sending out bulletins when something serious occurs, even if it wasn't on campus. This makes me feel safe.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Police keep us safe, but there are still a fair number of thefts due to the area.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: NEU is located right on Ruggles and sometimes, there are non-students who walk through campus.


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  • 539th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1105th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1354th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
Grad Year
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Overall, Boston is a fairly safe city, considering its size and student population. The level of safety is really a determinant of the neighborhood. Like any city, it's important to stay alert and remain cautious when it comes to bad neighborhoods or walking alone at night. If you are smart about your surroundings and take general safety precautions, you should feel safe around Northeastern. The campus is a very nice area and predominantly safe; however, if you're heading up to Mission Hill or in the direction towards Roxbury, those areas can feel less protected. Residence halls are strict about patrolling the entrances and making sure that no intruders get into the areas. Most students feel safe around the campus areas, and if something makes them uncomfortable, there are always resources nearby.

The NUPD and campus security officers make a significant effort to ensure that students are safe and secure in their environment. Public Safety usually patrols around campus in the late hours and even offers students rides to any location that is within one mile from campus. There are many emergency call-boxes surrounding the campus borders; they are easily distinguishable with a blue light on top and the title "Northeastern University Campus Emergency Phone." The Boston Police Department is located right next to Northeastern's campus, and the department recognizes its responsibility to provide protective services to the campus community.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 24
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Public Safety
716 Columbus Ave.
(617) 373-3333
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • Domestic violence/sexual assault victim services
  • Fingerprinting
  • Lost and Found
  • On-campus ambulance service
  • Personal escort service
  • Property ID
  • SAFEnet/NU Alert message system
  • Well-lit pathways
Health Center
University Health and Counseling Services
Forsyth Building, Suite 135
(617) 373-2772
Monday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling services
  • Gynecology
  • Physicals
  • STD testing
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
A team of University police officers, EMTs, health/counseling experts, and other professionals respond to a wide range of potential situations.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 121 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 10% None
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Dorm safety

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 9 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 120 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 46% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 121 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 37% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 121 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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