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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are so many public transit options in the area, it is really easy to get wherever you want to go.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: very easy - the t is very easy. cabs are always around and most things are in walking distance so there's no real need for transportation

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Northeastern is on the green line, which can be pretty slow, but the T system in Boston is great and can get you anywhere you need to be. A car is totally unnecessary. Also, if you are going to the airport, I suggest taking a cab rather than the T or a bus, much faster, but can be quite costly.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: We don't have campus transportation (to my knowledge) but the T system is right on campus whether it's the orange line in ruggles or the green line right in the middle of campus and it's very convenient and easy to use. There is also an abundance of taxis that drive by.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The public transportation system is great around the city.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1184th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1386th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
Grad Year
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Overall, NU students are able to get around Boston cheaply and efficiently. One common complaint is that the T (subway) does not run late enough—it shuts down at 12:30 a.m. There are some confusing aspects when it comes to commuting around Beantown. For one, pay no attention to the street names—there’s no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock anywhere near Dock Square, and, unless it’s raining, there’s no water at all on Water Street.

However, the Back Bay streets are in alphabetical order: Arlington, Berkeley, Clarendon, Dartmouth, and so on. South Boston streets can also be easily navigated: A, B, C, D. The local transportation does not compare to New York City’s system, but it does manage to get everyone around without much hassle.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • The MBTA (public transportation, the T)
  • Taxi cabs
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride
  • MBTA bus service
  • Subway

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Personal Safety Escort Service
(617) 373-2121
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

MBTA is also known as "the T."

(617) 222-3200

10 Park Plaza, Suite 1

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Boston Logan International Airport

The airport is four miles northeast of downtown Boston.

1 Harborside Dr.

(800) 23-LOGAN (56426)

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is located in South Station.

700 Atlantic Ave.

(617) 526-1801

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Both the Greyhound and Amtrak stations are located in South Station.

2 South Station; Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 3% You can't have a car here.
  • 74% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 24% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 120 responses

  • 56% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 12% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 28% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 111 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 110 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 119 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 1% Fairly difficult.
  • 18% Fairly easy.
  • 80% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 111 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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