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Evanston, IL
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus is fairly safe, keep in mind its an open campus which means families like to walk their dogs their and its always a busy lively area, but also means that it really being safe is a bit of an illusion, there is nothing to stop anyone from pretty much entering any building (except dorms and labs which do have extra security).Also off campus is a mixed bag, students live in cheap housing, often near the EL stops which can be kind of sketchy, when incidents happen its normally in those areas, they aren't places I'd feel safe walking alone. On campus I walk alone at night all the time, it's not great, the school should invest in better lighting, but there are always other students out and the blue lights are nice. There isn't normally a robbery/crime issue, many students leave their doors unlocked and leave stuff at the library and come back no problem (though I wouldn't recomend it because we had an issue at the beggining of the year with some random non NU student who got in and stole computers from open dorm rooms). I don't think its a particularly unsafe campus but be smart, lock doors.

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4 College Student

Health & Safety: The short time that I've been on Northwestern campus, I didn't really see many health services, but the neighborhood around campus is very friendly and nice.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus feels super safe. I've never been scared walking by myself at night.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Not much crime. Evanston is pretty residential so while you shouldn't walk around alone, you're probably okay if you look confident and sober

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While I've never had to go to the health center, I haven't heard any horror stories about it. However, it's quite a long walk for someone with hypothermia to take for treatment...

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 470th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 763rd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1213rd
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shayna Starr
Houston, Texas
Grad Year
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Most students feel pretty safe walking around campus at night, and NU does a good job of promoting its safety options. There are blue-light phones in various places around campus, CSOs (community service officers) at the entrance of all dorms, SafeRide (a campus car service), and the Northwestern University Police Department can be seen roaming campus at various times of the night. Most safety incidents that occur are in the areas and neighborhoods surrounding campus. When such an event happens, students are notified via an email the details of the time and location of the offense. In addition, Northwestern tests its outdoor voice system the first Tuesday of every month. It may scare you at first, but it’s all for your safety. No matter where you are, it is not a good idea to walk by yourself at night. So whether you are coming back from late-night studying or partying in the wee hours of the morning, make sure your friends know where you are.

When it comes to health, NU does a good job of taking care of its students. Student Health Services takes care of everything from the flu to broken bones. Have prescription medicine? Student Health Services can take care of that, as well. Also, CVS is just a short walk away from South Campus. Northwestern also offers Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which offers a variety of counseling courses for students who need them.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 134
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
University Police Department
1819 Hinman Ave.
(847) 491-3456
Safety Services
  • Blotter
  • Blue-light phones
  • Crime alerts
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training
  • SafeRide shuttles
  • Student escort service
Health Center
Northwestern University Health Service (NUHS)
633 Emerson St.
(847) 491-8100
Monday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (urgent care)
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical care
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Pharmacy
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Surgery clinic
  • Travel health
  • Women's health
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Wait times for SafeRide, a school-provided car service that runs at night, can be found on Twitter: @SafeRideWait.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 58 responses

  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 10% None
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 57 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 19% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 44% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 19% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 25% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 42% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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