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3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is not a major part of the school. The sororities/fraternities that exist are often tied to community service or academic majors, and are not as popular as they are in non-urban schools.

4 College Student

Athletics: We have several gyms that are modern, accessible, and nice, if often crowded.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Since Northeastern is in the heart of Boston, the possibilities for off-campus dining are limitless, and you can find whatever you're looking for, generally accessible through the T if not within walking distance.

4 College Student

Administration: The policies are typically fair and reasonable, and things flow smoothly.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Though my family negotiated financial aid with all of the schools I was accepted to, Northeastern was the only school that actually increased my scholarship package, which was excellent. However, they did not offer me the best package I was offered, and I am still going to have more student loans than I care to think about.

3 College Student

Party Scene: We all love to party, but Boston isn't the easiest place to do so. Most people have small friend gatherings or go off campus.

4 College Student

Campus Food: For college food, Northeastern has some great options. Rebecca's in particular is amazing, and the dining halls aren't bad. I wish more places accepted meals instead of dining dollars, which can be pricey and run out fast.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: As a member of the Honors Program, my dorm is great! The annual housing process for choosing housing, however, is somewhat confusing, and there could be more options available; my housing next year will not be as wonderful as it was this year (difficult to top) due to a low lottery number.

College Senior

Greek Life: I have no idea about Greek Life personally, but from the girls that I've known in sororities, they seem to have enjoyed it.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing in the area around campus is pretty much one of two things: extremely small and very expensive, or for slightly less but still way too much money, you can be in a more dangerous area with careless landlords.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Boston has lots of different and great food! The area around campus is definitely not lacking, there is something for everyone.

3 College Senior

Administration: I haven't had any problems with rule-breaking and I don't really know anyone else who has. Maybe it's pretty lenient after all.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study. I have not had any problems communicating with the FA office and when my counselor is not available, there is usually someone else who can answer my questions.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Since there are so many different schools in the area, I've found that most parties integrate a larger group of people than just students from my school. In that sense, it's been fun to meet a diverse group of people. I don't really go to parties anymore and find that the bar and music scenes are more my thing.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: There are plenty of options available on and immediately off-campus. When I had a meal plan, I never had any problems with the dining halls. There's a decent variety between the different locations and plenty to choose from within each one. I miss Wendy's being in Curry.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I only lived on campus for my freshman year, and where I lived was fairly standard. However, there are many upper-classman (and even freshman) dorms that are really quite nice. All dorms are very accessible to the rest of campus and convenient to other nearby amenities.

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3 College Student

Campus Food: East gets old after a while, and usually the food is cold. It's also super busy sometimes, especially after the NUin kids came, because East Village doesn't have its own dining hall.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: Its pretty good, the freshman dorms are really close to campus, and having a dining hall in the building is pretty nice. Sometimes it gets loud at night and the RA's don't inforce quiet hours, which is aggravating for an athlete with early morning practices. For upperclassmen housing, the lottery system is hectic. A lot of people got screwed over this year because there weren't enough housing choices left after the seniors and fourth years chose.

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4 College Student

Campus Food: Steast dining hall (Levine) is the busiest and most likely the one you will always use freshman year (unless you live in IV or Stetson West). IV is housed in the honors building and has great options/variety, but it's also the farthest place on campus from most freshman dorms. The trek is worth it on some occasions, but as winter settles in, IV trips become less frequent. You will eat in Stetson West once, it will be for the stir fry, it will take 45 mins, and you will most likely never go back but still claim it's worth it. Outtakes is the to-go place you only ever use on a Friday night when you have leftover swipes you don't want to waste. Rebecca's is insanity during lunch, but completely worth it as it's the best place to eat on campus. I've made entire schedules around having time to get Rebecca's.

Meal plan is nice as most places off campus will take dining dollars, but it's way overpriced. If you look at how much one actually pays for a swipe into a dining hall, it's pretty unrealistic unless you eat crazy amounts of food. Sneak food out when you can; it'll help you feel somewhat better. That fact that you get 10 free guest swipes is nice though. GET A 10 MEAL PLAN; unless you plan on waking up and actually eating at the dining hall every morning at 8am, it's not worth it. 15 meals means lots of expensive swipes wasted at Outtakes on simply bags of chips and soda.

Most upperclassmen have kitchens so there's a lot more flexibility.

Only a few of the many places to eat of note either on or close to campus: Au Bon Pan, Bolocco, Wings Over Boston, Taco Bell, Popeye's, Starbucks, so many Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Five Guys, Panera, Wollaston's (grocery store), CVS (a 5 mins walk from most freshmen dorms), Wendy's, and a million restaurants and cafe's a 10 to 15 min walk away by the Prue/Newbury.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: Incoming freshman really don't have much sway in choosing where they'll end up as it changes every year (unless you're in honors) but the freshman options are all pretty average as far as accomadations go. East Village is the newest one and supposedly the nicest, set up with two rooms having a shared bathroom in the middle, which is the same for honors dorming at IV (International Village). There are two suite style buildings (153 Hemenway and Kennedy). In Kennedy, everyone has living rooms, which is nice, but in 153 you basically just get an extra closet in your hallway and more roommates, so not as exciting unless you're one of the lucky 2 or 3 (their room numbers end in 27!). The biggest rooms in general for a dorm are definitely in Smith Hall, which is pretty updated and clean too. Not much info is given during the process at all (even for upperclassmen) but in the end it all works out for the most part so I wouldn't sweat it.

As for upperclassmen housing, most dorms are nice and you're pretty much guaranteed a living room and kitchen. The lottery system is based on seniority, which means you'll choose with your grade, but the people who bring in the most credits from high school tend to have a leg up and better lottery numbers for within their own class (at least for when choosing housing as rising sophomores). The process is pretty confusing and little info is given before lottery numbers are issued. Also, new changes to the policies make moving off campus as a sophomore extremely hard to pull off as it is a requirement now, and sophomores are no longer allowed to live in leased apartments either.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never experienced it, but I have heard great things about off-campus housing. It is supposedly much cheaper than on-campus.

College Sophomore

Administration: I really wouldn't know, I don't tend to break rules, and I have never been in trouble.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Luckily, I am able to have a full scholarship due to an employee reimbursement, however I still have difficulty paying for my housing which is why I need scholarship. I feel like I don't have many options and I don't get much aid since I get off so much anyway.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I am not a fan of the Chartwell's version of Taco Bell and how everything on campus is Coca - Cola. If we have vendors, such as Taco Bell, UBurger, Popeyes, they should be able to provide the services that the vendor would normally provide.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived on campus for two years now. The lottery process is fair and simple. My only problem with the housing is that it is so expensive, and that is why I have to apply for scholarships.

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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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