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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: General health and safety across campus

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: During the day its completely safe with the exception of occasional street harrassment in/around Ruggles. At night, it also feels a lot safer than you would expect to feel in a city, but there are definitely a few instances of muggings (usually near Forsyth st or the Fens). NUPD offer free rides back to your dorm at night if you feel uncomfortable though. The Health Services center is extremely understaffed and waiting periods are insanely long and the quality of care given is not the best, especially when it comes to mental health services. You're much better off seeking help off campus if possible. All of the campus-owned dorms have security proctors and RAs on duty at all times so the hallways/common areas are very safe. There are definitely instances of sexual assault however and these usually occur between acquaintances so please be careful who you invite in your dorm room. Overall the campus feels very safe for a city school. People like to act like the dorms behind Columbus St are dangerous but the crime rates are actually not any higher than anywhere else.

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1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is fine. The campus is well-lit and people generally get home safe from wherever they end up at night. Health, however, is a catastrophe. I have had friends with ailments ranging from a deep, infected gash on the leg to mono to acute depression and campus health services has screwed them all over. My friend with a leg wound was seen at University Health services, and a few weeks later the wound went septic and she had to be hospitalized. My friend who had mono was told by UHCS that it was just a virus that would pass after a few days. She was sick for months. My friend with acute depression was essentially pawned off on a low-rate counselor who told her that her sexuality was invalid and that she should just "be happy". Northeastern has no reliable service for any kind of mental health problem or suicide prevention. It's disgusting.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think the campus should be more lit during the night. Being in the heart of the city of Boston, there is crime every so often but I think students just need to be aware of what's going on around them to be safe.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety here is great. Boston is an amazing and young city and I feel safe no matter what time of night I'm out and about.

The only problem is that Northeastern, unfortunately like many colleges these days, doesn't take sexual assault seriously enough. The students do, and it's not like it happens more than other schools, but the school could do a much better job addressing it once it happens. They are taking preventative measures and making sure students are informed, but they have done a bad job of handling cases in the past.

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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 162 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 10% None
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 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 91 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 162 responses

  • 36% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 3% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 186 responses

  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 55% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 13% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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