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4 College Student

Health & Safety: School is very big on personal safety and health. The NUPD are amazing. They offer multiple self defense classes, support services, walk escorts, amnesty from university punishment for you and a friend if you call in for a ride when you got a little carried away with your drinking. The health center on campus is always available to provide you with any easy medical service - whether its a vaccine or cold medicine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I felt NEu kept everyone up to date if there were any current issues that could be a potential risk.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: there is campus police and city police patrolling the campus so i feel generally safe.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not had any incidents with this area, but I have seen nothing but extensive measures to ensure the safety of ALL members of the Northeastern community.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Good resources for safety and health, but i would like if there were more bluelights on campus for walking home alone at night.


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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 166 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 11% 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 100 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 166 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 195 responses

  • 31% 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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