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3 College Student

Health & Safety: Boston is pretty safe at night if you use common sense you should be fine. I usually walk back to my dorm at 2,3,4, in the morning from the library or the Architecture studio and I'm usually fine. (I am a girl btw!) If you are not comfortable with walking alone, walk with friends or take the shuttle back home. Do not go around flashing your expensive items.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While students have been fighting to get a sexual health resource center on campus for the longest time (every other Boston-area college has one), it hasn't happened yet. Administration seems apathetic towards the issue of sexual assault and the school is facing a Title IX investigation. Additionally, the health center's same day appointment only policy makes it difficult to book a time. Mental health resources are lacking.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't really hear much about students feeling unsafe so I would assume the campus security are doing a fine job but then again I don't really hear much about how to keep yourself safe and what to do in an emergency so I feel like we should be more educated on that.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: NUPD is not joke, and because of that, campus is probably one of the safest areas in Boston. They work fairly closely with BPD and it's probably most effective to report on-campus theft, suspicious activity, etc. to NUPD. These guys and girls are definitely here to help, and don't look to get students in trouble if it can be avoided

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are always NU police around all the time and plenty of services to make sure you are safe. Once I even got a free ride to and from the hospital from NU safety when I had to go to the ER for an eye infection.

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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 142 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 10% None
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Drugs
  • 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 47 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 142 responses

  • 44% High quality, very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 142 responses

  • 35% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 142 responses

  • 31% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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