Recent Alumnus 2012-12-28T14:32:56Z
Northeastern's Co-op program is the reason why I decided to go there. It gives you great work experience that not many other schools provide. a fifth year in school seems like a lot more but it's all worth it in the end because most people end up getting hired by the company they co-oped for. such a great thing to have in my opinion
College Senior 2012-12-28T10:49:27Z
They have campus garages and parking lots if you have a car and drive. They also have easily accessible transportation by the T (subway cars) or the bus. Public transportation is very accessible and taxi's are always present.
College Senior 2012-12-28T10:47:44Z
They have an off campus housing office in the student community building and they are very helpful at helping students new to the Boston area located housing and matching up roommates whether you are a graduate student or undergraduate student. They also have student organizations on campus that can help to direct you to student organizations or fraternity groups to help with housing.
College Senior 2012-12-28T03:51:39Z
NU doesn't have great weather year round. Chances are you will be in Boston in the summertime for coop or summer classes, and Boston in the summer is very pretty. But if you come to Boston and are expecting SoCal weather.. you should have looked at a map before applying to schools.
College Senior 2012-12-28T03:39:14Z
If you want a good location, you'll have to drop a grand at least just for yourself. If you don't mind living out on Mission Hill it's a little less expensive and nicer living. Pretty easy to get (and sublet) an apartment whenever you look, even though realtors around NU try to get you to put money down by April for a lease in September. Try not to get suckered into it and do your research.
College Senior 2012-12-28T03:37:08Z
Oncampus parking is unbelievably expensive. Most people who go to this school make enough cash so that if they have a car they can probably get their parents to front the cash for a space. I can't imagine why you'd need a car in a city like this unless you want to head up north to ski or board.
College Senior 2012-12-28T03:24:47Z
There are a three different dining halls as well as a ton of places to use Husky Dollars. The variety isn't bad, and when you count all the options off campus it's pretty hard to complain. Not to mention our student center is essentially a food court with a $50k yearly subscription price.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-28T03:20:02Z
I don't stay in the city... I commute. When I plan on spending significant amounts of time at the school I stay in a dorm room on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-28T03:18:02Z
Public transportation is the way to go... Campus is in the middle of the T orange and green lines! There are two garages that are pricey but also metered Internet parking if you don't mind walking a bit.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-28T03:13:10Z
Difficult to get wireless in dorm rooms but common areas provide easy access.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T17:14:38Z
Hockey and basketball are the two biggest sports at Northeastern, at least in terms of sporting events that students will go to. The teams at Northeastern are okay, but the atmosphere is the best part about these games. The student section is loud and involved, especially at hockey games. It's always fun to go to the games and cheer for the NU teams. However, besides those two sports, there's definitely less student involvement, although there are definitely still people who will support every team. School spirit may not be the same as it would at a school such as Alabama or large state schools, but that can be partially explained by the fact that NU doesn't have a football team. The athletic facilities are top-notch, both for varsity athletes and anyone who wants to use the gym. Intramural sports are popular too, and there's a large variety of them.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T17:09:54Z
Boston is an amazing city to live in, especially if you're a college student. There are so many colleges that the atmosphere of the city as a whole is very young. There's something for everyone in Boston, whether it's art museums, the aquarium, the Museum of Science, sports, outdoor parks, shopping, or theater. I can't imagine living anywhere but the city now that I've been here. Boston is also great because it's a large city, but not so large that it's overwhelming. I pretty much knew my way around everywhere within a month.
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T17:07:14Z
The drug scene at Northeastern is there, although I wouldn't say it's prominent. For the most part, it's just kids smoking. Besides that, drug use isn't really big. Drinking is a lot more common.
College Junior 2012-12-25T03:14:20Z
I absolutely love the gym and it's group fitness program; it's so high tech, with tv screens on the treadmills. The library is expansive and the second floor actually just got remodeled with new technology. It also has a fiction section! The green spaces are beautiful; there are good fields for playing frisbee, football, or soccer.
College Junior 2012-12-25T03:11:54Z
There are definitely plenty of computers available around campus, but each set of them have different programs loaded to them, so you have to be sure that the computer you go to use has the program that you need.
College Junior 2012-12-25T03:06:15Z
There are definitely a ton of restaurant/fast food options in Boston. I especially love Boloco, which is an inexpensive burrito store chain.
College Junior 2012-12-25T03:04:10Z
I think that our school policies are reasonable; they are clearly all in place to ensure that all students and faculty are as safe as possible at all times.
College Sophomore 2012-12-22T06:15:24Z
College Student 2012-12-20T01:36:03Z
Being in the middle of the city there is a pretty wide variety of options, There are plenty of nice restaurants to go to if you can afford it, but there are also plenty of more affordable options including some fast food chains.
College Student 2012-12-20T01:34:23Z
The teams may be good but school spirit is pretty low. Hockey and basketball get some attention, but it is definitely not a huge part of campus life
College Student 2012-12-20T01:29:54Z
Health & Safety:
It is a little creepy to walk home alone at night, or through the fens at night. But there are plenty of campus police around at any given time.
College Junior 2012-12-16T02:37:54Z
The city is great. I grew up here so nothing is new to me. It isn't as exciting as other cities.
College Junior 2012-12-16T02:36:55Z
The housing on campus is very nice. The food is good as well, but is can be improved. The atmosphere is very laid back which is nice.
College Junior 2012-12-14T08:00:44Z
Northeastern is the school that popularized the system of cooperative education for universities. The concept that practical experience, whether it be or professional or research-based, is essential in fostering a meaningful education, and building a foundation for post-graduate success is the CORNERSTONE of Northeastern University!
Internships, which we call co-ops here at Northeastern, are not required, but are highly encouraged, and the vast majority of students participate. It is actually one of the defining factors for many students deciding to come to Northeastern in the first place! Northeastern's academic period of attendance is non-traditional. Students who participate in co-op attend school for either 3 or 4 semesters and then take 4 or 6 months off from classes to work full-time, usually from January-June (Spring, Summer 1 semesters) or July-December (Summer II, Fall semesters). But, they keep their full-time student status, and it doesn't affect their scholarship eligibility, or require lengthy "leave of absence" paperwork. Students complete between 1 and 3 co-ops in their time at Northeastern. This professional experience is a huge reason why Northeastern currently has the best Career Services according to Princeton Review and has one of the highest real job-placement rates of any university in the country.
Northeastern has built strong, mutually beneficial relationships with employers that are the leaders in their field. And, Northeastern students have built a great reputation with the employers we've worked with over the years, so options for students continues to grow. Not only do students have access to an incredible variety of existing "co-op" employers, but Northeastern students are highly encouraged to create their own positions with new organizations, both domestically and abroad. Our International Co-op program is strong and growing, and provides an opportunity in our globalizing world for Northeastern students to get international experience, while learning an intimate understanding of a new nation, language and culture.
A unique facet of Co-op is that a much higher percentage of these positions (compared to an average internship) are paid! This is often due to the level of depth/skill required of the position, and our strong employer relationships! This allows students to learn financial independence, and many students use this program strategically as a tuition-free period where they can earn and save money, and even pay down student-loans!
Overall, the co-op program is one of the most strong and distinctive characteristics at Northeastern!
College Junior 2012-12-14T07:35:48Z
This grade comes only from the lack of consistency. There are AMAZING dorms at Northeastern, but there are also super old god-awful dorms. So, I can't give a totally high or totally low grade because it all depends on where you live!
The freshman Honors housing, International Village is swanky. I had a single that had a connecting bathroom to ONE other girl. We had a gym in our building, a bamboo garden outside on our floor, and a huge laundry room down the hall. I was the second person to ever live in my room. There are also really nice dorms in the West Villages. These 7 buildings (A-H, except D (??)) all have really nice upperclassmen options from 3 single-bedroom suites, to 3-double bedroom suites and everything in between.
There are also utter disasters. Since Northeastern is an urban campus growing at a ridiculously fast rate, it has apartment buildings that it leases out and manages for its students. This option means that the level of care to these converted apartments is often lower, and the fact that they weren't built as DORMS makes the experience much less positive for a lot of students. There are also some REALLY old dorms that aren't in great shape. Thankfully, there is tiered pricing for housing based on building, so if you're on a budget, you can accomodate those needs too!
So, overall, considering that there are about 30 residence buildings at Northeastern, the condition of on-campus living is pretty good! There are a few weak links, but there are PLENTY of options, so you should be able to find a dorm with the combination of amenities, location, and price that suits you!
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