College Sophomore 2012-09-17T20:58:33Z
Health & Safety:
Although Northeastern is right in the middle of the city, I feel safe here. We have the Northeastern Police Department, and the Boston Police Department is right at the corner of our campus. The campus does border Roxbury, which is known to be a rough area, but I've never felt unsafe. Just like anywhere, you shouldn't walk alone at night and you should always be aware of your surroundings. Especially on weekends, there are police cars visible everywhere on campus, which could be a good or a bad thing.
Additionally, there are proctors at the entrance to every residence building on campus. This can be annoying because anyone who doesn't live in the building must be signed in with an ID, but it keeps us safe living in the dorms.
College Sophomore 2012-09-17T20:54:10Z
It's no secret that Northeastern is number one in the country for their co-op program, and it's for good reason. I haven't had a co-op yet, but I should be working next semester. The co-ops are usually six months long (you work for one semester and part of the summer) and there are hundreds to choose from. There are paid and unpaid, domestic and international, and full- and part-time co-ops available. Students are even able to make their own co-ops. Northeastern is an expensive school, but that hardly matters to me, because with the co-op program and the connections that Northeastern students have when they graduate, I am not at all concerned about getting a job when I graduate.
College Sophomore 2012-09-17T20:47:53Z
I'm an International Affairs major (Linguistics minor, French minor), and I give the IAF department at Northeastern an A. The program is benefited by the amazing amount of study abroad and international co-op opportunities. Hardly anyone comes to this school without studying abroad or taking a co-op. The professors in this department seem very qualified. The only reason I'm giving the program an A rather than an A+ is because two of the classes that are required (International Relations and Globalization) are very close to being the same class.
College Sophomore 2012-09-17T19:31:33Z
You won't notice the Greek Life at Northeastern unless you try to.
College Junior 2012-09-17T19:30:55Z
Some of the dining halls are decent, but you get tired of them very easily.
College Junior 2012-09-17T19:28:44Z
There is a ton to do in Boston. You can take local transpotation to sports games, you can shop on Newbery or the pru, there are tons of places to eat, and everywhere in Boston is easily accessible.
College Senior 2012-09-12T08:48:50Z
BED BUGS – When I first arrived to NU, I was given a single in Speare Hall. This dorm was disgusting. I was hardly given any room what-so-ever! I might as well have lived in a bath tub. Then I came to find that my bed was infected with BED BUGS!! I then had to clean all of my clothes, mind you, I had brought 4 fifty pound bags from across the country which I then had to wash again to get out the bug eggs.The housing staff was incredibly unfriendly, unhelpful, and unaccomadating. Freshmen housing was terrible for me, but upperclassmen housing is a bit better.
College Senior 2012-09-12T08:43:23Z
Pretty Good – The T is the most convenient means of transportation. The green line stops at Northeastern and the orange line at Ruggles. The T can get a bit expensive, but you can get a student pass through the University. Parking is really annoying in Boston, so I wouldn't recommend a car. A lot of kids ride bikes and some take Vespas.
College Senior 2012-09-12T08:34:33Z
Nice Dining Halls but Crap Food – Northeastern has some very fancy looking dining halls. IV looks like immaculate, has square plates, incredible design. However a lot of people don't like to eat there because of the food. The set up is wonderful, but it would be nice if they put that money towards some decent food rather than all the unneccessary TVs.
College Sophomore 2012-09-10T17:39:49Z
Parking in any city can be difficult so that is a downside of Northeastern. However, on the weekends parking is discounted and the meters are free on Sundays. It is not the best, but there really isn't a need for a car in the city.
College Sophomore 2012-09-10T17:38:57Z
Not Bad With Drugs – Northeastern really is not a big drug school. I do not do any drugs and I feel comfortable being around everyone here.
College Sophomore 2012-09-10T17:37:22Z
The gym at Northeastern is a prime example of how nice the facilities are at Northeastern. Also, the dining halls are amazing. We have so many different options that it would be almost impossible to leave a meal unhappy.
College Sophomore 2012-09-10T17:36:20Z
Our sports are unbelievable, especially hockey. The sports game atmospheres are really fun and a lot of students attend.
College Sophomore 2012-09-10T17:33:32Z
The off campus apartments are very nice at Northeastern. Many students live off campus and really enjoy their apartments. They can be less expensive than on campus housing as well.
College Sophomore 2012-09-10T17:32:26Z
Expansive, great views, spacious, very nice. The newer dorms are unbelievable and they are really trying to renovate and expand the freshmen dorms as well.
College Senior 2012-09-10T16:47:24Z
Lots of Places to Go – It's in the center of Boston so there is never a dull moment. Even when there is nothing on campus, the boston common is a T-ride away, there are movie theaters everywhere. The MFA is right on campus pretty much. You can also go to newbury street for shopping :)
College Senior 2012-09-10T16:45:53Z
Process Is Slow – Usually they do a great job at finding you the scholarships. But if they need more documents to process yours, they don't start the process until every paper is sent in from you, and they don't ask you for them until the very last minute so your process starts too late to get the good scholarships.
College Senior 2012-09-10T16:42:44Z
Price Are High – Dining halls food is ok. The prices are too high (eating at a restaurant is cheaper than in dining hall) and usually way too crowded because of the increasing number of freshmen.
But if you want to skip cooking for a day and hang out with friends at the dining hall, it's great. cookies are delicious here too.
College Senior 2012-09-09T18:35:19Z
No Fun Until You're 21 – They are some house parties for those under 21 but some can be far away. Boston has a city-wide policy against 18+ clubs so there are some clubs that have a 18+ night but usually people don't like it as much as the house parties. Once you're 21 though, the city becomes an amazing place to be.
College Senior 2012-09-09T18:32:29Z
Northeastern isn't as good as it should be with financial aid. Scholarships are hard to come by but if you get one it's usually a decent one. After your first year the best thing is to apply for grants. Some people in the financial aid department are wonderful and others not so much. Just make sure you have all your forms in order each year.
College Senior 2012-09-09T18:28:48Z
Health & Safety:
Depends on Where You Go – The campus is very safe but on the edges is where you may find trouble. One side has what is called "The Fens" where during the night a lot of people go to smoke. It's not scary to be in since there are emergency call buttons throughout but it is pretty sketchy. Ruggles can also be a sketchy place to be in and there are the occasional thefts there.
College Senior 2012-09-09T18:22:40Z
Very Diverse Choices – Northeastern's dining halls are probably the best in the city; International Village actually did win an award. There is always someplace to eat and the workers are very friendly. Stetson East has a lot of typical food like pizza and burgers, but the real gems are the vegan/vegetarian room and bakery. Stetson West has a make your own stir-fry bar just be prepared to wait. International Village has the most choices, including a sushi bar, and vary a lot more than the others day to day. I personally like the soups which come from Au Bon Pain. There is also an on the go place which is a huge time saver when you have a short time between classes.
College Senior 2012-09-09T18:15:06Z
Campus Police Are Strict – Depending on the time of the semester, the campus police are very strict with off-campus parties. Sometimes they are lax and only respond when neighbors complain or the parties are very obvious. Towards the beginnings of semesters the have a tendency to follow groups of more than 4 people to see where the party is. I have seen them hide in packs to catch the clusters of people who are drunk.
College Junior 2012-09-05T07:14:33Z
Sarah Angela Ocic – I believe even though I am taking on a double major, I can assure that I will succeed in the help of my school.
College Junior 2012-09-05T07:10:46Z
Sarah Angela Ocic – I think the transportation should run a little later in the evening since we have evening classes, and I do not drive so it makes it a little inconvenient.
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