College Sophomore 2012-04-02T04:33:11Z
Boston weather always keeps you guessing. There could be tons of snow one winter, and hardly any the next. This past March saw students tanning in the quad during several 80+ degree days, and cold, rainy weather the following weekend. If you don't mind a little bit of everything, including very cold winters and mildly hot summers, the weather isn't too bothersome. Rain boots, snow boots, umbrellas, and a variety of gloves, scarves, and hats are a must for the fall, winter, and spring.
College Sophomore 2012-04-02T04:26:25Z
Health & Safety:
The campus generally feels safe but there are some parts that can be a bit sketchy at night. Northeastern takes some measures to ensure student safety late at night but many students do not take advantage of them or know about them. For the most part, though, safety on campus is just about being smart.
College Sophomore 2012-04-02T01:03:16Z
So Many Options – I am a current freshman at northeastern and the off-campus dining is amazing! If you are feeling adventurous you can go to little italy and the north end for the best italian. If you want a late night snack, most places are open until 3 am and deliver. This city has so many options chinese, indian, pizza, italian, persian, ethiopian, burgers, french, literally anything you want.
College Junior 2012-04-01T00:44:29Z
Enclosed Campus in the City – My favorite thing about Northeastern is that it really feels like a college campus. The buildings are relatively enclosed and you can walk to everything. You don't feel like you're in the middle of Boston until you step out onto huntington Ave. and can walk to the Prudential Center, or look out of your window and see the lights of Fennway park. It really has the best aspects of a traditional enclosed college campus and living in the city.
College Junior 2012-04-01T00:36:54Z
Lots of International Students, Particularly Asians – White is definitely not the large majority here. There are a lot of Asian students, both those born in America and those from overseas. They can get annoying because so many of them don't speak great English and ask a ton of questions in class because they can't understand the professor. It can get obnoxious, especially since we're in America, they really should make an effort to know our language before they arrive.
College Junior 2012-04-01T00:34:23Z
Pretty Good Computer Labs, Etc. The computer labs on campus are of pretty good quality. Info commons, in the library, has plenty of Macs and PC's to use and most of them come loaded with programs like matlab and maple that would be expensive to purchase. The campus also offers mobile printing, so you can send stuff to the queue and then pick it up at any printer on campus. The only issue is that things only stay in the queue for two hours, so you run the risk of sending it to the printer too early, and then the file being gone when you go to print.
College Sophomore 2012-03-31T16:04:30Z
Boston Has Food! Northeastern is right in the middle of Boston so there is a huge variety of places within walking distance so you will never go hungry no matter the hour of the day. I love the Boston culture and all the smaller restaurants that have nice eating areas. Great place for meeting new people.
College Sophomore 2012-03-31T16:02:55Z
Options Galore – The food options on and around campus are plenty. Whatever you are in the mood for there is something to satisfy your appetite. I like the food in the dining hall but I usually crave something from another restaurant.
College Sophomore 2012-03-31T16:01:21Z
Co-Op for Life – I chose Northeastern because of the amazing Co-Op program which allows you 2 or 3 work experience programs before you graduate in which you are placed with a company of your choice to work for 6 months while getting paid and not paying tuition. It is a great program and one that will help build your resume even before you graduate. I will have job offers even before I graduate and that means more to me.
College Sophomore 2012-03-30T15:53:33Z
Pretty Strict – While the school uses all their intentions to prohibit drinking and drugs, there will always be some around.
College Sophomore 2012-03-30T15:52:14Z
Everybody Loves the Gym, Dinning Halls and Recreational Centers – Enough space for everyone to enjoy and all types of facilities for any kind of taste.
College Sophomore 2012-03-30T15:51:05Z
Health & Safety:
Do Not Use It, but Hear It Is Good! I already have health care covered in Boston and go to my Doctor, but once I had to get a vaccine and the staff was quick, simple and polite. I also hear through my friends they are very good.
College Senior 2012-03-25T21:48:32Z
Eh, Whatever – Drugs don't seem to be too big here. If you're looking for it you'll be able to find it, but if you're not interested it's not in-your-face at all and you probably won't see it much. Policies against drug use include going to the Office of Student Conduct if you're caught, but it's not usually serious unless you're a repeat offender.
College Senior 2012-03-25T21:46:13Z
Unyielding Team Spirit – Basketball and hockey are the two biggest sports here, and our fans are fiercely loyal. We also fiercely hate the competition. Everyone wears school colours to the games and learns all the cheers. Games against other Boston schools are usually the best attended so that we can show off why we are the best. There's a great sense of school spirit at the sporting games.
College Senior 2012-03-25T21:41:45Z
College Kids Everywhere – Boston is truly a college city, so there is never a shortage of people to meet or fun activities to do. Boston colleges constantly play each other in sports, or get together for comedy or music festivals. All the businesses and restaurants know we're their main customers so we are always welcome and treated well. It's the perfect place to go to school!
College Sophomore 2012-03-18T01:55:29Z
Its sick. We rage. Kappa Sigma is the shiz. People that aren't in it "enjoy campus life" because they don't know what else is out there. So much change and potential going on. Be part of it.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-16T22:01:08Z
The hydrology studies are very intense and very good. You'll learn a lot!!!
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-16T21:55:13Z
Eating on Campus – I find it ridiculous that a fee to use the fast food area is added to our tuition.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-16T21:53:50Z
Env Engineering – The program is very good, but intense. The office of Students Accounts is very helpful, but if you leave them a message, it does not get resolve if you don't follow up and they never return your call. There are certain mistakes they make and you have to follow up with it. Professors are very good, but the ones they hire as a substitute professors, are not good.
College Sophomore 2012-03-15T19:38:13Z
Environmental Science! I absolutely love my major (Environmental Science). The department here is fantastic and amazing and all of the professors and students are so passionate about everything they study and encounter on a daily basis. A major in Environmental Science is a great thing to have since there are so many different but relevant minors and concentrations you can declare. There's also a student group for environmental-minded students and that allows members to interact with their professors and classmates in a more informal and fun way. I was never a strong science student in high school so I was a bit nervous when I declared Enviro Science rather than Enviro Studies. But the support from the department was amazing and I wouldn't trade Enviro Science for anything- I love all my science classes! Highly recommended; I'm already disappointed my time here will have to come to an end. Granted, that's in five years, but still. . .
College Sophomore 2012-03-15T19:29:59Z
Nom Nom Nomming – So I think the food at NU is pretty good, but I'm only a freshman and I'm starting to get tired of the food. But once you're a sophomore, you have the chance to get a place with a kitchen which is something I'm looking forward to. Like any other place, the food does get a bit repetitive but there are enough places nearby that accept Dining Dollars or Husky Bucks so you honestly can't complain. I will say, the vegetarian section really seems to lack quite a bit. There's a few meals tat are the dining halls go-to meals so vegetarians have to be pretty creative sometimes. They do a pretty good program called Outtakes, which means you can use a meal swipe to get snacks and take-away dinners from a place on campus rather than swiping into the dining hall. This is handy considering some people would otherwise have wasted meal swipes. All in all, pretty good fare.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-15T18:12:10Z
Drug Usage – Drug usage is pretty prevalent on campus. Marijuana is decriminalized in Boston so it isn't uncommon to see someone smoking on the street or deck. Much of the student body is international and it is fairly common to see cocaine at a party or club.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-15T18:08:18Z
Off campus housing is extremely easy to find. I've been able to save money by living off campus for the past three years. Unfortunately, because Northeastern is in the city center, housing can be expensive, but if you look early enough and are willing to go to one of the student neighborhoods a little further from campus, you can cut your rent in half. The school is very helpful in connecting students with realtors and even has an off campus housing fair in the student center twice a year.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-15T18:05:31Z
Northeastern has an application you can download to your laptop where you can send a document to any printer on campus, then use your student ID to swipe and pick it up whenever youre ready in the next 24 hours. This is super convenient when you finish an assignment at your apartment, and then can pick it up whenever you head to campus for class. It reduces wait times at print stations between class changes.
College Senior 2012-03-07T21:00:28Z
Dont have a car so didnt really have problems in this area, but from what I heard parking is expensive and hard to get.
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