College Senior 2012-02-02T14:59:18Z
It's all in the name/Decent amount of tolerance – While there are students from all over the country and from MOST parts of the world (Most foreign kids are either Chinese, Indian or European), the vast majority of students at NU are white, suburban, mostly upper-middle to upper class kids from the Northeast. There seems to be a general tolerance towards diversity, but there have been occasions where students just lost their cool against kids from other backgrounds.
(Quick point about foreigners: Even though there are foreigners, most of them have actually lived in the USA before coming to college. I only know like 3-4 foreigners that have been born abroad AND never lived in the US before college.)
College Junior 2012-02-01T19:36:46Z
To T or Not to T – The T is your best friend. You can walk most places near campus, but the T system is so easy to use and convenient (as long as you aren't out past 12:30), that you might as well learn to love it. It gets crowded and runs unbearably slow at times, but it's worth the $1.70 with a Charlie card. The airport is accessible, as are North and South station for buses and trains. The commuter rail is accessible right on campus from Ruggles for most lines. Transportation is extremely convenient on and around campus. The Green line E train and the Orange line both have stops on campus. Learn to love the T!
College Junior 2012-02-01T19:31:19Z
Over 21 or Apartments – When you are under 21 in Boston, your nightlife selection is minimal. There are some 18+ clubs, but most of them are extremely sketchy. If you want to party and are underage, you are best off at an apartment party. But be warned, Boston cops know where to look for parties. Mission Hill is great, but be careful, as the cops know the notorious houses. Bars in Boston are very strict on drinking age and crack down on fakes. Transportation is easy, with cabs, but remember that the T stops running at 12:30.
College Junior 2012-02-01T19:20:11Z
Decent but Boring – The food on campus is good, but it gets boring pretty fast. It's great to have places on campus like Rebecca's and Chicken Lou's to use your dining dollars or meal swipes and get better quality food. There is also multiple restaurants in the area that take dining dollars or Husky dollars, so it is easy to get more variety. However, strictly eating in the dining halls gets boring.
College Junior 2012-01-29T03:27:17Z
Northeastern is located right in the middle of Boston, so there are two MBTA T stops right on campus, which makes traveling throughout the city very convenient for students. Additionally, there are a number of different MBTA busses that stop on campus.
College Junior 2012-01-29T03:25:02Z
Not Very Apparent – Although there is some greek life at Northeastern, there is no official housing for frats/sororities, so they are very exclusive.
College Junior 2012-01-29T03:21:59Z
So Many Options – Northeastern has facilities on campus that cater to the interests of all of the students. The Curry Student Center has a number of fast-food options, the center for student activities, an art gallery, the University bookstore, as well as a place for students to just hang out. The Marino Gym is a state-of-the art gym that has whatever gym equipment that students may want to use, including an indoor track for those who don't want to run on a treadmill, but don't want to freeze in the cold Boston weather. The newly renovated Cabot Physical Fitness center has an indoor field/track (the Cage) as well as a pool and weight room that is used by both varsity and non-varsity athletes. Northeastern has great facilities and is constantly trying to make them even better for students.
College Junior 2012-01-26T18:20:16Z
northeastern has the perfect combination of a city school and with a campus and a lot of school pride. Boston is amazing and there is always something to do on campus. i love it
College Junior 2012-01-26T18:18:32Z
Finding Spots – finding parking near the campus is very difficult, its located in boston so the city itself isn't very good with parking
College Junior 2012-01-26T18:16:57Z
Guys & Girls:
most of the girls and guys at my school are very attractive, outgoing and fun.
College Senior 2012-01-19T21:03:00Z
Health & Safety:
Safe Enough – I have never felt unsafe on Northeastern's campus but I have been around some strange company close to the borders of campus.
College Junior 2012-01-16T07:18:04Z
Winter Is Brutal – Expect a large amount of rain during your first months, as you should with any New England school. The cold can be nice when it yields snow, but there will no doubt be times when you come to envy your friends in southern and/or western schools. There will most likely be some days so cold you feel restricted to your dorm. Despite the large amount of snow that Boston can get, classes are rarely canceled, so don't anticipate any snow days but rather an occasional canceled class given the right timing.
College Junior 2012-01-16T06:54:40Z
Abundance of Choices – Being the size that it is, Boston contains a huge variety of cuisines and dining options. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 20 different countries, a good amount of them within Asia, that are represented by nearby restaurants. Your NUID can give you a number of small but amounting discounts on on-campus restaurants and stores, so make note to utilize that little perk. The only downside is the relatively early closing hours; there are not very many late-night options...but I would recommend Tasty Burger.
As you hopefully have heard, Boston is very strict with underage drinking, so you will need a very good ID if you plan to foster it or go out to bars in the first years...this is a nasty surprise for all the students who come here and have only heard that "Boston is the ultimate college town." Corner Tavern seems to have a great reputation among everyone I know, so it should definitely be a bar to check out if you find yourself at Northeastern or just in Boston. The Hawthorne would be another one to add to your list. Everywhere is pretty easy to access given Boston's public transit, but take into account that the T closes at 12:30am, so it is easy to find yourself walking home and/or scrounging for a taxi late at night on weekends.
College Junior 2012-01-16T06:28:05Z
You Shouldn't Have a Problem – Unless it is midterm or finals season, you are most likely to have a computer at your disposal whenever you are in need. Northeastern's printer costs ($40) are built into every student's budget per semester and you can find the printers right inside the library next to a number of labs. But if you don't buy your own nor desire to brave the cold one night in the harsh winter, you can always ask to use one of someone in your hall. Perhaps the quality (on average) of the computers could use some improvement, as they are a little outdated, but they are nevertheless satisfactory and won't cause you many problems, if any.
I have never had a problem with NU's wireless network, whether I'm in a dorm, the library, on the move (using my phone), or wherever; the network adequately serves our entire and enormous campus. And although I don't know much about the intricacies of network speed, "NUwave," as it is called, seems equal to or faster than any other I've used, and certainly faster and more reliable than the one I have at home. Just make sure you don't do anything illegal on "NUwave guest," or you might get into some trouble...rumor has it that the FBI is watching since it is technically a public domain...or something like that.
College Senior 2012-01-12T17:42:59Z
Not the Best – Financial aid at Northeastern is decent (I was offered more at other schools) but tuition is so high that even with aid, it is an expensive school.
College Senior 2012-01-12T17:40:27Z
Northeastern offers lots but charge a lot to keep your car there for the semester. Around the city, some spaces can be found but there is always the risk of parking tickets. Some off campus apartments on Mission Hill have decent parking.
College Senior 2012-01-12T17:33:24Z
Lots of computers but it can be difficult to find one during finals/midterms. Most students have their own laptops however, as all of Northeastern has WiFi.
College Junior 2012-01-11T01:23:40Z
Biology Is Awesome – I have not had much time to think about my major choice since I am only in my second semester at Northeastern and as a biology major, but so far I like it. So far I have been happy to have chosen to be a biology major. My classes are enjoyable as well as productive. They are challenging, engaging, and I believe will help me as I pursue my goals. I am not sure what career path I want to go on yet but I want to do something in the sciences. I do not have many concerns as of yet about finding a job.
College Junior 2012-01-11T01:20:37Z
One very unique thing about my school is the co-op program. It allows students to explore certain career paths they may be interested in and decide whether they are interested or not. It also allows students to network more so that once they graduate, they have a foot in the door when looking for jobs. Overall it is a very unique and helpful aspect of my school. I also like that my school is in the middle of the city but still manages to have its own campus that is distinct from the city. So I can have the feel of college campus or the feel of the city depending on where I go.
College Junior 2012-01-11T01:10:25Z
The Wonderful World of Boston – Boston is full of fun things to do, interesting things to see, and cool people to meet. There is always something going on whether you are into parties, clubs, museums, or just hanging out with friends. With all the diversity and and activities, not to mention the fact that about one fifth of Boston's population is students, the atmosphere tends to the vibrant, young, and exciting. Most people are friendly, with a few exceptions. There are tons of places to shop ranging from extremely high end, designer stores, to the average stores you can find in most of America's malls. Even though its a city, there are still plenty of places to soak up nature, such as Boston Commons or numerous fields that one can go out and play a sport or do whatever. Boston is a wonderful city to be in.
College Junior 2012-01-10T23:53:41Z
Experiental Education – I think NU does a great job of broadening your experiences and allowing you to get experience in the real world
College Sophomore 2012-01-10T22:59:04Z
Guys & Girls:
What a Variety – Since the school is fairly big, and in Boston, a total college town, both on and off campus there are tons of college students everywhere. No matter what your type is, you'll be able to find someone in Boston. And with so many schools so close to each other, it's not a big problem to date someone who goes somewhere else. If you even want to, because there are plenty of attractive, normal people right here at Northeastern. My experience is that there's some of everything, people looking for hook ups and some who want relationships. People of all cultural identities and interests can be found here.
College Junior 2012-01-02T20:23:30Z
We're in Boston so it's cold from November through about March. As long as you're okay with wearing a winter coat to a party and walking to and from class with some snow on the ground, you'll be fine. When the weather is nice, everyone is outside playing frisbee, lounging, studying, walking, etc. The weather definitely isn't my favorite part about NU, but it's not horrible.
College Junior 2012-01-02T20:20:21Z
HOCKEY HOCKEY HOCKEY – Hockey games are by far the most highly attended sporting events at Northeastern. Our hockey team is pretty good, and the best part of the season is when they play in the Beanpot tournament vs. BU, BC, and Harvard. Basketball games get some decent attendance as well. NU is a D1 school, and all of our sports teams are pretty good. Overall, lots of school spirit and the games are always a blast.
College Junior 2012-01-02T20:17:53Z
Upperclassman Housing – Campus housing is great once you're an upperclassman. All students (sophomores and above) have the option of living in apartment-style resident halls, with their own kitchens, bathrooms, common rooms, etc. These apt-style rooms generally house 4 people, but it can vary from building to building. West village can be expensive, but it's really nice. Freshman housing isn't that great, but what college does have nice freshman dorms? Overall, the housing is pretty nice.
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