College Senior 2011-03-17T16:31:18Z
Guys & Girls:
Melting Pot – Northeastern draws a lot of different types of people. There is the cultural aspect, because of the foreign influence, but also personality in general. There isn't a real typical personality; you can meet just about anyone. There's always someone interested in the same things as you, as evidenced by the multitude of clubs and student activities.
College Junior 2011-03-17T16:28:23Z
The atmosphere of the dining halls is very nice, however the food is very poor with very limited variety from day to day. People often complain of the food making them sick.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T16:28:19Z
Not That Strict – As far as dorms go, RAs are pretty laid back about everything. You can sign up to three people into your dorm so it sucks if you want to have more people over, but there are ways to get around it. And they let you sign people in at any time of the day/night. If students do get out of hand and they know who those students are, they are reported to Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution but if not they just send out warning emails to the entire building. Overall authorities only intervene if you are being extremely crazy and belligerent
College Senior 2011-03-17T16:27:32Z
next to the ghetto, if you're not from around here you have to be careful
College Senior 2011-03-17T16:25:55Z
Good Quality and Variability – Students take Northeastern Dining for granted. Anyone who complains about it is forgetting that many schools assign items dollar values and students pay out of pocket for them. Northeastern's buffet-style allows students to eat as much as they want. They offer a lot of different choices at stations in the dining halls, especially at Stetson East and International Village. And with the addition of the smaller venues, like Rebecca's Kitchen and The West End, students get the opportunity to use a meal swipe on some very well-prepared food. The West End, particularly, is restaurant quality food- my new favorite spot.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T16:21:22Z
Not Very Strict – The police are pretty chill as long as you aren't being stupid although they like to bust parties that are located on The Hill. Rarely do people get arrested but you will get fined and have your weed taken away. The campus RA's aren't that bad. It is easy to have alcohol in the dorms and they warn you to hide everything before room checks. Anyone can stay in your dorm for as long as you want as long as they have an ID to get signed into but the max number of people you can sign into a building is 3. (there are ways to get around this)
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T16:18:18Z
Guys & Girls:
Boys and Girls – There a mixture of every type of person on campus. There are always chances to meet new people. I would say a lot of people are in relationships and a lot of people are just looking to have a good time. Also there are a lot of cute guys on campus. I am in engineering and most of the guys aren't that "dorky"
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T16:17:27Z
The perfect balance of academics, social life, and professional career experience. The co-op program is phenomenal and gives real meaning to your studies. You won't regret attending.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T16:15:31Z
There is a website online that gives a list of landlords that you can contact.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T16:14:30Z
Low Key – Peer pressure to do drugs, outside of alcohol, is low. The resident assistants (RAs) and campus security keep good tabs on the students in a non-overbearing way, preventing major incidents by responding to any sort of trouble immediately. Boston is a very "grown" town as well, in that once you're 21, there are more than plenty bars around the city to visit rather than stay in and drink in the dorms.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T16:10:27Z
Everything You Need – On campus housing is what you make of it. Yes, it's a bit pricey in general, but you're paying for convenience, an awesome location, and a top notch maintenance crew. Avoid randomly selecting a roommate though, if you can. Also, the West Village dorms are amazing, if you can afford them.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T15:36:12Z
Involvement Opportunities – Northeastern has so many different pathways to get involved around campus and to feel like a part of the university. The co-op program is fantastic but I personally feel like I have gotten the most experience in real life engineering by being a part of Engineers Without Borders. Many universities around the country have EWB Chapters but our chapter has been classified by EWB-USA as a premier chapter and rightfully so! We have projects in Honduras and Uganda and I have had the oppotunity to travel to Honduras to work on designing and implementing a water system bringing clean water to villagers in the area.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T15:29:47Z
SOME Good Teams – Northeastern has a good hockey team with good fan support but I really dont know a lot about the other sports teams at Northeastern.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-17T15:24:56Z
As a civil engineering major at Northeastern's College of Engineering I enjoy small classes with basically the same people for all 5 years. We get to know all of our professors from the college very well and form close bonds with them. The professors are very supportive. The workload is heavy but the co-op opportunities are great with generally good pay and experience.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-16T22:36:22Z
Financial aid is pretty good, but you have to your officer routinely. This works in your favor though, as the more they know the more opportunities they will send your way.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-16T22:34:54Z
Not Happening – When the weather gets particularly cold, snowy or rainy many students, especially off campus students who compromise half of the student body. However, the campus is a great and popular place to hang out when it's nice out.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-16T22:31:14Z
Boston Is Best – Boston is the best for night life.
In a couple short miles you can go from Alston indie to downtown clubbing and everything in between. Boston is not open late however, and the T closes around 12:30, as do most bars. House parties are still popular, but the Boston police tend well to those!
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-16T06:35:04Z
Barely Any – There is very little free parking around campus, and when you decide to get a permit, its expensive. Cars are also towed all the time due to Boston's weird street cleaning rules, so if you have a car you have to be mindful of that. If you live on or near campus, however, there is no need for a car. Everything is in walking distance or is served by some sort of public transit.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-16T06:32:07Z
Crowded During Finals and Midterms – The computers on campus are crowded during finals and midterms, but other than that they are usually accessible. The school seems to be making a big effort to make the entire campus completely wireless (almost all of which already is), and the new printing system is a lot more convenient than what was once in place.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-16T06:29:23Z
Great Place to Be – Boston is basically one large college campus due to the fact that there are so many schools in the area. At the same time, the city offers all the amenities of a large metropolitan area. There are restaurants, bars, museums, and parks everywhere. Because of all of these perks, however, the cost of living is incredibly high.
College Senior 2011-03-16T04:22:29Z
Greek life is a lot of fun at Northeastern. It's not as intense as it is in the South and only one fraternity has housing and none of the sororities do. Most people at Northeastern don't even know that Greek Life exists but the second you're a part of it you can have something to do every night and meet a ton of people. It's a lot of fun and I feel like we make a difference with everything we hold on campus and all the money we raise for our philanthropies.
College Senior 2011-03-16T04:14:30Z
Athletic and Campus Activities – The campus is beautiful. The athletic centers are really nice, but Club sports have a hard time getting spots there. The curry student center is nice. Not enough tables for everyone (so if you plan on doing serious studying for a long time go to the library). Most of the classrooms are nice, some of the buildings are older but still cute.
College Senior 2011-03-16T04:12:49Z
Health & Safety:
I have felt unsafe at times. Especially at night on Columbus and near the Fens and have heard of a few people getting mugged. The NU Police are good though, if you have a problem. They will bust up parties, even some off campus. So watch out.
College Junior 2011-03-16T03:04:12Z
Guys & Girls:
Many guys say girls at NU are stuck up and a lot are bitches, but you just have to hang out with the right crowd. Don't always go out with the same people and you'll always meet new people! NU is known for drunken hookups, but it's okay because now I'm dating mine...
College Junior 2011-03-16T01:50:10Z
Public Transportation is great. You can use the subway/buses to get almost anywhere in Boston, but they stop operating around 12:30AM. Once the subway stops, you need to take a cab if you're going far.
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