Recent Alumnus 2009-02-23T02:55:55Z
Dorm life varies greatly. Freshman dorms that rock are Stetson East and West, obviously because they have the cafeterias. Speare is good, too. The rest are too far away, so people forget about them. The best upperclassman dorms are all of the West Villages.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-23T02:51:50Z
The only sport worth going to is men's hockey. These games are filled with drunk Northeastern fans who have their faces painted and noise makers. Students who sit in the "Doghouse" will be surrounded by these crazy fans but are guaranteed a fun time. Intramural sports are good, too, but they are not as well known on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-22T23:12:16Z
It's not a dry campus. Campus police aren't anything to be worried about, but Boston PD will get involved in off-campus parties. Campus policies are definitely livable, and, for anyone who gets in trouble, the campus can laugh about it in our weekly crime log!
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-22T23:11:03Z
I love Northeastern. You have to get involved here, and you have to be a little outgoing. I am in a sorority, as well as three other student organizations, so I live in the student center from Monday through Friday, but I love it. NEU is up and coming and the best choice for a real education.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-22T23:08:58Z
Boston is a college town where we secretly all like to be better than the other colleges. But, Boston is also a city, so buy the Frommer's Guide to Boston as a freshman and do everything in the book there is to do.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-22T23:07:52Z
Parking is okay if you have a parking pass, which is a few hundred a semester. You can park on the street if you want to feed a meter. Parking is manageable, though. Freshmen can have a car, but don't bother-that's what your two feet and the MBTA are for.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-22T23:06:51Z
My typical Thursday, Friday, and Saturday have about five parties going on each night. Connors and Pour House are great for 21+, but there are tons of apartment parties. Once you get used to partying in the city with its small apartments and being buzzed in, it's a good time.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-22T23:03:49Z
Guys & Girls:
It's a very apathetic campus, where it seems 50 percent of the student body runs 100 percent of the University. People are relatively relaxed and laid back. There is zero pressure to dress up for class, although no one looks at you funny if you do. By the time you're a senior, you have already worked in the "real world" for about a year, so students know how to handle themselves as professionals. There are definitely good-looking guys and girls. I think it's a relatively outgoing campus, and there is always some one to hang out with.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-22T23:01:32Z
There is always a good eating establishment within a close walk. The best part about campus is that there are so many places to eat that you should never have to eat in the same place day after day. No one even bothers to drive for food because everything is so easily reached by foot! For pizza, there is Cappy's; for sandwiches, there is Temptations; for sushi, Symphony Sushi is a must; and for Thai, go to Pho & I. The options are endless, and you can spend $5 or you can spend $50. Everything is in walking distance, and if you want to go a little fancier, there are always options for that, too.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-22T05:26:56Z
The dorms are all pretty decent. I was in a forced triple as a freshman, but it's not much different than most of the other schools I've seen. Upperclassman housing is excellent-it's spacious and safe! My one suggestion is to obey the dorm rules-they are very important. Freshman year, the guys directly above our room left their window slightly open over spring break, so temperatures plummeted, and the pipes in their room froze, burst, and flooded their room, our room, and the room directly below us. It was miserable-I had to come back early from spring break to deal with it. However, NU was very responsive and helpful with the problem. They reimbursed me and my roommates for everything that was damaged in the flood and had our room fixed-new carpet, furniture, and walls-and good as new by the time classes resumed. So, read the posters and the fliers, and follow the rules.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-22T05:20:33Z
Two words: Get rainboots. It is freezing here in the winter, and the wind will blow you in every direction, but the worst thing in the world is sitting in class all day with wet feet-and you will. It may not seem like a big campus, but with the surprise factor of this weather, you are going to need need rainboots! My mom got me some freshman year, and to this day, three years later, I thank her every time it rains.
College Senior 2009-02-21T20:21:04Z
Hardcore drugs aren't really big on campus. Drinking and pot are more the norm.
College Senior 2009-02-21T20:20:25Z
The gym at Northeastern is very up to date and has everything from treadmills to weights to a rock-climbing machine. The student center is packed with fast food restaurants, including Taco Bell and Starbucks. The library has four floors-the top two floors being quiet floors if you really need to get your work done. The second floor is a also good place to get some work done and chat with friends.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-21T19:59:41Z
The T takes you pretty much anywhere you want to go. Not a lot of people have cars on campus because it is super expensive to park, and they really are not necessary.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-21T19:55:23Z
There are two T stops on campus and a few bus stops, too. After 12:30 a.m., you'll need to take a taxi because there's no public transportation, but it's always easy to find a cab. Boston's so small that it's never really expensive.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-21T19:54:11Z
It's really hard to get into because it's a small percentage of the students, and there's no Greek housing. It's not a big deal if you aren't in one, and you can probably still go to their parties. Greek life here is mostly about getting involved and doing activities, not partying, although they do do that too.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-21T19:52:11Z
Health & Safety:
There is a pretty big police presence on campus making sure everything's safe. It's the city, so you have to be careful, but I never really feel unsafe. Just keep your dorm room locked all the time to avoid theft, and don't leave stuff lying around.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-21T19:49:30Z
There are a ton of apartments around. And some are less expensive than dorms. So, if you want to get an apartment, you'll have no trouble finding one.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-21T19:47:36Z
You can't pick your dorm as a freshman, but after freshman year the nicest dorms are in West Village. Davenport also has really nice dorms, but they're really far away from everything.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-20T23:17:48Z
I love it here. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-20T23:02:41Z
Winter is the biggest concern. You need an umbrella and rain boots for NU winters. Also, bring coats for all types of weather-rain, snow, wind. Girls, bring sassy boots for going out at night in the winter-you have to walk everywhere, so your feet will get cold in regular shoes.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-20T22:59:17Z
Transportation is very good and convenient! There is the T, buses and cabs.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-20T22:58:08Z
It's very strict here. If you are caught distributing pot, you get deferred suspension.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-20T21:41:15Z
Unlike other campuses, the Greek life doesn't dominate student life. I mean, they hold a few campus events and throw parties, but that's just about it. They don't have the power that you see in movies, where they are the kings/queens of the campus-here, they basically just blend in. The only way you can tell is they tend to wear their frat colors. I never liked Greek life, so I never joined, and it's not a problem. I mean, there tends to be a couple of obnoxious frat guys around campus, but, for the most part, they act like normal college students, which is a plus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-20T21:37:29Z
The city is a dream come true for any college kid. The first advantage is you are surrounded by so many colleges and universities that you are always next to like-aged people. The next great thing is the fact that although it's a big city, it feels more like a small town when you compare it to places like LA or NYC. So, when you are off on your own for the first time, you are not overwhelmed by big-city life. Third, you can go anywhere in Boston on the public transportation. But beware: The T is not reliable all the time. The city closes early because of its old Puritan history, which is tough on college students, but that's the only problem. I mean, there is nearly a bar on every corner, restaurants of any kind everywhere, and, as an big Boston sports fan, I love the sports. You can go to Bruins and Celtics games, and you haven't lived unless you experience a game and Boston during baseball season!
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