Welcome to the Department of City and Community Affairs at Northeastern University. We are the University’s primary liaison with neighborhood and community groups. You can find the latest information regarding community engagement and campus activities here.

Our Campus, Your City

Our faculty collects grants and other funding to solve urban issues such as city planning, building design, and anti-gang policing. Students that work with the Department of City and Community Affairs are actively engaged in community work, from cleaning up and beautifying local parks to coaching Little League teams from our surrounding neighborhoods.


Northeastern University is deeply engaged in urban life. We believe communities of people are what make the modern city so vibrant, particularly in our surrounding neighborhoods: Roxbury, Mission Hill, the Fenway, and the South End.

Click on the pictures to view upcomming events in your neighborhood!

News and Initiatives

The University is constantly seeking to strengthen its surrounding communities. With over 250 programs and services, we are here to better our neighborhood and become a true community partner in any way possible.

  • Alternative Spring Break 2017

    While spring break can be a time to relax and recharge, some students use it as an opportunity to volunteer, giving back to communities near and far through alternative spring break programs.
    Several campus organizations offer spring break service trips, including the Center of Community Service, which this year is providing 172 students and 16 staff members the opportunity to volunteer across the globe.
    The center has been offering these trips to students since 2003, and the 16 locations this year range from Pennsylvania and New York to Havana, Cuba, and San Marcos de Tarrazu, Costa Rica. This year, one group of students will be volunteering in Otavalo, Ecuador, some 4,700 miles from Boston.

  • The Future of Money

    Please join President Joseph E. Aoun and Venmo’s chief operating officer, Michael Vaughan, for a conversation about the future of money. Vaughan has been with Venmo since its early days when it was run out of a friend’s apartment in Philadelphia. Now the money sharing app processes nearly $20 billion a year.

  • Open Call for Artist Submissions at Northeastern Crossing

    Northeastern Crossing is looking to develop a pool of artists that we can draw from to display artwork on our walls. If you know artists who might be interested, please share the link below with them. The first round of submissions will be reviewed on January 4. There will be another this summer. There is no submission fee.



Northeastern University prides itself on engagement with Boston’s youth, seniors, public schools, and hardworking community organizations. We strive to make a positive difference at a very human level.

  • Schools

  • Non-profits

  • Community organizations and
    neighborhood associations

How can we help?

Our office is here to connect and support our neighbourhoods. Feel free to let us know how we can be of a resource for you:

  • Sponsor an event
  • Lend a venue
  • Make a contribution