Room Regulations

Policies and Procedures

Students are expected to know Northeastern’s policies and procedures and the rules and regulations that govern housing at Northeastern. If you violate a rule or policy, you are subject to disciplinary action, which may include eviction from campus housing, suspension from the University or criminal prosecution. Below are some of the most commonly asked about room policies. For a detailed outline of the policies, please refer to the Guide to Residence Hall Living 2015-2016 (PDF).

Room Policies

Below are some of the most commonly asked about room policies. For a detailed outline of the policies, please refer to the Guide to Residence Hall Living 2015-2016 (PDF).

Electrical appliances

Rooms in residence halls: TVs, computers, radios, clocks, stereos, fans, electric razors, hair dryers and heating pads are permitted in student rooms. Air conditioners may be rented for University-owned facilities during summer. Compact refrigerators and micro-fridges are allowed only in appropriately wired halls. The following items are not allowed in rooms: sun lamps, space heaters, halogen lamps, electric percolators, frying pans and all other electric cooking equipment including hot plates, toaster ovens, microwave ovens, decorative lights, waterbeds and weightlifting equipment.

Apartments: The same appliances allowed in halls, above, are permitted in apartments. In addition, apartment residents may have toaster ovens, coffee makers and microwave ovens.

Extension cords

Minimize the use of electrical cords, make sure that all cords bear the UL trademark and never plug an electrical device with a thick cord into a thinner extension cord. Do not run cords under rugs or across doorways. Do not overload extension cords.

Noise

Noise must not interfere with students’ study or sleep. Residents who encounter a persistent problem should contact their RA. Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday and 1:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday.

Residential public space

Public space consists of main lobbies and common areas. It does not include floor lounges or areas inaccessible to nonresidents. Requests to use public space must be made to your RD at least one week before the desired date.

Roommate bill of rights agreement

This document outlines the basic rights and responsibilities of students living in Northeastern housing. Each resident must read and sign the agreement. Staff members will help mediate any conflicts.

Visitors and overnight guests

Residents must sign in and accompany their guests at all times and are responsible for their actions. Guests must be friends or relatives of about college age. You may have no more than three visitors signed in at a time and they may only stay in the building up to three consecutive nights in a week. Roommates must work out their own arrangements for visitors; if you cannot agree, seek a staff member for help. Guests must bring a photo ID along with them in order to be signed in to their residence hall. Guests are not allowed past the Proctor Station without being signed in with a valid photo ID.

  • Children under the age of sixteen are prohibited from staying overnight in the residence halls, but are allowed to visit during daytime hours as long as they are with a parent or guardian.
  • Guests are allowed to stay up to three consecutive nights with their guest. Please reference the guest policy for more information.

For more information on Northeastern University policies, please visit the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR)

 


Guest Policy

Many families choose to visit their student throughout the course of the academic year. By reviewing the following information, you will be better prepared when you come to campus. Make plans with your student prior to visiting campus and discuss the date and time of your visit and where you will meet. This will reduce any miscommunication and give your student an opportunity to share with roommates your arrival.

  • Bring a photo ID along with you if you wish to visit your student in their residence hall. Guests are not allowed past the Proctor Station without being signed in with a valid photo ID.
  • Children under the age of sixteen are prohibited from staying overnight in the residence halls, but are allowed to visit during daytime hours as long as they are with a parent or guardian.
  • Guests are allowed to stay up to three consecutive nights with their guest. Please reference the guest policy for more information.
  • Pets are prohibited in the residence halls, so if you choose to bring Fido make sure they have a place to stay while you are visiting if you choose to enter a residence hall.