Arrive in the United States

As a new international student, you should arrive by the start date of your program stated on the I-20 issued by Northeastern or on the DS-2019 issued by Northeastern or by your sponsoring organization.

Remember to:

  • Arrive no earlier than 30 days prior to the arrival date on your I-20 or DS-2019
  • Arrive no later than the arrival date written on your I-20 or DS-2019
  • Register your arrival on campus
  • Join the Office of Global Services for an orientation to the Northeastern University campus and life in Boston.

Arrival details 

for Boston

for Seattle

What to pack:

Global Student Mentor (GSM) recommendations

What's in a Boston Northeastern University dormitory room?

What Boston Northeastern dormitory rooms usually include:

  • Twin XL bed with mattress
  • Two medium size drawers
  • Integrated closet
  • Desk and Chair
  • Desk shelf
  • Side board for bed

Some housing requires you to share a bathroom with the residents living on the same floor (e.g. Stetson, Speare, White). In other dorms, you have a bathroom to share with up to three other people (e.g. International Village, East Village, Kennedy).

What to bring from home

What you should bring with you from home:

  • Travel documents described in F student visas or J student visas
  • Evidence of the vaccinations you have received (you will need these for your health plan!)
  • Favorite clothing
  • Winter coat, boots ,and accessories (gloves, scarves, hats)
  • Supply of medications you take
  • Contact lenses/glasses if needed
  • Electronics – laptop, phone, camera, iPads, iPod
  • Adapters (i.e. EU to USA)

What you should buy in the United States:

  • Converters for electronic devices
  • Comforter/duvet (a fleece blanket!)
  • Twin XL sheet set
  • One or two pillows
  • Memory foam mattress pad
  • Towels
  • Trash can and bags
  • Mirror
  • Desk lamp
  • Bulletin board
  • Laundry bag, detergent
  • Shower caddy (a little basket for your toiletries). You will be sharing the bathroom showers with other people, so this is really useful.
  • Clothes hangers
  • Over-the-door hooks (great for your winter coat)
  • Desk organizer
  • School supplies
  • Toiletries

What you might want to buy in the United States:

  • Rug
  • Hair dryer, hair curler/straighteners
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Handheld vacuums (large vacuum cleaners can be borrowed from the Residential Assistant Office)
  • Boxes for under-the-bed storage 
  • Printer
  • Refrigerator

Please use the Housing and Residential Life website for more details of what to bring to campus.

Microwaves are not allowed in Northeastern dorm rooms. Refrigerators are allowed and may be purchased on your own.  If you would like a microwave and a fridge, you have the option of renting or buying a “MicroFridge.” These are accepted by Northeastern. Where to buy?

  1. CVS for toiletries, personal care, medication
  2. Target for everything except bedding (shop online and pick up at store is an option)
  3. Bed, Bath and Beyond for bedding (shop online and pick up at store is an option)
  4. Best Buy for electronic supplies