First Year Students

Congratulations on your acceptance into Northeastern. Now you probably want to know where you will be living on campus.

Northeastern offers a range of housing options, including theme housing and learning communities. For more information on our Living and Learning Communities visit our Living and Learning Experience page.

Use the navigation bar to the right to learn all about Northeastern University's Housing & Residential Life program.

First Year Traditional Residence Halls

  • Majority are double-occupancy rooms, triple-occupancy rooms also available
  • Eleven coed residence halls
  • One hundred to seven hundred students per hall
  • Dining halls located in three convenient locations
  • Commons study areas available in most residence halls
  • All freshmen residence halls are smoke-free
  • Limited number of single rooms may be available (usually reserved for medical reasons. You must indicate this preference on the residence hall application)

First Year Assignment Notification

  • All housing/assignment related materials will be sent electronically to your HUSKY e-mail account. The first round of room assignments will be sent out in mid-June. Check regularly for updates throughout the summer.

Residency Requirement

All freshman and sophomore students are required to live on campus while taking classes or on a co-op assignment in the Boston area. The residency requirement in place at Northeastern has been developed over time and with consideration. Research has shown that first and second year students who live in residence halls build closer relationships with faculty, staff and their peers; become more involved; and are generally more satisfied with their overall university experience. The policy is in place due to the significant link between academic success and on-campus living. 

Residency Requirement Waiver Process

This process indicates that you wish to appeal the residency requirement for first and second year students for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Residency Waivers are only given to students with extenuating circumstances that can provide documentation to support their waiver request. Housing Services collaborates with many campus partners to make the most informed decision possible, in order to support our students and the mission of the university. Please note the following are not acceptable reasons for exemption:


-              Roommate conflict

-              Signed an off-campus lease

-              Room preference not available during the housing selection process


If you wish to submit a Residency Waiver, please email and include your Name, NUID, reason for request, term you wish to begin waiver, and any supporting documentation to the Residency Waiver Review Committee.