Northeastern University supports a robust program of global activities and is committed to promoting the safety and security of university travelers.
Through programs, events and direct outreach, we can connect you with past and current co-op students in your location, as well as students who are headed there during your term! We can also connect you with area alumni that may have resources and suggestions. CONTACT US!
When students travel abroad individually, such as for co-op, study abroad, or research, they are generally responsible for selecting and arranging their own housing. Your co-op advisor and GEO may be able to help by providing information on where other NU students have previously done the same co-op. NUPD International Security Office can assist with assessing the safety of specific neighborhoods. However, the university does not screen, recommend, vouch for, or take responsibility for the condition or safety of housing arrangements made by students.
The following recommendations and guidance have been prepared to help students in their selection of accommodations
- When possible, students should seek out local housing through a local university or other reliable third party provider who might arrange homestays or other accommodations. Some on-ground providers include CIEE, MASA Israel. Consult with GEO or NUPD ISO for additional information and assistance.
- Ask your co-op employer for assistance or recommendations; check with your co-op adviser for places that students on that co-op have previously stayed; where possible talk to students who have done that co-op before you.
- “Couch Surfing” (the practice of moving from one house to another, sleeping in whatever spare space is available, floor or couch, generally staying a few days before moving on to the next house) is NOT an appropriate accommodation and is NOT Permitted.
- Home-sharing, such as Airbnb, Craigslist, HomeAway, etc., is strongly discouraged.
- Examine hotels or other resources, such as home-stays, carefully before selection.
Select Your Neighborhood
- Look for neighborhoods that offer proximity to place of study or work, and that are in communities that have adequate services, transportation, shops, police and health services appropriate to support your needs. (e.g., how would you get to work/school; where will you eat/buy food; is the transportation convenient, reliable, operating the hours you need it, cost effective, etc.);
- Google is always a good place to search. Check with local partners, as well as individuals who may have previously stayed in the area. Check with the U.S. Embassy in the area.
- NUPD ISO and the university’s response vendor, iJet WorldAware, can provide a neighborhood safety assessment.
Global Co-op Resources - Northeastern Global Experience Office
Global Co-op programs are unparalleled career opportunities with global companies and organizations, where students work on the front line in diverse cultures addressing the challenges of today’s global society. These types of opportunities are designed to enhance a student's career portfolio and prepare you to effectively lead and conduct business across communities around the globe. Find helpful resources from the Global Experience Office Below: