Northeastern University is conveniently located in the heart of Boston, 6.5 miles from Boston Logan International Airport with access to multiple subway and bus on the main campus. Area attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, Fenway Park, and many shopping and dining destinations. The Northeastern Campus has multiple à la carte dining options as well as two convenience stores. Additional grocers and pharmacies are located within a ten minute walk from campus.


Northeastern University is centrally located among the following three stops of the MBTA subway system: the Green Line E “Northeastern” stop, the Green Line E “Museum of Fine Arts” stop, and the Orange Line “Ruggles” stop.


Click here for driving directions from the airport, or via multiple highways that will bring you to the center of campus.

Arrival & Departure Information

Checking in

Please refer to your group’s confirmation notice to determine the location of your assigned summer conference building. Proceed to the lobby of your assigned summer conference building and follow the signage and instructions of conference program staff who will guide you to the check-in area.

Checking in late or early? Early arrivals and/or late departures (up to 24 hours) must be arranged through your group’s coordinator and External Events and Conference Programs staff. If your group has not made arrangements to allow early arrivals or late departures, conference staff will refer you to an area hotel.

If you have previously communicated your late or early arrival, inform the front desk proctor that you are there to check-in and they will have a staff member paged. The conference staff will check if a room is available. Please note that if your room is not ready, we are unable to store luggage for you.

Checking out

Simply drop your conference card in a lock box in the lobby of your building, return it to a staff member or return it to your group’s organizer.

Lost or damaged cards will incur a $25 replacement fee that will be billed to your group’s organizer. Cards must be returned upon check-out/departure.

Building & Room Access

Upon check-in, you will receive a conference (access) card that is non-transferable and pin-code. It is imperative that you keep your conference card with you at all times; this card signals that you are authorized to be on our campus.

Building Access

You must show your conference card at the proctor station every time you seek to gain access to the building. The proctor will swipe or tap the card to ensure you are cleared for access

Room Access

  1. Tap your Conference Card against the keypad of the door to your assigned apartment
  2. Wait for the “SCHLAGE” button at the top to flash green, then red
  3. Enter your 4-digit PIN, and then # (provided upon check-in)
  4. Press the “#” button
  5. Wait for the “SCHLAGE” button to flash green
  6. Turn the door handle to access your room

Troubleshooting Tips If the “SCHLAGE” button does not light up at step 2, wait 10 seconds before restarting the procedure from step 1.

Locked out or Forget your pin?

If you are locked out of your room or building, please notify a conference staff member. If a staff member is not readily available, the proctor in the foyer of your residence hall can have them paged.

Space Rental Policies

Northeastern University requires any external entity using Northeastern facilities to have a formal, written contract that specifies the terms and conditions of use of University facilities. Insurance coverage is also required for events, event venues, vendors, caterers, suppliers, and contractors. For more information, click here.

Community Standards

What to expect from our residence halls

Beds will be made upon arrival. Additionally, participants will have bath towels, hand towels, and a face cloth. Northeastern’s state-of-the-art residence halls offer air conditioning, laundry facilities, secure access control and 24-hour proctored front desks as well as complimentary Wi-Fi internet. All bedrooms have windows with standard mini-blinds.

Because of the short term nature of most group stays, the following services are not standard offerings: daily room cleaning, mail/package delivery, landline phone service.

What to bring, and what NOT to bring

Suggested items to bringProhibited items
Additional toiletries and personal itemsWindow air conditioners
Hair dryerSun lamps
Additional blanket, rooms are fully air-conditioned and can get chilly!Space heaters
Alarm clockHalogen lamps/bulbs
Electric percolators (exposed coil heating elements)
Electric frying pans/griddles
Hot plates
Toaster ovens*
Microwave ovens*
Electric cooking equipment
Indoor/Outdoor decorative lights
Lava lamps
Weightlifting equipment

Alcohol & Drugs

In Massachusetts, an individual must be 21 years of age to possess and consume alcohol. The University expects that all of its program participants abide by this law and abide by University regulations concerning alcohol and drug use.

Possession and consumption of alcohol is limited to individuals of legal age in a private apartment or bedroom within a residence hall. All occupants of a private bedroom or apartment where alcohol is being consumed must be of legal age. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in all residence hall common areas.


Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day. Stereos, radios, televisions, musical instruments, and all conversations must be kept to levels that will not interfere with other participants’ ability to function or sleep. Participants who encounter a noise problem may contact an External Events and Conference Programs staff member who will assist in addressing the situation.


Conference participants are not allowed to sign in guests unless pre-approved by your group’s organizer and External Events and Conference Programs staff. If you are unsure whether your group has guest privileges, check with your group’s organizer before attempting to sign in a guest.

If your group has guest privileges, you must sign in your guest at the proctor station. Your guest must provide a government-issued photo ID and must be accompanied by you at all times while in the residence hall. Guests are not permitted to stay overnight and must depart the residence hall by midnight. Failure to do so will result in additional charges that will be billed to the group.

Participants under the age of 18 and their chaperones are not permitted to sign in guests at any time. All persons requesting access to buildings occupied by minors must have a background check on file and must be a registered conference participant or Northeastern University employee.

If parents or guardians will assist minors with their arrival and departure, arrangements must be made in advance with the EECP conference coordinator.


Trash should be removed from individual rooms frequently. Each residence hall has trash disposal locations. Please consult the signage in the lobby or hallways to find the disposal location nearest to you.

Dangerous Weapons

Possession or use of items that could be used to harm or threaten another individual is prohibited. Those items include, but are not limited to pepper spray or mace, switchblades, knives, fake guns, tazers, BB guns, fireworks, ammunition, nunchaka (karate sticks), explosive devices, or firearms.


Fireworks of all kinds are considered explosive agents by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They are illegal and their use is prohibited.

Safety & Security

Safety and security is a top priority for Summer Conference Programs participants. All residence hall lobbies are equipped with CCTV surveillance cameras that are monitored by both the Public Safety Operations Center and the Residential Safety Office supervisors.

Guidelines for Safety

Maintaining a secure conference building depends on cooperation from the entire community. Follow these guidelines and use common sense for a safe and rewarding stay at Northeastern:

  • Close and lock your door(s) and window(s) when you leave your room, even if you plan to be gone for a short time.
  • Report all suspicious activity, thefts and other crimes to University police immediately.
  • Never sign strangers or anyone for whom you are not willing to be responsible into your building.
  • Immediately report any disturbances on campus or in the city streets to University police.

In the event of a fire

If you witness a fire, sound an alarm at the nearest pull station. Pull stations are located on each floor of every residence hall near the exits. The door of your room or apartment has a detailed evacuation route for fires and other building emergencies. Please take a moment to reference this document.

At the sound of an alarm, move quickly and quietly to your closest exit, including the alarmed emergency exits. Close doors behind you as you leave. In an orderly fashion, follow the direction of conference staff, NUPD, or Fire Department officials and wait for further instructions. If possible, wear a coat and shoes and carry a towel to use in case of smoke. Keep these items easily accessible for emergency use along with your keys and conference card since it may be several hours before you are permitted to re-enter the building.

A number of residence halls at Northeastern utilize fire escapes as an alternative means of egress. Access to fire escapes is through dedicated windows. Fire escape windows must be kept clear. No furniture, air conditioners or other personal effects are to be placed so as to restrict access to the fire escape window.

Fire Safety Reminders:

  • Do not allow trash to accumulate.
  • Do not dispose of cigarettes in wastebaskets. Smoking is prohibited on campus.
  • The use of candles or other open flames is prohibited in residence halls.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets or use prohibited devices. Such devices include:
    • Window air conditioners
    • Sun lamps
    • Space heaters
    • Halogen lamps/bulbs
    • Electric percolators (exposed coil heating elements)
    • Electric frying pans/griddles
    • Hot plates
    • Toaster ovens
    • Microwave ovens
    • Electric cooking equipment
    • Indoor/Outdoor decorative lights
    • Grills
    • Lava lamps
    • Weightlifting equipment

In the event of an emergency

In case of emergency or crisis situations that require immediate notification, summer conference participants may subscribe to the NU Alert System, which sends email, voicemail and text messages to subscribed participants. The alert system is intended to communicate pertinent information and, when appropriate, provide directions to those in the affected area(s). Summer conference participants may subscribe to this service to receive alerts by registering here. Be sure to select the “Summer 2020 Events” group when registering.

EMERGENCY for NU Police Department:
Non-Emergency Contact for NU Police Department:
Residential Safety Office:


ADA Compliance

The Office of External Events and Conference Programs is committed to providing appropriate accommodations and resources to persons with disabilities, nursing mothers as well as individuals requiring certain medically-necessary provisions. Arrangements should have been made with your group’s coordinator and conference staff in advance of your arrival. For any questions, please speak with a staff member at the Hospitality Desk or have one paged by the proctor.