The housing options vary each semester depending on availability. There are, however, numerous housing options, both on- and off- campus, available to international students. Please review the information below as you consider your time in Boston.
On-campus housing is not guaranteed for exchange students, and is based on a competitive lottery. To be considered for placement in on-campus housing, you must select interest in on-campus housing in your application to the exchange program. Not all students who indicated they are interested in living on campus will be selected for this, as there is a lottery system for the limited spots available.
That said, we encourage students to consider living on-campus, as it is a unique part of the American collegiate experience. Residence hall applications will be provided to those who have indicated interest in on-campus housing and have been chosen as part of the lottery, and should be submitted as soon as possible.
Housing applications received after the application deadline are at risk of not being accommodated. It is typical in American residence halls to share a room or bathroom with others. Most on-campus accommodation for incoming exchange students are double rooms, with a shared bathroom. Depending on your housing assignment, you may or may not be required to purchase a meal plan based on kitchen(ette) accessibility. The automatic number of meals per week on the meal plan is 15, however many exchange students opt for a smaller plan of only 10 meals per week so that they can explore the different restaurant offerings Boston has! Students who are not required to purchase a meal plan, but wish to do so can opt-in to one of the options offered by NU Dining Services.
GRADUATE (MASTER'S) STUDENTS: On campus accommodation for graduate students is not available for graduate (master's) exchange students.
The market for off-campus housing in close proximity to the University is very competitive. Allow ample time to find an apartment that best suits your needs; this process can take several weeks. We encourage you to begin researching your options now, and utilize the helpful international student housing guide. For assistance with the process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org upon acceptance to the program.
Lightview is a popular alternative to on campus housing for Northeastern students given its proximity to campus.
Other Off-Campus Dormitories such as International Guest House and ESL Townhouse could be another good option for exchange students.
Co-living can be a great option for students who are looking for a furnished apartment, flexible lease terms and amenities included in one monthly rate. These are generally private rooms in shared apartments. We know of NU students and exchange students specifically who have worked with PlaceMe AND their parent company coliving.com
Boston does not have many one-bedroom or studio apartments (meaning the ones that do exist are incredibly expensive), so most students and young professionals find shared apartments to keep housing affordable. Even most of the staff working at GEO have shared apartments! Rent (before utilities) usually averages $1000 US Dollars per month for a shared apartment - depending on the number of roommates, location, age and amenities of the apartment, you may pay more or less.
Although you may see apartment listings posted on Facebook and Craigslist, please beware that there are a lot of scams - do NOT sign a lease or send any money without first seeing the apartment in person. We recommend you work with our Off Campus Services Office to help secure an apartment, if you do not choose one of the recommended options listed above. https://www.northeastern.edu/offcampus/
Students who arrive in Boston without having established their living arrangements will need to find short-term lodging.