Living on- and off-campus

Northeastern University Housing and Residential Life provides in-depth information for on-campus and off-campus housing.

Upperclass students, graduate students, and scholars interested in off-campus housing will find that rent will be your greatest expense when living in Boston. Many students live with roommates and choose to use the T (subway) to get to/from Northeastern. The University Housing and Residential Life’s Your Guide to Living Off-Campus covers useful topics for off-campus renting. The Off-Campus Student Services office is a great resource for students searching for off-campus apartments.

The College of Engineering Graduate Admissions Support Center provides a guide of rental costs in the Boston area.

Summer storage

You may want to store your belongings over the summer. There are various options in Boston with different price levels based on convenience, storage type, and amount of storage you need including:

  • Lazy Bones: The company has a laundry service as well as storage. The storage service includes pick up, storage, and delivery. (The price is based on the number of boxes and the size of each box)
  • Storage Squad: You receive the boxes and packaging tape for free! The service includes pick up, storage, and delivery. However, you will need to carry the boxes to the truck yourself. (The price is based on the number of boxes and the size of each box)

Telephone and internet service

If you buy a cell phone, you may be asked for a Social Security Number. If you do not have one and are not eligible for one, you may be asked to pay a security deposit. The amount of the deposit varies according to the provider. There are alternatives to avoid the Social Security Number or deposit requirement. One is to buy a prepaid mobile phone or to make international calls through an online service.

Northeastern University is wired for Internet. Northeastern Information Technology Services explains how to make use of Internet facilities on campus. If you live off campus, you will need to contact and sign a contract with a local cable/Internet provider. Northeastern University’s Housing and Residential Life site has the details.

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