Boston is a great city for walking and biking. The benefit of living in an urban setting is the easy access to major attractions using Boston’s bus and subway system called the T, short for MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority). Visit for detailed information on Charlie Cards options. A monthly pass gives you unlimited access to subway and local bus routes.

As the home to a major international airport and one of the nation’s busiest train stations, Boston is well-situated for all of your travels.

Northeastern University Office of Environmental and Health Safety lists different eco-friendly transportation modes. Some transit possibilities:


Boston is a safe city although there is occasional crime, as in all populated areas. Please check with the Northeastern University Police Department for special concerns or questions.

Northeastern University Police Department numbers

  • NON-EMERGENCY: 617-373-2121
  • EMERGENCY: 617-373-3333

Northeastern has NU ALERT, a service that allows the administration to reach all students and staff with time-sensitive information during unforeseen events or emergencies. The system uses voice, e-mail, and text messaging to broadcast pertinent information and, when appropriate, provide directions. Your myNortheastern information is your link to NU ALERT, so please keep your information up-to-date.

General safety tips for walking and exercising:

  • Avoid walking or jogging alone (especially at night)
  • Use well-lit, familiar streets. (Never take poorly lit shortcuts through alleyways or wooded areas)
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid using cell phones or listening to music with headphones. (Plan your route and walk confidently)

Northeastern’s Public Safety Division provides an on-campus personal safety escort service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Call the Northeastern University Police Department at 617-373-2121 and give them your name, Northeastern identification number, and location.

Public Safety also provides an off-campus shuttle, the Red-Eye, when you leave campus to return to your off-campus apartment from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. This university-operated hourly shuttle departs from the Snell Library on the hour, starting at 7:00 p.m. The shuttle is free and provides service to student residences in a one-and-a-half-mile radius of campus. Exceptions will be made under emergency situations only. Call 617-373-2121 to schedule an escort pick-up.

The Northeastern University Police Department also offers assistance with all areas of campus and personal safety, including sexual assault and harassment, identity theft, and online safety. Register your laptop with the STOP Theft Registration here.