Northeastern University has two vibrant city campuses in Boston and Seattle, both offering international students a stimulating environment for living and studying. Select your campus below to learn more about what to expect when you arrive.
Arriving in Boston
We are always here to help if you have any queries or concerns during your pathway program studies. Please get in touch to discuss anything to do with international student life at Northeastern University!
We are here to make your transition to student life in Boston a smooth and enjoyable experience. We can arrange your accommodations in a local guesthouse, and it will be ready for you to move into as soon as you arrive. If you are in the American Classroom program, we can also help you apply for on-campus student housing. We also run a week long arrival program that introduces you to the facilities and resources available at the University.
During the semester, we plan activities on- and off-campus to help you become part of Boston’s thriving student community.
Your English Conversation Partner
We run a weekly conversation partner program that matches our international students with American students at the University. It’s one of our most popular programs, and a great way for you to gain confidence in speaking English and make new friends.
On and off-campus activities
A team of former Pathways students is available to help you find your way around the University campus and the city of Boston. They have had similar experiences to you and are here to help you settle in!
Pathway program students can choose from a wide range of high-quality accommodations in Boston. We provide accommodation options to suit all needs and budgets.
On-campus student residence halls
- available for Fall term intake
- open to students in the American Classroom program on a first come, first serve basis
- directly on campus, close to all University facilities
- suite-style rooms with shared bedrooms and bathroom
- meal plan required for all on-campus residents
Off-campus housing options
International Guest House
- located the fashionable neighborhood of Back Bay
- fully furnished shared room / semi-private bath
- breakfast and dinner daily
- steps to the subway – 15-20 minutes travel to campus
- fully furnished shared apartment 10 minutes from campus
- single or twin room
- fully equipped kitchen available
- Wi-Fi internet access
Download a brochure to learn more about available accommodations.
Campus social life
With over 400 student organizations on campus for you to choose from, there is little chance of getting bored during your spare time at Northeastern.
You will find a great range of cafés and food markets on campus. Off campus, Boston also hosts a vibrant café culture. Wherever you are in Boston you will be able to sit back and enjoy a coffee or meal with your friends.
Downtown Boston is just 3 miles (5 km) from Logan International Airport, which is well-served by major American and international airlines.
Walking or cycling
Central Boston is a compact area that is easy to get around on foot. 13% of commuters are classified as pedestrians, making Boston one of the highest proportion of pedestrian commuters in America. No wonder Boston is known as “the walking city!”
Cycling is also encouraged, and the Hubway bike share scheme means that bikes are conveniently located in popular areas.
Rail and subway
Boston is home to the oldest subway system in America. To make travelling around the city easy and affordable, we recommend purchasing a travel pass called “Charlie Card”. Check the MBTA website for more information on transportation within Boston City.
The city also has excellent Amtrak rail connections to New York City, Washington, D.C, Maine and Vermont.
Boston sports and outdoor activities
Boston is the home of classic American sports. Students can walk from campus to watch a baseball game at the Red Sox’s historic Fenway Park, or cheer on the Boston Bruins in an exciting ice hockey match. Alternatively, you may decide to support the NFL Football New England Patriots or the NBA Basketball Boston Celtics.
If you are more interested in participating in a sport, there is a wide variety of parks where you can play soccer or go for a run.
If you need a longer break from your studies, you can take advantage of the excellent rail connections between Boston and Vermont to go hiking or skiing. You can also practice your sailing in Boston Harbor or historic Plymouth, just 40 miles (64km) south of Boston.
Students can shop at the upscale Prudential and Copley Place malls, which are within walking distance from the center. Both shopping centers are connected by a footbridge that spans the busy Huntington Avenue. For bargain hunters, the city is surrounded by 3 large outlet malls, easily accessed by public transportation.
International students find it easy to stay in touch with their family overseas, as they are never far from a telephone or internet cafe in Boston. There are also many banks and post offices in central Boston to choose from.
History and culture
One of the oldest cities in the country, Boston has a rich history that dates back to the early 17th century and boasts a wealth of cultural attractions unrivalled in the United States.
Visit the attractive 19th century Quincy Market or North End, take in the amazing collections of the Boston Public Library or a world-class exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts. The Boston Public Garden is the perfect place for a casual stroll, while the Boston Freedom Trail is a great way to get some exercise while exploring some of the city’s historic sites.
Arriving in Seattle
We want your stay in Seattle to be a safe, secure, and enjoyable one. Our team is on hand to ensure that you feel at home as soon as you arrive in the USA. We’re dedicated to ensuring that you are comfortable throughout your studies, and we will offer advice and guidance about settling into life in the city. We can arrange accommodations, and provide you with in-depth orientation for your program and the city.
Improving your English language skills
If you need to improve your English to qualify for the master’s preparation program, we can help! Our Pre-Sessional English classes are suited to the needs of individual students – providing flexible intensive tuition in small classes that will help you improve your spoken and /or written English language skills, focusing on your greatest areas of need.
Experienced university preparation teachers
You will receive a quality education at Northeastern’s Seattle campus. Our experienced staff are on hand to help you develop your academic skills, and writing and presentation abilities. They will encourage you to develop a disciplined and effective study habit before progressing to your master’s degree at Northeastern.
Northeastern’s Seattle campus is located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, home to a wide variety of tech companies and innovative businesses.
The location of the campus is a major benefit to students planning to taking part in the university’s innovative co-op program. We will support you in finding and applying for excellent work opportunities on the west coast that will aid you in your transition to the job market.
Northeastern University’s Seattle Graduate Campus opened in January 2013, and offers students a range of industry-aligned master’s degree preparation programs and master’s degrees.
Choose from the following master’s degree programs at the Seattle campus:
- Master’s in Analytics (MPS)*
- Master’s in Computer Science
- Master’s in Informatics (MPS)*
- Master’s in Information Systems
- Master’s in Project Management (MPS)*
Duration: 1 or 2 term Global Pathways programs. *Also available for direct entry admission.
Scholarships: Partial Global Pathways program tuition scholarships available for outstanding students
Living and studying in Seattle is an exciting opportunity for students looking to experience a new culture and lifestyle. We will handle all your accommodation needs and provide you with high-quality accommodation options that are modern, comfortable and safe.
Just 1 block from Seattle’s world-famous Space Needle, Vermont Inn features furnished studio apartments with kitchenettes. Common spaces include a business center, rooftop deck and interior courtyard.
- WiFi, television, and telephone
- Kitchenettes with microwave and refrigerator
- Laundry room and vending machines
- 24-hour staffing with secured entry
Download a brochure to learn more about available accommodations.
Seattle is a fantastic place for international students to live and study. Located on the west coast of the USA, it is a coastal seaport city, the largest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the fastest-growing in the US.
We look forward to welcoming you to the campus.
Here are just a few points of interest about the city:
The main airport in the area is Seattle Tacoma International Airport (locally nicknamed ‘Sea-Tac’). It is located in the Puget Sound area, just 15 miles from downtown Seattle., and serves both domestic and international flights. You can travel to and from the airport by taxi, public transport systems or shared van. The Central Link light rail will take you from the airport to downtown Seattle in just 35 minutes.
Transportation in Seattle
The city has many transportation options available for visitors – from shuttle buses to car rentals, taxis and public transportation. When you first arrive in the city it is advisable to carry a street map to help you navigate, then once you have become familiar with the city’s grid layout system it will be easy to find your way around.
- To travel along the west coast, the Amtrak train service runs three trains a day between Seattle and Portland.
- Light rail and local/regional buses have connections across downtown Seattle. There is also a modern streetcar line connecting downtown Seattle to South Lake Union.
Explore the city
Seattle is a fantastic place to be a student. There are a number of historical, cultural and recreational opportunities to enjoy in the city – from markets and shopping districts, to tours and popular tourist attractions.
- Space Needle: Seattle’s most iconic landmark offers a fantastic way to see the entire city from one spot. Visitors can experience fantastic 360° views of the city from the observation deck at the top of the 605 ft tall attraction. The Space Needle also includes the SkyCity revolving restaurant.
- Pike Place Market: The oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the United States is located in downtown Seattle, overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. Pike Place Market is known for its seafood and produce stands, and is home to the famous fish market, as well as the first-ever Starbucks coffee shop. It makes a great destination to explore.
- Museums: Seattle is home to a number of excellent museums. Downtown you will find the renowned Seattle Art Museum, which showcases art from around the world, and The Henry Art Gallery, one of the biggest contemporary art galleries in Washington state. In the Central District there is the Seattle Asian Art Museum, focusing on Chinese & Japanese Art, and the Frye Art Museum, featuring a small collection of paintings by German artists.
- Shopping: Downtown Seattle is the retail hub where you can find Westlake Center mall on Pine St (downtown), or Westfield SouthCenter Mall. Both offer numerous retail outlets selling a variety of items, as well as restaurants and food courts. Transport to and from both malls is easy – beneath the Westlake Center mall is an underground tunnel for buses and the light rail, and the SouthCenter mall is serviced by the #150 bus from downtown.
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Seattle’s outdoor activities
Known as the “Emerald City,” scenic Seattle is full of parks and outdoor spaces with a number of relaxing and picturesque spots.
- Discovery Park is the largest city park in Seattle. Its wildlife sanctuary is one of the best places in the city to see birds and marine mammals. It is also an ideal place to kite ride, play sports and take in the breathtaking views of the Cascade and Olympia Mountain ranges.
- The Waterfront in Seattle offers amazing views of the city. It is an area of parks, piers, promenades and public spaces, and offers visitors an array of sights and tastes. The city is known for its seafood restaurants and Asian cuisine, and the waterfront has an eclectic selection. Highlights along the waterfront include Seattle Aquarium, Olympic Sculpture Park and Seattle Art Museum.
- Walking and cycling in Seattle offers a fun way to explore the city. Seattle is built on 7 adjacent hills, and its varied terrain is ideal for biking and jogging. There are also extensive bicycle trails and lanes mapped in Google Maps.
Live and study among top companies
The Seattle campus is located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, home to several well-known tech companies and innovative businesses, including Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Nordstrom and Expedia. It is a great location for students looking to gain valuable employment opportunities in a bustling economic epicenter.