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Housing and Dining

Northeastern’s Oakland campus gives you a home base that will connect you with the people and resources in the Bay Area that will help you flourish. Students will find a range of safe and secure housing options, from traditional residence halls to specialty apartments, all set on a beautiful 135-acre residential campus.

To ensure students have a positive residential experience, our Office of Housing and Residential life is responsible for fostering a safe, inclusive, and supportive community in which residents develop interpersonal skills and respect for self and others. They also create co-curricular programming that supports academic success and personal interests.

University Housing

Undergraduates who enter as first-year students in Oakland through fall admission will live in university housing during their first and second years unless a global or co-op experience takes them away from campus. Students who choose to continue their studies in Oakland for the remainder of their program and who meet annual housing application and deposit deadlines will have guaranteed university housing in Oakland for four years.

Students who choose to transition to the Boston campus for their second year will be guaranteed one year of university housing in Boston for their second year. University housing in Boston for students in their third year and beyond is limited and on a space-available basis. These students live in a mix of university and off-campus housing or participate in co-op, study abroad, or learning opportunities outside of Boston.

First-year residential experience

First-year undergraduate students typically live in traditional style residence halls, sharing common spaces with peers. Students build strong connections that help them adjust to college life, explore campus, and experience the Bay Area and beyond.

All first-year students participate in a Living Learning Community (LLC). An LLC brings students together around an academic major, academic theme, or personal interest. This enables students to form relationships within their living group through common topics and passions. LLCs connect your residential experience with academic life supported by various co-curricular events and activities throughout the year.

Students will receive communication in spring 2023 when they can express their LLC preferences, which will inform housing placement.


Our campus dining options feature local ingredients, authentic flavors, and farm-fresh produce (including some harvested from the Mills community farm). Guests can enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining at Founders Commons, featuring a variety of rotating menu items including vegan and vegetarian options, a fresh salad bar, and traditional student favorites. The Tea Shop features a café market-style experience with a coffee bar, made-to-order deli, and a changing selection of hot entrées. At Café Suzie, students can stop in for grab-and-go snacks and beverages, grocery items, and school pride merchandise.

Students dine at table at Founders Common

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