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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.

Download the Guide to Residence Hall Living (PDF) for the Oakland campus.

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.

This year’s Living Learning Communities will focus on the following interest areas:

Food security and sustainability

Food security and sustainability, and its connection to environmental stewardship, social justice, community building, and public policy, will be explored in this LLC. You’ll have opportunities to connect with faculty and staff committed to sustainability and meet with local leaders in the movement as you explore careers in food sustainability. Students will visit local sustainability organizations; and generate ideas for launching new companies to solve local food challenges while helping shape Northeastern Oakland’s sustainability efforts.

Health and wellness

Mental health and well-being are critical concerns globally, particularly for college-aged individuals. This LLC will explore different dimensions of wellness including: social, occupational, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual well-being; and barriers to access. You’ll discuss concepts of holistic well-being with faculty and staff trained on this topic who will mentor you to formulate your own wellness plan and develop a wellness plan for our campus community with your peers.

Technology, creativity, and ethics

This Bay Area-focused LLC will bring together students and faculty who are passionate about justice, equity, innovation, and the ethics surrounding current and new technologies. You’ll meet industry leaders, spend time in some of the world’s most advanced technology companies, and discover the impact these companies have on creating wealth and health disparities in the Bay Area and beyond. You’ll even find yourself exploring your own relationship to and with technology.


Our campus dining options feature local ingredients, authentic flavors, and farm-fresh produce (including some harvested from the campus 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 available through in-person ordering or mobile ordering through the Grubhup app. 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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