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Housing and Residential Life


Students are expected to know Northeastern’s policies and procedures, and the rules and regulations that govern housing at NU. If you violate a rule or policy, you are subject to disciplinary action, which may include eviction from campus housing, suspension from the University, or criminal prosecution. Selected policies are outlined below.

Electrical appliances
Rooms in residence halls: TVs, computers, radios, clocks, stereos, fans, electric razors, hair dryers, and heating pads are permitted in student rooms. Air conditioners may be rented for University-owned facilities during summer. Compact refrigerators and microfridges are allowed only in appropriately wired halls. The following items are not allowed in rooms: sun lamps; space heaters; halogen lamps; electric percolators, frying pans, and all other electric cooking equipment; hot plates; toaster ovens; microwave ovens; decorative lights; waterbeds; and weightlifting equipment.

Apartments: The same appliances allowed in halls, above, are permitted in apartments. In addition, apartment residents may have toaster ovens, coffee makers, and microwave ovens.

Extension cords
Minimize the use of electrical cords; make sure that all cords bear the UL trademark, and never plug an electrical device with a thick cord into a thinner extension cord. Do not run cords under rugs or across doorways. Do not overload extension cords.

Noise must not interfere with students’ study or sleep. Residents who encounter a persistent problem should contact their RA. Quiet hours include 10:00 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 1 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday.

Residential public space
Public space consists of main lobbies and common areas. It does not include floor lounges or areas inaccessible to nonresidents. Requests to use public space must be made to your RD at least one week before the desired date.

Roommate bill of rights agreement
This document outlines the basic rights and responsibilities of students living in NU housing. Each resident must read and sign the agreement. Staff members will help mediate any conflicts.

Visitors and overnight guests
Residents must sign in and accompany their guests at all times, and are responsible for their actions. Guests must be friends or relatives of about college age. You may have no more than three visitors signed in at a time, and they may stay in the building up to three consecutive nights in a week. Roommates must work out their own arrangements for visitors; if you cannot agree, seek a staff member for help.

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