Traditionally entering first- and second-year students are required to live in university housing. Housing and Residential Life is dedicated to working with Northeastern University students to help build safe and inclusive living environments that support personal development and academic success. Our goal is to prepare students to become lifelong learners who are holistically formed, experience growth alongside others, and are responsible contributors to local and global communities. The Housing and Residential Life staff designs intentional experiences, programs, and activities to build a strong community environment that prioritizes this goal.

Each residential community is supervised by a professional building staff member and student resident assistants who work together to maintain close contact with students to help make their experience living in university housing a positive one. Housing and Residential Life staff are trained in facilities management, community engagement, crisis response, conflict resolution, and interpersonal communications.

A central component of the residential experience for first-year students is Living Learning Communities. LLCs bring together students with a shared personal or academic interest to learn and grow as a community during their first year at Northeastern.