Northeastern University supports a robust program of global activities and is committed to promoting the safety and security of university travelers.
Northeastern International Student Housing Guidelines
When students travel abroad individually, such as for co-op, study abroad, or research, they are generally responsible for selecting and arranging their own housing. Your co-op advisor and GEO may be able to help by providing information on where other NU students have previously done the same co-op. NUPD International Security Office can assist with assessing the safety of specific neighborhoods. However, the university does not screen, recommend, vouch for, or take responsibility for the condition or safety of housing arrangements made by students.
The following recommendations and guidance have been prepared to help students in their selection of accommodations
- When possible, students should seek out local housing through a local university or other reliable third party provider who might arrange homestays or other accommodations. Some on-ground providers include CIEE, MASA Israel. Consult with GEO or NUPD for additional information and assistance.
- Ask your co-op employer for assistance or recommendations; check with your co-op adviser for places that students on that co-op have previously stayed; where possible talk to students who have done that co-op before you.
- Contact Co-op Connections for relocation assistance. The Co-op Connections office can connect you with past and current co-ops students in your location, as well as students who are headed there during your term. They can also connect you with area alumni that may have resources and suggestions.
- “Couch Surfing” (the practice of moving from one house to another, sleeping in whatever spare space is available, floor or couch, generally staying a few days before moving on to the next house) is NOT an appropriate accommodation and is NOT Permitted.
- Home-sharing, such as Airbnb, Craigslist, HomeAway, etc., is strongly discouraged.
- Examine hotels or other resources, such as home-stays, carefully before selection.
Select Your Neighborhood
- Look for neighborhoods that offer proximity to place of study or work, and that are in communities that have adequate services, transportation, shops, police and health services appropriate to support your needs. (e.g., how would you get to work/school; where will you eat/buy food; is the transportation convenient, reliable, operating the hours you need it, cost effective, etc.);
- Google is always a good place to search. Check with local partners, as well as individuals who may have previously stayed in the area. Check with the U.S. Embassy in the area.
- NUPD ISO and the university’s response vendor, iJet WorldAware, can provide a neighborhood safety assessment.
Housing Information by Country
Housing varies depending on the program and you have different options to choose from based on your individual preference. Global co-op students will invariably navigate a new culture independently. In the majority of cases, a global co-op position does not come with housing arrangements. You should feel comfortable with some ambiguity about traversing countries and keep an open mind about your housing accommodations while on global co-op. Remember, it’s all about the experience!
This guide below is an accumulation of information from public sources as well as advice from Huskies residing or visiting these countries.
When finding a studio, the Swiss often ask for a dossier. Some realtors will ask for three pay slips that are Swiss pay slips, a letter of recommendation from your former employer, former landlord and/or former roommates, etc.
If a student is looking to get on a contract and to have his or her own place, they can go through the CAGI website : https://www.cagi.ch/
The student could fill out this form and have offers sent to his or her e-mail address: http://boursedulogement.ch/client/Demands/edit
CAGI also has an updated list of websites with short stay places to live that are already furnished (this could also buy time if your student is looking for a studio): https://www.cagi.ch/fr/logement/logements-temporaires-courte-duree.php
ImmoScout is also a nice website to check out : https://www.immoscout24.ch/fr
If a student has Facebook, there are several groups for expats:
Bank Accounts: , he or she should be able to easily set one up at the Swiss post office. I was able to through ALIPH at the bank BCGE.
If your student has any other questions you can give him or her my email address and I would be happy to help.