New Students

Welcome to Northeastern University–San Francisco Bay Area!

The San Franciso Bay Area is home to more than 7 million people, with about 1 million living in the city of San Jose. Home to Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Google, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, Tesla, and more, the region is a leading high-tech center for innovation and development.

We hope you find this initial information helpful as you prepare to begin your graduate studies. If you have any further questions or concerns after reading this information, please contact Hing Potter, Assistant Director of Student Services, at [email protected]. You may always refer to the Silicon Valley Campus Guide or San Francisco Campus Guide for initial guidance about our campus.

New Student Welcome Guide


Click below to find the information you need to get oriented and ready for classes at both Silicon Valley and San Francisco campuses.


New Student Information

The following is important information for you to know before you begin your graduate program at Northeastern University. Please read the information on this page carefully and take any required steps. We look forward to meeting you at New Student Orientation!

Relocating to Silicon Valley
Relocating to San Francisco

Set Up Your myNortheastern Account

Get familiar with your myNortheastern account. Most functions and services related to your academic experience at Northeastern (e.g. course registration, course schedule, student accounts, etc.) you will find under the Self-Service tab. Also, use your myNortheastern account to access your student email account. You are encouraged to start checking your student email regularly.

Managing Your Email to Receive Important Communications

It is important that you get into the habit of logging into your myNortheastern account to check your student email account regularly. After logging in, look for the Gmail icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. You may find that there are already important emails waiting in your account.

If you have more than one email account (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.), you may wish to forward your student emails to your personal email address or vice versa. Note that your student email account can be configured to automatically forward incoming mail to another address if desired. To learn the steps to do this, log into your student email account and look for a gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Next, click “Settings” and find the tab “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” and follow the provided instructions. Click here to access your myNortheastern account.

Health Insurance

Northeastern University’s student health plan (NUSHP), administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, provides comprehensive health benefits at an affordable rate. To learn more about NUSHP, please visit the NUSHP website. The website also contains information on how to waive NUSHP. Please note that there are strict deadlines to waive coverage.

Immunization Records

The State of California does not require graduate students to provide their immunization report.

Husky Student ID card

All students will be required to carry their student ID card (Husky Card) while on campus. This card is also used for student printing services at the Silicon Valley campus. All new students must complete this form in order to obtain their Husky Cards. The deadline for submitting this form is January 10, 2021.

Spring 2021 New Student Orientations

Welcome New Students!

Your health and safety are our utmost priority. In light of local health guidance, we have moved our New Student Orientations online. All new students, regardless of their intention to take classes on-campus or remote, will participate in virtual Orientations.

There are three types of New Student Orientations:

  • Campus Orientation (for all students)
  • College Orientation (for your specific program)
  • International Student Orientation (for all international students)

SF and Silicon Valley’s Campus Orientation will open on December 7, 2020 and run until classes start. You will receive an email from Hing Potter, Assistant Director of Student Services, with information about how to access this Orientation. All new students are expected to complete New Student Orientations before starting classes at Northeastern. If you have trouble accessing the online Orientation or have questions, please reach out to Hing at [email protected].

Khoury College’s College Orientation will open on December 14, 2020. Khoury will also run various live, online events from Dec 14, 2020 – Jan 15, 2021 for new Khoury students to meet their faculty, staff, and classmates. You receive an email from your college advisor with more information.

The College of Engineering Cyber-Physical Systems orientation will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9am PST. The Information Systems orientation will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12pm PST. You will receive an email from the College of Engineering inviting you to your orientation session.

International Student Orientation will open in December 2020 and run until classes start. You will receive an email from Giscard Dimanche, International Student Advisor, with information about how to access this Orientation. F-1 students starting their degree program are required to attend International Student Orientation. This presentation will cover topics including immigration documents, how to maintain status throughout your program, the basics behind employment while on F-1 status, and more.

For U.S. visa holders who are studying on another visa classification other than F-1, you are not required to attend this Orientation but you are required to complete a form to confirm your visa documentation to the Office of Global Services (OGS), linked here.

If you have any questions about International Student Orientation, please reach out to Giscard at [email protected].


Please make sure you have read the information in the lefthand column about your myNortheastern account, email, NUSHP, and Husky Student ID! You MUST upload your picture in order to receive a Husky ID, and you must have a Husky ID to access campus.

Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Resources

What is the cost of tuition?

The cost of tuition is identical for all Northeastern students and at any of our campuses in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, Silicon Valley, or Toronto. Since Northeastern is a private university, there is no in-state or out-of-state tuition variance, nor is there a tuition difference for international students. However, F-1 visa holders do pay a one-time fee of $250 to the university for visa processing and support by the Office of Global Services. For 2020-2021 tuition rates, please visit the Student Financial Services Tuition and Fees page.

What are the housing options in the Bay Area?

The San Francisco Bay Area campuses do not have university-sponsored housing available for students. For information about local housing options and general questions about relocating to the Bay Area area, please visit our Relocating to Silicon Valley page or our Relocating to San Francisco page.

Campus Resources

Northeastern University’s San Francisco Bay Area campuses have a number of resources you can leverage as an enrolled student. To find a comprehensive list, please visit the Student Life page.

Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram

Join our Facebook group to start connecting with one another and see what’s happening at the SF and Silicon Valley campuses!
Follow us on Instagram at @northeasternsfsv to see a slice of SF/SV Student Life



Things To Do When You Arrive

Visit the Campus

We realize many new students are eager to come to the campus before orientation begins. In order to ensure that we have people available to show you around and answer your questions, we request visitors email us at [email protected] to schedule a visit.

Tour the Bay Area

Visit the below websites for fun ideas and ways to learn more about the Bay Area:

Northeastern University—San Francisco Bay Area

Northeastern University Silicon Valley Campus Address

4 N. 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Northeastern University San Francisco Campus Address

600 California Street. 20th floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Our campus is co-located with WeWork in the Financial District.

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