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 checking your student email account regularly. You can access your email by logging into your myNortheastern account or going to You may find that there are already important emails waiting for you.

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.

Beginning in the fall 2021 academic term, students attending or visiting Northeastern University’s U.S. campuses will be expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first day of classes. Faculty and staff who work at one of Northeastern University’s U.S. campuses are expected to submit verification of vaccination. Students, faculty, and staff should complete the Vaccine Verification form to submit their proof of immunization or to request an exemption.

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 December 12, 2021.

New Student Orientations

Welcome New Students!

Orientations help you get ready to make the most of your graduate school experience and Northeastern — San Francisco, Silicon Valley. All students are required to complete the orientations that pertain to them. These sessions are delivered virtually and are designed to help new students learn about both the San Francisco and Silicon Valley regional campuses, university resources, and other pertinent information.

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 Friday, November 19, 2021 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 orientation before starting classes at Northeastern. If you have trouble accessing the online orientation or have questions, please reach out to Hing at [email protected].

College Orientation
The College of Engineering, College of Professional Studies, and Khoury College of Computer Sciences each host their own college-specific orientation with specific information on classes, advising, and resources. Contact your Academic Advisor for more information.

The date for International Student Orientation is still being determined. You will receive an email from [email protected] 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 $350 to the university for visa processing and support by the Office of Global Services. For tuition rates and fees, 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 and Silicon Valley 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 @NULifeSFBA to see a slice of SF/SV Student Life, hear about upcoming events, and learn more about our community.



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.

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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