Dorm Rooms

International Village features two general types of rooms: singles and doubles. Most IV rooms are designated as “semi-private,” where you share a bathroom with the room next-door.

That’s right – no communal bathrooms in IV. The greatest number of people you will ever share with is three, that is, if you’re in a double sharing with a double.

In general, single rooms are paired with singles, and doubles with doubles, but occasionally they will be mixed. Such was the case with me: I had a single room sharing with a double. There are also some special accessible rooms that are extra large and sometimes don’t even share bathrooms. Usually there aren’t enough qualifying students to fill all of them, and any student could get them. Once you get your room number, you can check the floor plans I have linked on this site to check your exact situation.

However, the unfortunate corollary to having a private bathroom is that it is not professionally cleaned. You must do that yourself (or choose not to :P).

The double-double pairs usually have sinks located in the rooms themselves and not in the bathrooms. The single-single pairs usually have two sinks in the bathroom and none in the rooms. In my single-double pair, we have two sinks in the bathroom and none in the rooms. Again, check the floor plans.

Each room is provided with a bed and mattress and a desk with a chair. The mattresses and chairs are very uncomfortable – I highly recommend bringing a mattress topper and your own chair. Rooms can also feature a shelf for the desk and/or the end of the bed. All rooms have one or the other; some have both. It’s all up to chance.

Single rooms have one alcove in the wall. It features several shelves for storage and a rack for hanging clothes. Double rooms have two.

My single room after move-in. The entrance to the bathroom is to the left.
My single room after move-in. The entrance to the bathroom is to the left.

If your room is on the inner side of the building, you will be overlooking the Bamboo Garden. If it’s on the outer side, you will face somewhere else: the East faces Columbus Ave, the North faces the main part of campus, and the West faces the Boston Police Headquarters and Roxbury. Unfortunately the sirens go off constantly, which is a bummer for West residents on the outside edge.

The view of the Bamboo Garden from my 3rd floor West room.
The view of the Bamboo Garden from my 3rd floor West room.
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43 thoughts on “Dorm Rooms

    1. My room was close to the elevators, and I could not hear any noises. Unfortunately I cannot speak for being right next to them, but they still didn’t seem very loud while riding and walking in the hallways.

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    1. In most cases, they are less than twice as big. The other bed would be closer to mine than the right wall is.

      Some doubles are longer front to back, allowing the desks to be placed in-line with the bed on each side. Others are about the same length, requiring the beds to be lofted and the desks be put underneath.

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  1. Hello!
    I have been approved to study at Northeastern and I am looking for a single room to live from September until December.
    I liked the International Village, but I couldn’t find any information regarding prices and an email for reservation.
    Could you help me please with these informations?
    Thank you so much!
    Best!

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    1. I know that some beds are high lofted, and I think they come that way automatically in the smaller rooms. I suggest contacting Housing to see about your specific case.

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  2. This website is so helpful- thank you! What is the bathroom like? Do we need to purchase a shower curtain/liner or is there a shower door? Also, are there hooks in the bathroom to hang towels from or any storage (under sink, etc.)?

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    1. The shower should come with a curtain, but no mat. There will be hooks on the inside of the bathroom door, one for each resident of the adjoining room. There is storage under the sink as well as small racks to the side of the sink area. Be aware that your sink could be either in your bathroom or in your bedroom; check the floor plan to be sure.

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      1. Thank you! What room number were you in? I think my setup will be the exact same as you had if I figured out the floor plans correctly.

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    1. I believe there’s a block of four behind the bed (so extension cord is good for easy access), two under the window, and two or four behind the desk. There might be a few others. The Ethernet and cable port were behind the bed as well. I’m a techie, so take this with a grain of salt, but I made use of four power strips. Not a ton of plugs.

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  3. Do you know anyone that has the dimensions of a double my room is 636 in the North tower, or if not maybe a size of rug that works?

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    1. Sorry, I don’t have a good idea of what the dimensions are, and there are two major configurations for doubles. Some a narrower and come with the beds lofted, and others are wider and don’t have them lofted by default.

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  4. Is there a lock on the outside of each bathroom door so the person in the connecting room doesn’t have access to your bedroom?

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    1. Nope, both bathroom doors lock and unlock together using a pair of buttons on the inside, and they only lock if both doors are closed. So when no one’s in the bathroom, both doors are unlocked and the connecting room does have access to your bedroom.

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  5. Hi! Do you know anything about the HC single corner room? I looked at the floor plans, the layout looks a bit different than the other rooms? Im a lucky to have got this room? How’s it different? Thanks!

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    1. Yes, you’re pretty lucky to have been assigned one of these rooms. They are meant to be wheelchair accessible, and so they are significantly bigger. Go find your room in the floor plan to see the layout of your specific room, but in general the rooms occupy a solid chunk of space in a corner somewhere. I believe most of them will share a bathroom with a normally-sized single room, and I think they all have a bathtub instead of just a shower.

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  6. My daughter is in a single on the 7th floor. How do we find the actual dimensions, can’t seem to find that anywhere as well as how many outlets and where they are located? Thanks for the great site!

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    1. Sorry, I don’t know how to find room dimensions.

      I believe there’s a block of four behind the bed (so extension cord is good for easy access), two under the window, and two or four behind the desk. There might be a few others. The Ethernet and cable port were behind the bed as well. I’m a techie, so take this with a grain of salt, but I made use of four power strips. Not a ton of plugs.

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  7. Jack, is International Village North actually on Tremont Street? I know IV is shaped like a U. Asking if the base of the U is on Tremont Street or if the U is flipped so the base is on the interior of the university? I think I’m even confusing myself with this question!

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    1. I think what you said is correct. The north tower, which forms the bottom of the U shape, is closest to the main campus. IV sits essentially between Columbus and Tremont. Columbus runs along the train tracks, parallel (but not next to) to the North tower, but then it turns sharply south right before the main entrance, runs along the side of the east tower, and then intersects Tremont.

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  8. Hi!! This website is super helpful so thanks! But I was wondering- I know someone asked about lofting their bed already, but do you know of anyone who requested to loft their bed in a single? (I’m in a single and it looks like lofting my bed would help with space.)

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    1. I do not know of anyone in particular who got a lofted bed in a single, but you can submit a work order to get it done.

      Also be aware that you can raise and lower the bed by a few inches without getting it fully lofted to accommodate storage under the bed.

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  9. Thanks, Jack! And my son has a corner room in IV North, so your previous response really made me happy about this as well. His roommate is an RA, so I hope he will have a bit of a helping hand…

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    1. She should have received an email on her student account from Housing & Residential Life. Mine came on June 11 the year I started.

      You can check now by logging into myNEU, self service tab, and housing on-line page. You probably need to do this using her account.

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  10. Are floors 2-9 strictly freshman honors? I’m a transfer on floor 5 and I’m not particularly interested in living with freshman. I posted this question elsewhere and I’m not sure it if went through so my apologies if this is a repeat.

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