Home Away from Home 

Home Away from Home is an opportunity for international graduate students and local Boston community members to connect in a social setting to enhance the Boston experience for both long-time residents and Northeastern students. 

The goal of this program is to provide a way for students to build a sense of community in Boston and foster connections with local residents involved in our neighborhoods near campus. Participants will have the opportunity to share their culture and learn a new culture through this exchange.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in Home Away from Home?

Currently this program is open to Northeastern’s international graduate students and Boston-area community members (non-student residents). 

How does Northeastern match students and non-student residents?

After completing the initial interest form, Northeastern staff review submissions to find a match near your neighborhood. All interested participants are invited to an annual kick-off in November to meet in-person on campus. In addition, we host semesterly group events to get acquainted. Throughout the year, students and community members are matched individually and connected via introductory email.

What are the requirements to participate?

We only ask that you meet up with your match at least once each semester in which you participate. Most matches report meeting up a few times each year as their schedules allow. View our full guidelines and expectations here. 

Is there a cost to participate?

No, this program is free. All participants are encouraged to enjoy free events and opportunities in Boston. Individual matches have the option if they want to elect to do something that has a fee. Each semester there will be a group event for particiapants that is funded by Northeastern. Attendance is always optional.

As a Boston community member, am I required to host students in my home?

No, this program does not require any hosting or housing. We simply encourage students and community members that are matched to explore Boston and create a plan that works for your individual schedules and personal preferences. 

There is no requirement to host students during holiday breaks or during the academic year. 

How do I sign up?

Submit an interest form here. We review the form regularly and do monthly outreach. 

Home Away from Home was featured in Northeastern Global News! Read the story here. 

View photos of our past events! 


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