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Vol. 5, Issue 9
May 2012
May Husky Tracks
Last Call: Fall Apartments 
Still looking for an apartment for this Fall?  Worried that you won't find a place to live?  We have some advice and tips to help you find that apartment.  Don't be fooled by realtors that tell you everything is "off the market".  While many people have already signed leases for the Fall, there are still apartments for rent!

Check our website as your first tool in your search.  Review neighborhood descriptions, cost comparison guides and find our online apartment database that contains up-to-date property listings in the area. Register for free with your Husky email address!


The 'Roommates' feature allows you to create a personal profile and search for other NU roommates based on lifestyle, class year etc. If you need extra roommates, this is a great way to find them!


If you want to work with a specific realtor, check out the 'Agent/ Broker' tab and find a list of recommended agencies. Student feedback has helped develop this list of realtors who have committed to provide honest and high quality service to NU students.  


As the apartment inventory dwindles, rent prices will rise. Ensure that you have an apartment at market price by ACTING NOW.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns contact Off Campus Student Services.

Where to Store your Stuff storage
 As Spring semester ends, we can look forward to new adventures this summer, be it co-op, studying abroad or summer back at home. 
If you're leaving town and looking for tips to store your stuff: 
1) Ask family and friends. You might be surprised at a friend's willingness to have boxes of your stuff sit in a garage for a couple months. Don't be afraid to ask. Even offer to pay a low monthly rate, it might make all the difference!
2) Use a storage company. Many storage companies in the Boston area offer student discounts or rates and will even you move too. Companies like PODS or UPS offer student services at student prices. 
3) Sublet your apartment furnished. Many people interested in subletting for the summer months are students themselves coming to Boston for part time jobs or internships. If you do not mind someone else using your stuff, offer your apartment furnished as a way to attract interest and save the hassle of packing and storing your belongings. 
Biking in Bostonbiking

Boston's Hubway system is back! Mayor Menino's "Boston Bikes' initiative encourages citizens to ride bikes for transportation and support both green initiatives and good health. Hubway launched last year and with an annual membership, you can rent a bike for 24-hours or for 3-days from any location. There are Hubway stations in NU's North Lot and on Columbus Ave. outside International Village.To join check out the website.


Keep in mind that bicycles are considered vehicles, and unless on a designated path or lane, bikes should use the road. Bicycles are held to the same traffic standards as cars; they must stop at all stop signs, red lights, ride in the same direction as traffic, and obey all traffic laws. Also, be sure to share the road. Bicycles must share the road not only with motor vehicles but also pedestrians. Always use signals and signs to gesture when turning and wear a helmet. In order to prevent bike theft, be sure to safely lock your bike. Look into getting a lock similar to a Kryptonite lock that features thick metal rather than a chain that can be cut.

Grilling Safety 101 grilling
As summer approaches thoughts wander to BBQ and grilling! And we get it, grilling is great. Just keep these tips in mind to keep you and your neighbors safe.

* In Boston, grills are not permitted inside or on balconies above the first floor.

* Always position a grill in an open area, away from combustible walls, buildings, dry leaves or brush.

* Be aware of wind blowing sparks.

* Place grill on a level surface away from low hanging trees, deck railings, siding or any combustible materials.

* Keep a fire extinguisher within handy reach.

* Use long handled barbecue tools and flame-retardant mitts.

* NEVER leave pets unattended near a hot grill.

* NEVER ignite a gas grill with the lid closed. Propane will accumulate inside and when ignited, the lid could blow off.

Keep your grill clean and up to date with wear and tear maintenance. Lastly, check your lease to ensure your landlord allows grills. For more information about grilling in Boston, click here. 
In Boston this summer? Attend NU's Summester events! Four months of 20 events including Red Sox games, Cirque du Soleil and trip to NYC and Martha's Vineyard! Tickets for Summer I trips will go on sale Wednesday, May 2 while Summer II tickets will go on sale Monday, July 2. Get them online, here!
The Department of Transportation reports that Americans total 1.1 billion auto trips per day, with 78% of those consisting of single occupant trips!  This clogs traffic, and accounts for 50% of urban air pollution and 30% of greenhouse gas emissions.


Do your part; sign up for NuRide and fight traffic and emissions! NuRide is the nation's largest rewards program for individuals who commit to greener trips.  It allows you to record every eco-friendly commute you make, whether it be walking, biking, riding the subway or carpooling.  Is your co-op out of town? Try car pooling with other students with similar destinations; save gas and get rewards!  NuRide tracks your savings and you earn points to local deals on restaurants! 


Check out these upcoming events to keep your commute green! Bay State Bike Week May 14-20. MassCommute Bicycle Challenge May 14-20

SAFEnet Advisory safenet


Summer is almost here, with new classes, co-op, and any number of summertime activities.  Don't lose sight of your personal safety. Reduce your risk of becoming a victim of theft whether in a lab, classroom, or apartment.  

In a class or lab: do not leave personal property where it is easily seen or accessed and store property securely.  If you see someone who doesn't belong, ask if they need assistance.  A thief will often take this opportunity to leave the area. Contact NUPD right away to report the incident.  

In your apartment: use riser restrictors on your windows; don't allow someone to "tailgate" when you enter the building; make sure all doors are locked and closed securely behind you, and don't allow access to anyone you don't know. For more info click here.

In this Issue
Play Softball
Roof-Deck Access
Roaming Husky
SAFEnet Advisory 
Student Center Renovation  

The food court in CSC, including afterHOURS and Starbucks, will be closed until September due to renovation. 
What's open?
Rebecca's Cafe in Churchill Hall will have extended summer hours Mon-Fri 7am-4pm. Check out other on-campus dining hours here.
What's coming this Fall? The new food court will feature UBurger, Sweet Tomatoes, Popeye's & Kigo Kitchen! 
Student-Neighbor Softball Game ball

Thursday, May 17 at 6:00pm - McLaughlin Field, Parker Hill Ave.

Want to play softball? Sign up 
HERE to play, help serve food, or just cheer on your friends & neighbors! NU's City and Community Affairs, Off Campus Student Services and SGA are teaming up with City Councilor Michael Ross' office to host a softball game to bring together students and other residents of our community!
Roof-Deck Safetyroofs
Have a balcony or roof-deck? The City of Boston has strict regulations with the use of roofs. Check your lease; does your landlord know you're up there? You could face fines from both your landlord and BPD. 
Women of the Arboretum Tour
Celebrate springtime at the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, for a guided tour through the grounds and learn about the many species of flowers, plants, and trees that give the landscape its beauty. Bring family and friends to take the tour and pack a lunch to enjoy outside!
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
May 12 @ 7:30pm. Orpheum Theater. Get tickets here
North End Walking Tour 

Follow your guide on this culinary walking tour into the food traditions and marketplaces of the most authentic "Little Italy" remaining in America.
Mayor Menino's Tomato Give-Away & Summer Kick-Off
Back Bay Fens 
Saturday May 12, 10am-12 noon
Enjoy family activities, free tomato plants courtesy of Mahoney's
Garden Centers, a jazz performance from
Berklee College of Music, a tour of the Fenway Victory Garden,
supplies from Boston Public Health Commission, a demonstration
from Nancy Mangion of the Bee Keeper Warehouse, MassArt's
Artward bound activities, face painting, and information on
exciting events happening in the city this summer! More info here!
roamDear Roaming Husky
Dear Roaming Husky, 


I'm subletting my room this summer to a stranger. She seems friendly and neat, but I'm concerned about my security deposit. What if she breaks something, does it come out of my security deposit?


           --Not So Secure

Dear Secure,

      All original tenants are liable for the security deposit, so you would be responsible for damages. But that's not to say you're helpless! It's always helpful to find someone you trust. Create a written agreement with your sub-lessee delegating financial responsibility to them for damages they cause. Take pictures of your room after you move out. This pact will help your sub-lessee understand they must be careful and if anything happens they will be held accountable. It's better to be safe than sorry!


           -Your Roaming Husky


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