Welcome Students: Ten Tips for Moving to Boston

The City of Boston is proud to welcome the region's college and university students to Boston. We hope you enjoy your time here and ultimately decide to stay, work and raise a family in our city.

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    2. Manage Your Moving

    If you’re moving in or moving out of your off-campus housing, you must obtain a street occupancy permit for your moving van or other vehicle.

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    3. Properly Dispose of Trash and Recycling

    Follow your building's instructions for proper trash and recycling disposal. Our Household Waste Look-Up lets you know which materials are recyclable and which need special pick-up, and our My Neighborhood service lists trash pick-up days by address.

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    My Neighborhood »

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    4. Use the Mayor’s 24 Hour Service Center to Report Problems or Request Services

    There are three ways you can reach us any time with questions about city government or to report issues: (1) by phone 24/7 at 617-635-4500, (2) online at Citizens Connect, or (3) by reporting issues via our iPhone or Android app.

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    5. Learn More About Your Service Providers

    Need to set up your electric and gas accounts? Need cable and internet? Here are some of the City’s providers:
    NStar Gas and Electric: (800) 592-2000
    National Grid Gas and Electric: (800) 322-3223
    Comcast: (800) COMCAST
    RCN: (800) 746-4726
    Verizon: (800) VERIZON

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    7. Stay Safe

    If you're out at night, pay attention to your surroundings and walk in groups. Don't hesitate to contact your school's police department or Boston Police at 617-343-4911 if you feel unsafe, and in an emergency dial 911. Visit BPD News for updates and safety tips, and report crime anonymously with Text-A-Tip.

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    Sign Up For Alert Boston »

    Crime Stoppers - Text a Tip »

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    9. Don't Pay Full Price

    There are tons of free things to do in Boston, from visiting a museum to enjoying events like the SoWa open market or the Boston Common Tree Lighting. MBTA Passes, Boston Public Library Cards, and even your student ID can earn you major discounts. Check them out!

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Useful Resources

  • My Neighborhood

    Just enter your property address to get detailed information about your community such as the nearest library or community center. You can even find out what day your trash will be picked up or where to vote!

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