Welcome Students: Ten Tips for Moving to Boston
Mayor Menino 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.
With 34 colleges and universities, Boston is home to some of the nation’s leading academic institutions. Whether you live on campus or in one of the city’s neighborhoods, we wanted to share some tips for being part of our community.
1. Get to Know Your Neighborhood
Boston's many neighborhoods offer a diverse range of residents, activities and services. Learn more about your neighborhood by contacting your Neighborhood Services Coordinator at 617-635-3485, and check out what events and services are happening in your neighborhood.
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.
3. Properly Dispose of Trash and Recycling
Follow your building's instructions for proper trash and recycling disposal. Our Trash and Recycling Directory 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.
4. Use the Mayor’s 24 Hour Service Center to Report Problems or Request ServicesThere 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.
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
6. Report Any Housing or Landlord Issues
If you're having trouble with a landlord or want to know your rights as a tenant, visit the Rental Housing Resource Center to get all the information you need.
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.
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!
10. Learn How to Find Your Way Around the City
Boston is home to several modes of affordable and eco-friendly public transit, including the MBTA’s trains and buses as well as a bike share system called the New Balance Hubway. Get to know your options and start exploring!