Moving to Boston, MA

Boston North End and Old North Church Aerial view, Boston, USAChoosing to relocate to Boston is a very good idea. However, like every city, Boston also comes with some positives and negatives.

Famous for its college and universities, Boston is surely the best city for academicians. The city is extremely popular among students. With a history dating back to at least 16th century, Boston has variety of cultural traditions and heritage. The city is filled with beautiful historical buildings along with strong values attached to them - it’s no doubt, a historian’s and an academician’s heaven!

Boston is a very popular destination for students from all over the world. The real estate systems work on a September to September contract, facilitating the new residents for each semester. Students are the real estate’s main target market here.

The city is very large and is comprised of 21 different neighborhoods. It is also sometimes called “The City of Neighborhoods”. Boston is extremely well known for its diversity of cultural and historical places. It is also notoriously popular for the media, arts and cultural scene in the city

1. Moving services and tips

There is no doubt that Boston is a wonderful city to live in. However, there are some points that should be kept in mind. The points necessary to know about, before moving include:

  • Boston is an extremely famous destination for international students. A large number of students from all over the world prefer to live and study here. There is also a big consumer market for real estate businesses. Since the admission process in most colleges takes place in September and January, it is not recommended to relocate during these months. The real estate prices go very high due to an increase in demand.
  • Living in Boston can be fairly expensive unless you are coming from New York or Los Angeles! Be prepared for it and manage your finances wisely.
  • Finding a job in Boston can be a little tricky. Therefore, look for possible employment opportunities before leaving your previous location.
  • When you are planning a move, you will want to take the weather into consideration especially in the North East where all four seasons are noticeable. if you are planning to move on winter or summer check the weather in advance based on your zip code to avoid hush weather conditions. Weather forecast can be found online
  • Organize yourself! Go through your home and make a list of what is being relocated. Taking inventory can help decided what you will keep and what you may dispose of or donate. It also helps to make a list of important tasks that have to be accomplished before and during a move.
  • Make sure you carry your immediate belongings with you. Pack a bag with some essentials, like a change of clothes and essential toiletries.  Don’t forget the snacks! You’ll need some snack and water to help provide you with the energy for the move.
2. Highways and public transport

When you move to Boston, you’ll be able to quickly find a solution for your daily commute. Boston has been titled ‘the walking city’ due to a large number of residents preferring to commute by walk. The transportation department in the city also struggles to make Boston a better place for pedestrians. The transportation system in Boston includes: roadway, rail and buses.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is responsible for operating the buses, rails and other modes of public transportation in the city. The Massachusetts Port Authority manages all the ports in city including the Port of Boston. The main airport in city is Logan International Airport.

3. Climate

It is important to remember to plan your move in the spring or fall to avoid the harshest weather conditions, especially in a city like Boston that experiences a range of all four seasons.  The intensity of the weather in Boston is greatly reduced due to the presence of the Gulf Stream. But, the climate of the city is still far from perfect. It experiences a large range of different climates from July being the warmest to January being the coldest. There are strong summers combined with freezing winters in a year. The city experiences rain and humidity throughout the summer. All four seasons are experienced here and the residents have to be flexible to different types of climate. It is not an ideal place for those with extreme sensitivity to weather conditions.

4. Education

Before you move, you might want to research schools in your new area. Please look here for a complete list and local school ratings for Boston. The city is known for its quality of education. Excellent public schools and professional institutes are present in Boston. Some of the very famous universities in Boston include: Boston University, Harvard University, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and many others. Other than this, Boston also has an extraordinary high school education.

Some popular colleges and universities present in Boston include:

  • Andover Newton Theological School
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • New England College of Optometry
  • Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
5. Government

As a new resident of Boston, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the local government and policies.  A strong mayor-council government is present in the city. The mayor is appointed after every four years through election. The total number of districts present in the city is nine. The members of city council are selected to manage each district separately. The city government administers public owned buildings, state institutions, tourism, public transportation and the overall infrastructure of the city.

6. Cities / metro areas

If you have not yet chosen an area in Boston to move to, please check here for more information about the individual cities and metro areas. There is a range of localities and subdivisions present in Boston. Some of the officially designed neighborhoods include:

  • Allston
  • Back Bay
  • Hyde Park
  • West End
  • Mission Hill
  • Roslindale
  • West Roxbury
  • Charlestown
  • Downtown
  • South End
  • Mattapan
  • Fenway Kenmore
  • North End
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Beacon Hill
  • Brighton
  • Roxbury
  • Allston
  • Bay Village
  • Chinatown/Leather District
  • Dorchester
  • East Boston
  • South Boston

The historical neighborhoods of Boston include Beacon Hill and Back Bay. These two neighborhoods have the oldest and most cultural buildings present in Boston. It is also home to a large number of families from old Boston.

7. Cost of living

If you are moving from another larger city, you’ll be happy to know the cost of living in the city is much less than other metropolitan cities such as Washington DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The recession has not affected the employment rate in Boston as much as it has affected other metropolitan cities. In fact, it has one of the most promising job markets in the country. Even though a large quantity of jobs is available, the pay scale is usually lower as compared to that of other cities.

8. Schools

If you are concerned about where your children will attend school, you can check out the local Neighborhood Scout website to search for the schools by your new home. There are more than 130 Boston Public Schools. Other than the well-equipped public schools, the city also has suburban, private and public charter schools. More than 57,000 students are enrolled in different schools in Boston. The different schools include:

Elementary Schools:

  • Bates Elementary School
  • Kenny Elementary School
  • Haley Elementary School
  • Russell Elementary School
  • Otis Elementary School
  • Lyon High School
  • Condon Elementary School
  • Harvard/Kent Elementary School
  • Guild Elementary School
  • Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy
  • Kennedy, P. J. Elementary School
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood School
  • Ellis Elementary School
  • Channing Elementary School
  • Perkins Elementary School
  • Dever Elementary School
  • Hale Elementary School
  • Kennedy, J. F. Elementary School
  • Everett Elementary School
  • Mozart Elementary School
  • Conley Elementary School
  • Philbrick Elementary School
  • Hennigan Elementary School
  • Beethoven Elementary School
  • Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy
  • Blackstone Elementary School
  • Holland Elementary School
  • Adams Elementary School
  • Bradley Elementary School
  • Henderson Elementary School
  • Chittick Elementary School
  • Grew Elementary School
  • Holmes Elementary School
  • Lee Elementary School

K-8 Schools:

  • Eliot K-8 School
  • Boston Teachers Union School K-8 (Pilot)
  • Curley K-8 School
  • Higginson/Lewis K-8 School
  • Orchard Gardens K-8 School (Pilot)
  • Mildred Avenue K-8 School
  • Greenwood (Sarah) K-8 School
  • Hernández K-8 School
  • Murphy K-8 School
  • Lyndon K-8 School
  • Jackson/Mann K-8 School
  • Edison K-8 School
  • Hurley K-8 School
  • Kilmer K-8 School
  • Mission Hill School
  • King K-8 School
  • Mario Umana Academy

Middle Schools:

  • Frederick Middle School (Pilot)
  • Rogers Middle School
  • UP Academy Charter School of Boston
  • Harbor School (Pilot)
  • McCormack Middle School
  • Dearborn Middle School
  • Middle School Academy (Alternative school)
  • Rogers Middle School
  • Edwards Middle School
  • James P. Timilty Middle School
  • Irving Middle School

High Schools:

  • Boston Arts Academy
  • Dorchester Academy
  • Boston International High School
  • Charlestown High School
  • Boston Day & Evening Academy
  • Community Academy of Science and Health
  • Boston Green Academy
  • East Boston High School
  • Boston Community Leadership Academy
  • Brighton High School
  • Community Academy
9. Media outlets

If you have been planning a move to Boston for some time, it’s possible that you have already been reading up on some of the local news. The city is very famous for its esteemed newspaper and magazines. The Boston Globe is a very famous daily publication. It is also the most read in the entire New England. The newspaper covers international news, finance, information technology, business, sports and health segments.

Some other popular sources of information in the city include:

  • The Boston Herald
  • The Jewish Advocate
  • World Journal Boston
  • Boston Irish Reporter
  • Bay State Banner
10. About Movers USA

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