What you need to know before moving to Boston?

Boston, also known as City on the Hill or the Hub. It has come to our attention that Bostonians don’t really approve of calling their hometown Beantown. So now that we have settled the nomenclature, let’s see what moving to Boston could bring to you. Would it have an impact on your life for better or for worse? There are many reasons why you should consider giving Boston a shot, but others as well that don’t seem that appealing. It’s on you to do the math and see if relocating to the capital of Massachusetts would be a good thing to do. So what is it like?

An American city with European charm

Often dubbed the most European city in America, Boston boasts of many historic landmarks, old red-brick buildings and impressive university structures. When you get the chance, you can see it by yourself, taking a walk through Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile-long path that guides you through 16 different locations relative to US history.

Famous Bostonian red-brick buildings.
Take a walk by the old red-brick buildings.

Living in Boston is far from cheap

Residing in Boston is notoriously expensive. More precisely, it’s 47% greater than the national average. One of the contributing factors is healthcare and housing costs, among others. However, you shouldn’t be intimidated by this fact, as there are ways of reducing costs and living on a budget.

Moving to Boston means a window to professional opportunities

Boston prides itself on a productive job industry, having evolved into a major corporate capital with thriving young professionals. Hence you should expect a younger crowd as, apart from the thriving startup environment, Boston is also home to some of the world’s most prestigious universities such as MIT, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Busines School, Boston University and others. Besides being a tech mecca, it’s also known as the college town.

Image of a reading room.
Boston is a youthful city known for its universities.

Things to know when moving to Boston: tips and tricks

As any other city, Boston too has its own dynamics, its perks and perils, its ups and downs, depending on different factors such as weather, traffic, sports events (yep, you read it right, Bostonians are huge sports aficionados) and the likes. Let’s dive in and see what you can do in order to have a smooth move to and an even smoother life in Boston.

Confusing streets: invest in a good pair of sneakers and GPS software

Boston is an extremely walkable town (bikeable even), it would literally take you a day or two to go sightseeing on foot. Whereas getting around by car and finding a parking place can be quite a hassle. But if you must, we suggest taking a resident parking permit.  Moreover, the street layout isn’t really intuitive, which is why we recommend either installing a quality GPS software or getting a commuter pass. Ideally, you won’t even need public or private transport. Hence, the sneakers. If you’re in a position to choose, opt for a residence close to work, so you can avoid the inconvenience of the traffic.

Boston, aka Titletown

This city sure loves its nicknames. This one originates from Bostonian’s world famous love for sports, so much it’s contagious. Nonetheless, even if you have no interest whatsoever in Red Sox or New Patriots games, it would be wise to keep track of game schedules as it could have a major effect on your commuting through the city.

Stormy and snowy weather

Infamously harsh Boston winters are something you should bear in mind when the time comes. Snowstorms are known to shut down the city and the temperatures may go as down as twenty degrees Celsius below zero. Which roughly means layers and layers of clothes for about a couple of months, maybe more.

Where and when to move to Boston

Due to aforementioned weather circumstances, moving to Boston in winter would be remarkably stressful. So refrain from planning it that time of the year, unless you absolutely have to. Another factor to keep in mind is the peak college season. It occurs around September the first when excited scholars-to-be are drifting through city seeking the new place or carrying out their own moving process.

As far as where is concerned, it all depends on your preferences. Would you rather dive in the hectic downtown life or prefer to spend your days somewhere quieter? Reportedly, Back Bay, South Boston (also known as Southie) and Beacon Hill are amongst the best places to live in Boston. However, if you prefer the peace and quiet of a suburbs area, Worcester, Belmont or Cambridge could be your choice. Having kids also changes the perspective, so here are a couple of tips for moving with children.

That awesome Bostonian life

But wait, there’s more. Moving to Boston implies all sorts of benefits, one of the most important being its geographic position. This means that you can organize awesome weekend trips to amazing destinations. Vermont, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Maine, to name some. All these vacation spots are accessible by bus or train; sometimes it’s just a ferry ride away.

Image of Vermont - a place you could visit after moving to Boston.
Vermont has never been closer.

Also, if you consider yourself a hedonist or just enjoy having a good meal once in a while, Boston will live up to your expectations. Maybe it will even surpass them. Not only is Boston home to well-known restaurants like Prairie Fire, Kava Neo-Taverna or Our Fathers Restaurant & Bar, but it’s a must-see destination for beer lovers as well, as in Boston you can find some of the finest breweries in the US.

Relocating to Boston with a help of a moving company

Whether you’re moving from another town or another state, be sure to bring ease into your life. Hire a professional moving company. As you can see, there are lots to find about The Hub. Things to see, places to go, people to meet. However, if you’re interested in other East Coast cities, have a look at what your options are. We highly recommend diminishing the hassle of this transition by contacting people who already have experience in this area. Have fun moving!

 

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