So you just got the e-mail, your new school/job/opportunity is in, or near, our great city, Boston, MA! Congratulations! You are about to become a part of one of the most historic cities our country has to offer. Here are a few things you need to know about “Beantown” before you drive through I-93.
1) Big City Budget
Before moving to any new place, it is good to sit down and go through your budget for housing, parking and/or commuting, and even moving expenses. Here in Boston, housing and rental prices tend to be higher than most other places in the U.S. Deciding where to live can also have an effect on housing prices and commuting costs. Maybe you want to pay less for housing and live further out, but your commuting costs may tick up as you get further away from the city center. The time of year you are moving can also have an effect on inventory. Most people move to Boston in September, due to our large student population.
Budget Tip: Sharing an apartment with a roommate can be a good choice if you are looking to save some money once you’re in the city. Many people in Boston share their houses with multiple roommates to save some cash!
2. Walk the Walk
Bostonians know the value in a good pair of commuting shoes. Our transit system, the “T”, gets you most places you need to go, but once you are there you will want to explore. Make sure to invest in some summer/spring/fall commuting shoes, but also some comfortable winter boots.
Budget Tip: Boston has a good number of outlets; check the outlets for good options first and then branch out from there.
3. Explore More
Boston is full of fun, interesting and historical places. While you are living in Boston try taking full advantage of what the city has to offer! This doesn’t just include the Freedom Trail, but also the Old State House, the Bunker Hill Monument, and our famous Harvard Yard. Boston Common is a great place to go to sit in the grass and enjoy a picnic, while enjoying many of the park performers. If you are more interested in the arts, the Museum of Fine Art is easily accessible on the Green Line.
Budget Tip: There are tons of free events in the area or discount days for special groups. Keep an eye out for “Fun Fridays” at museums across the state of Massachusetts.
4. Sports City
Are you a fan of being a fan? Boston is a great city to catch a big game in all seasons. Bostonians take their team sports extremely seriously. Take in a Celtics Game at TD Garden or head down to Foxborough to cheer on The Pats. If you would rather play than watch, there are many different parks in the Boston area to enjoy swimming, tennis, and open fields for group games. If you prefer water sports, you can kayak, canoe, or sail along our many waterfronts.
Budget Tip: Ask if your employer or university offers discounted tickets for games in the area. Most offer these as a typical perk of their benefits office.
5. Enjoy Every Moment
Boston is a city full of great experiences, be sure to take advantage of all that Boston has to offer. Be ready to do new things, learn more, and have a little bit of fun!
COVID-19 Tip: Most of Boston’s attractions have adapted to provide ample social distancing and safety measures. Before heading out, be sure to visit their website to learn more about their new COVID-19 policies.