When you decide you want to move to Boston, you need to know what to expect. Relocating to a new city is already stressful enough, but Boston isn’t like any other city. It’s a bit different and there are some tips you specifically need when moving to Boston.
Learn How to Navigate a Rotary
If you plan to drive your own car, you will need to know how to navigate a rotary in Boston. This isn’t always an easy thing for new drivers in Boston.
A rotary is a circular urban structure with traffic flowing counterclockwise at speeds up to 35 mph. There are actually three types of circular intersections in Boston and a rotary is just one of them. You will also find traffic circles and roundabouts throughout the city.
When navigating a rotary, remember yield signs mean slow down and only stop if you must. It’s also good to use your turn signal and make sure you remain visible. Remember, you can go around twice, if necessary.
Get a Handbook, if Renting
Knowing your tenant rights is vital if you plan to rent in Boston. You need to make sure you have the right guide to help you. This Tenant Rights Guide will ensure you have all the information you need when renting in Boston.
Discover how to Take the T & Get Used to Walking
The T is the subway system in Boston and it can be a bit confusing. Since Boston is a larger city, you need to know how to navigate public transportation and you need to get used to walking.
Walking is the way many Bostonians get around. However, those not walking or needing to go across the city often use the T. This subway offers an easy way to move around the city and it’s a great way to get around without a car.
There are five lines to the T, which will take you to several locations throughout Boston. AS a resident, it’s best to get a CharlieTicket, which will make riding the T cheaper and easier. You can also get an unlimited monthly pass for less than $100, which includes both the subway and the bus.
Make sure you pay attention to the subway map and you know whether you need an inbound or outbound train. You should learn which lines take you to which attractions.
You’ll want to know the T and get used to walking unless you love traffic. Boston is known for having some crazy traffic and you won’t want to get stuck in it very often.
Know When Students Will be Moving
When students move, it’s nearly impossible to find a moving truck and the city becomes a cluster of moving trucks taking up the streets. You should know when the students are moving in and moving out.
Usually, the moving of students happens in Boston at the end of August and early September. Some student may also arrive in mid-August if they want to arrive early. They usually move out in early May. Avoid moving to Boston during these times of the year unless you want it to take three times as long as it should.
Don’t Ever Say “Pahk Yah Cah in Hahvahd Yahd”
Just a touch of friendly advice, don’t say “Pahk Yah Cah in Hahvahd Yahd” or you might get punched in the face.
Be Ready for Winter
Winter is very wet and soggy in Boston, you want to be prepared for this, especially if you’re not used to winter weather on the east coast.
Know When the T Stops Running
If you stay out late, you will need to know when the T stops running. When this happens Uber, Lyft, and a taxi become your only public transportation options.
The stopping time will vary depending on the day of the week and the line. Typically, the T stops between 12am and 1am.
When moving to Boston, you want to make sure you’re prepared. These seven tips will give you a good head start and help you acclimate to the city.