Moving Guide to Boston
Why is Boston a popular living location? It is a fact that more and more families are choosing this city as a place to raise a family and build a career. If we consider the thriving job market, a fantastic education system, and tasty food, we can only say that Boston is the perfect location. With that in mind, check out this handy moving guide to Boston!
How much will it all cost?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty details of moving to Boston, it is crucial to give you an answer to the most important question of all – how much will it all cost? It is normal that you first check your budget before making any decisions. Especially if we consider the current COVID-19 situation, you should carefully think about everything before making any plans.
First of all, it is no secret that Boston is one of the more expensive cities in the United States. Rent alone can cost around $2,300 for a single bedroom, and about $2,700 for a 2-bedroom apartment. Monthly transit expenses will cost you $85, but the good thing is that the food is actually cheaper than in other US cities. Only about 11% of your household budget will go to food expenses. It is also worth mentioning that Bostonians like to cook more than to go outside for a meal.
If you are considering buying a property in Boston, the median price for a home in Boston is around $750,000.
What is the best time to relocate to Boston?
Considering how cold winters can be in Boston, it is best to move during spring or summer, especially if you are not used to cold weather. However, a lot of moving companies are offering discount prices if you move during winter, so that is also worth thinking about. Everyone is looking for an easy way to settle down in a new state, so it doesn’t hurt to check all of your options.
Best neighborhoods in Boston
Picking the right type of neighborhood in Boston for your family can make a difference. With that in mind, let’s check these areas:
Beacon Hill is for anyone looking for an upscale neighborhood. Rustic cobblestone streets almost seem like out of a dream. Boston Commons and Public Garden are pretty close, and here is where you will find the famous Massachusetts State House. On your off time, you can enjoy a plethora of shops and treat yourself to some fine dining experience, or take a stroll down Acorn Street.
Still, do not forget that the rent will cost you. You absolutely have to know if you can afford a Beacon Hill condo.
If you want to experience an old Italian lifestyle, North End is the place for you. Here is where you will find the best pasta in Boston, and the best Italian shops and coffee places.
This is the destination for most of the students in Boston. Here you can find a lot of college bars and eateries with affordable food, or have a good time in one of the music venues.
Back Bay is also known as the center of Boston’s shopping life. The famous Newbury Street is filled with fine restaurants, prestigious and luxurious shops, and high-end boutiques. Furthermore, Prudential Center is within walking distance.
The reason why South Boston is so popular is due to the new developments and the Waterfront area. The “Southie” is also known for a large number of young families who recently moved there. It is the best place to find nice neighbors and raise children.
Finding a job in Boston
One of the more important aspects of this moving guide to Boston is how to find a well-paid job after your relocation. As I already mentioned before, Boston’s job market is becoming larger and larger, and its industries are of the highest quality. The most thriving sectors are life sciences, technology, and finances.
It is highly recommended to look for a job before you move. If we consider the living cost in Boston, you really don’t want to go on a job hunt in the hopes of finding something. Contact the company of your interest and explain that you are planning a relocation to Boston, and you are looking for a job.
Education in Boston
When considering what the best colleges in Boston are, the first thing to think about is the location. You can either send your kids to a college in Boston, or to one of its suburbs. The most prestigious colleges and universities in Boston are:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Aside from this, Boston also offers a fantastic program for young children, which also includes private tutoring. The best of all, all colleges and educational facilities in Boston are well-connected with the subway system.
Getting around the city
Anyone who moves to a new city has a hard time navigating its streets in the first few weeks. Boston does not make it easy for you, either. Even though there is an abundance of beautiful walking places, I recommend that you get a GPS device as soon as you move. Every driver will get lost at least two or three times.
The transit system is run by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, or also known by its shorter name, “T”. The subway system has 3 lines, orange, red, and blue. Besides that, you have the green line, which is a trolley.
Have in mind that Boston is a city filled with sports events, so the streets may be often crowded due to a game.
And there you have it. I hope that this short moving guide to Boston has enough information to prepare you for this fantastic city. It does cost a bit more, but it eventually pays out in the long run. Once you find a good job, the quality of your life will exponentially grow. Best of luck with your relocation!
Jannette Simmons is a moving expert with seven years of experience in the industry. Being a passionate writer, she now works as a freelance blogger. Jannette’s niche is tips and guides on the subject of moving.