Moving to Boston can be a huge transition. You will need to pack up your life and move it across the country or around the world, figure out what you want to do for work in this new area, look for an apartment or house that suits your needs, all before you even start unpacking. But before you make the big move and pack your bags, we recommend checking out these 9 best tips for newcomers to the city.
1. You can’t beat the seasons in Boston
The seasons are probably one of Boston’s biggest attractions. If you have grown up in a place where it is always sunny, or if you are coming from somewhere very cold, you will definitely enjoy this area because there are four distinct seasons, but none of them last too long! The average temperature for each season is listed below. Keep in mind that these temperatures vary greatly depending on where you live and if you are inland or near the water.
During spring, the city enjoys an average temperature of around 53 degrees Fahrenheit (12C) during springtime. This is when everything starts to turn green again after the long winter months. The fantastic weather makes this a great time to walk around and explore more of Boston. We recommend going to a Red Sox baseball game or taking a walk along the Charles River Esplanade.
2. You will be walking a lot.
While you can easily get around Boston by subway, bus, taxi, biking and even train if you are coming from Providence, Rhode Island, it is important to know that this city was made for walking. In fact, there are over 130 parks throughout the city of Boston alone! There is no better way to really immerse yourself in this culture than just putting on your sneakers and hitting the pavement with hundreds of other walkers at your side. If you want to go somewhere with no traffic and feel like you have left the big city behind, we recommend heading to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain or the always popular Boston Common.
3. The accent is real, but not as bad as you think.
You have probably never heard a real Boston accent unless you are from New England before. It is definitely different than any other American accent and takes a little while to get used to, but it is not as strong as you may have thought. Many people who have just moved here say that they start picking up the accent after living here a few weeks. If you really can’t stand it and want to get rid of your ” Boston-ness”, we recommend either taking some Accent Reduction classes or listening to lots of podcasts from other parts of the country until your ear adjusts.
4. New England food is great, but nothing beats Boston Cream Pie
Be warned that if you come to Boston, you will be eating a lot of New England style food such as Boston Baked Beans (not the kind with pork), Lobster Mac and Cheese; Clam Chowder served in a bread bowl and more. There are bakeries on every corner, and pastries must be in your blood because this city has some of the best desserts in the world. And let’s not forget about our famous dessert, Boston Cream Pie. It’s a vanilla cake filled with custard or pudding, slathered in chocolate ganache, and topped with a white icing glaze. You can find it at most bakeries in the city, but we recommend trying Flour Bakery for the best and most authentic version.
5. The T is your best friend.
The subway, or “T”, as Bostonians call it, is one of the oldest and most efficient in the United States. It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and covers almost all of Boston (and some of Cambridge). The subway can be confusing at first, but you will be able to navigate it like a pro with a little practice.
We recommend downloading the “MBTA Subway” app on your phone, which will help you plan your trip, see when the next train is coming and even tell you which exit to take when you get off.
6. Bike lanes are everywhere.
Whether you want to bike for fun, exercise, or just save some money on transportation, Boston is a great city for biking. There are over 115 miles of bike lanes in the city, and it is home to hundreds of bike commuters every day.
With tons of bike shops scattered throughout the city, you will never be too far away from having your bike fixed if anything goes wrong. We recommend joining one of the many social rides that happen every Thursday (that’s right – they ride during the winter) or visiting Hubway to rent a shared bicycle stationed throughout the city. It’s easy.
7. College students are everywhere, especially at night!
With more than 100 colleges and universities located within an hour radius of Boston, it is a college town through and through. Many students come to the city for a taste of big city life during their school breaks but stay after they graduate. The people you meet from this area will be some of the most diverse you have ever met, with men sporting full Harvard accents and women who can hardly speak at all. Be prepared for anything.
8. There are no mountains in Boston, just skyscrapers.
You will quickly realize that there is nothing more than a few hills in Boston and that many areas look like huge parking lots (because they once were). If you want to get on top of something taller than 5 feet, we recommend taking the T to the Financial District and walking to the top of the Prudential Tower for some amazing views of the city.
9. Breweries are popping up all over the place.
In recent years, craft breweries have been on the rise in Boston. There are now over 20 breweries in and around Boston, most of which offer tours and tastings. We recommend visiting Harpoon Brewery in South Boston, Trillium Brewing Company in Fort Point or Jack’s Abby Brewing in Framingham. And be sure to check out our comprehensive guide to local breweries here.
Boston is a city that has something for everyone. Whether you are a college student looking for a new and exciting place to live, a young professional in search of vibrant nightlife or just someone looking for a great place to eat, Boston will not disappoint. Are you ready and convinced to move in Boston? Let our reliable Boston cleaning professionals help you. Call us now to get your free quote and let’s discuss your move in cleaning needs.