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Relocating to Boston

boston area services


Whether you're new to Boston, to Massachusetts, to New England, or to the United States itself, the information provided on this page will connect you to many important online resources to assist you in your move to Boston.

Areavibes offers helpful tips and livability scores for cities and towns in the Boston area featuring multiple factors including amenities, cost of living, crime, education, etc.

Check out the parking regulations for you new area:


Boston (Allston/Brighton Area)


Also check out these websites to see how you can obtain a temporay moving permit. For a fee the permit will allow you to block off parking spaces near your new home so you can unload your moving truck, pod or car.

Please check with your landlord with which utlity company you should contact.

Eversource (previously NStar), electric & gas service
National Grid (Massachusetts Electric) gas service
Verizon, phone, internet access
AT&T, phone
Comcast, phone, internet access, cable TV
RCN, phone, internet access, cable TV

Automobile Registration, Driver’s license and Massachusetts ID


Boston Neighborhoods



Emergency Response




Take Out Menus

Special events, restaurant reviews, etc



Cambridge Savings
Bank of America

The American Dental Association's online dentist search tool
1st Dentist, find a dentist
Emergency Dentist Listing
1-800-Dentist, a toll-free and free dentist telephone search service
Boston University Student Dental Plan web-site
Boston University offers a dental insurance plan, which is available to BC students, spouses, and children.

American Medical Association Physician Search
Massachusetts General Hospital Physician Search
Brigham and Women's Hospital Physician Search
Boston Central, a doctor referral service

Emergency Response

Boston College Police Department (On Campus)

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (Off Campus)

State of Massachusetts
City of Boston
City of Newton
City of Allston/Brighton
Town of Brookline


Boston Central, listing of the major hospitals in the Boston Area


Movie Theaters/Showtimes



Fogg, Sackler and Busch-Reisinger

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Science

New England Aquarium


Take Out Menus


Fun information on special events, restaurant reviews, etc.

TD Banknorth Garden Home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins as well as concerts and other events.  Check the calendar for events


Shows and Dance Performances


Victim Assistance Services
MOVA (The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance is an independent state agency devoted to upholding and advocating the rights of crime victims and witnesses.