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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

Cambridge Savings
Bank of America

Car Registration
Massachusetts DMV

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

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 
BC Menu

Fun information on special events, restaurant reviews, etc.
Phantom Gourmet
Restuarant Week Boston
Boston Dining Guide
TD Banknorth Garden: Home of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins, as well as concerts and other events
Movie Times/Theatres

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.