Ultimate Guide For Moving To Allston / Brighton

The Allston/Brighton neighborhoods of Boston are home to many young professionals, college students, and families alike. These neighborhoods offer a wide range of residential properties. You’ll find single family homes, duplexes, apartment buildings, dorm rooms, and condos. This guide will offer great tips and references for anybody who is moving to Allston or Brighton.

1. Before You Move

Moving Permit – Unless you have access to a parking lot, driveway, or loading dock, you’ll want to get a parking permit for your move. Permits can be obtained from City Hall in Boston at the Government Center T Stop on the Green Line. For more info, see: Boston Parking Permits.

Change of Address – In the week before you move, you should update your address with the RMV, Post Office, your own bank, and any bills or periodicals that will continue being sent to you.

RMV – In most circumstances, you can save a trip to a physical office by completing the form at the Mass RMV Website. If you do need to visit the RMV in person, the closest location is at 550 Arsenal St, Watertown.

Post Office – Once again, for most purposes, you can update your address via the web. Here is a link to the USPS site for updating your address. If you do need to visit a local branch, they are located at 424 Washington St, Brighton or 47 Harvard Ave, Allston.

Local Utilities – The following companies provide utilities for the area. If you already have their services, you should be able to transfer your account to the new location.

National Grid – National Grid provides natural gas as well as electricity for areas in Allston and Brighton. Click for more info.

NStar – NStar also provides natural gas and electricity to areas in Allston and Brighton. Click for more info.

Cable/Internet Services – The following companies provide service to Allston and Brighton




2. Settling In

• Resident Parking Permit – Even if you have your own driveway, having a resident parking permit is a good idea for all vehicle owners in the city. Not only that, but permits are free of charge. View this helpful link for more info.

  • Supermarkets in the area – It won’t be difficult to find the essential items at convenience stores or markets in these neighborhoods. However, finding the supermarkets can be a bit more difficult.

Super Stop & Shop – Located at 60 Everett St, Allston

Shaw’s Allston – Located at 1065 Commonwealth Ave, Allston

Shaw’s/Star Market Brighton – Located at 370 Western Ave, Brighton

  • Local Taxi Service – Certain times and locations, it can be easy to hail a cab on the fly. However, it can be a good idea to call to schedule a pickup. The following are a few Taxi Companies that service the area.

AJB Transportation

Hello Taxi Transportation

Brookline Taxi Cab

Allston Taxi

Quick Reference 

Boston Police Department – (617) 343-4260

301 Washington StBrighton, MA 02135

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center  – (617) 789-3000

736 Cambridge StBrighton, MA 02135

Mount Auburn Hospital – (617) 492-3500

330 Mt. Auburn St.Cambridge, MA 02138