Cambridge, Massachusetts is a great city for students, families, and businesses. It is home to some of the most prestigious colleges in the world. It offers residential neighborhoods as well as towers, dorms/campuses, and plenty of offerings for commercial real estate. If you are moving to Cambridge, this guide will help get you ready to go!
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. Cambridge allows online applications for obtaining moving permits at the following URL: Cambridge Moving Van Permits
• Change of Address – The week before you move, you should update your address with the RMV, Post Office, your own bank(s), and for any bills or periodicals that you receive.
– RMV – In most circumstances, you can save a trip to the RMV by completing the form at the Mass RMV Website. If you do need to visit the RMV in person, the two closest locations are 550 Arsenal St, Watertown and 630 Washington St, Boston.
– Post Office – Like the RMV, most change-of-address transactions can be completed online at https://moversguide.usps.com/. If you do need to visit a local branch, there are actually seven to choose from in Cambridge. To find the closest one, click on the following URL: Find a USPS Location
• 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 Cambridge. Click for more info.
– NStar – NStar also provides natural gas and electricity to areas in Cambridge. Click for more info.
- Cable/Internet Services – The following companies provide service to Allston and Brighton
– Verizon (FiOS Available in certain areas only)
2. Settling In
• Resident Parking Permit – Even if you have your own driveway or parking spot, having a resident parking permit is a good idea for all vehicle owners in the city. Permits are only $20 for all who qualify. Cambridge does offer temporary passes that you may need to acquire while you are waiting for your vehicle registration info to update. For complete info, visit http://www2.cambridgema.gov/traffic/rpp.cfm.
• Points of Interest – To say that Cambridge has a rich and diverse range of cultures throughout the city is a huge understatement. It’s just packed with greatness. Some of the best restaurants, shops, bars, clubs, and theaters in New England are located in Cambridge. Here are a few of our favorite Cambridge neighborhoods. Each location is home to dozens of places that will appeal to all people. We recommend spending a day or two getting acquainted with each area
Harvard Square – The Harvard campus itself is lush with history and classic Boston/Cambridge appeal. Find all the goodies at http://harvardsquare.com/.
Central Square – Central Square offers robust nightlife, choice dining options, great shops and markets, and much more. It is home to one of the Boston area’s most revered clubs, The Middle East. For more info, visit: http://www.centralsquarecambridge.com/.
Porter Square – Located on the Cambridge/Somerville line, Porter Square is home to more amazing restaurants, shops, and more. Yelp has a good list of establishments in the area that will help you narrow down your choices.
Kendall Square – Continuing the trend of excellent food, shopping, and more is Kendall Square. We love to grab a bite to eat and a fresh brew at Cambridge Brewing Company and heading to the lovely and historic Kendall Square Cinema. It’s also home to MIT. http://www.kendallsquare.org/
Fresh Pond Area – Joggers, bicyclists and nature enthusiasts will love the scenery around Fresh Pond. There are some great shops & markets, a cinema, and a handful of dining options. You may know that Alewife is the last stop on the Red line, and the stop is a hub to connect you to various buses.
Supermarkets in Cambridge – Cambridge has a wide variety of supermarkets to choose from, in addition to the many convenience stores and markets in each neighborhood. Here are a few choices that may appeal to you.
– Shaw’s/Star Market – There are three Shaw’s/Star Market stores in Cambridge.
– Whole Foods Market – Whole Foods also has three markets in Cambridge
– Trader Joe’s – Trader Joe’s has two markets in Cambridge
• Public Transportation – Cambridge is connected to the MBTA through the Red Line, as well as dozens of bus routes, giving you easy access to Boston, Watertown, Waltham, and beyond. For pickup locations and maps, visit http://www.mbta.com/
• Local Taxi Service – During certain times and locations, it is possible to hail a cab on the street. However, we generally recommend calling ahead to schedule a pickup. Here are a few of the companies that provide Taxi Service to the Cambridge area:
Cambridge Police Department – (617) 349-3300
Mount Auburn Hospital –(617) 492-3500
Cambridge Health Alliance – (617) 665-1000