The City of Waltham, Massachusetts is a very diverse one! Whether you’re looking for a place downtown, a single-family home, or even duplexes, you’ll find it in Waltham. There are also plenty of options for students, as the city is home to both Bentley and Brandeis Universities. Waltham is also a great city to start (or grow) your business. Waltham has a wide range of office, retail, and industrial spaces. No matter what your reason is for moving to Waltham, this guide will help get you on the right track!
1. Before You Move
- Change of Address – The week before you move, you should update your address with the RMV, Post Office, your bank(s), and for any bills or periodicals that you have.
- 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 need to visit a local branch, there are three in Waltham:
- 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 Waltham
Verizon (FiOS Available in certain areas only)
2. Settling In
Points of Interest – Waltham is a very self-contained city in a lot of regards. Here are some places that you’ll want to check out.
Moody Street – My favorite part of Waltham is on Moody Street. There is a wide array of restaurants, shops, markets, a cinema, residences and other useful places. We love food, and options range from the delectable Solea (Tapas and other Spanish fare) to great Italian food & atmosphere at Biagio and great American food and craft beers at Watch City Brewing Company.
Main Street – Right around the corner from Moody Street is Main Street, which continues the trend of interesting shops, markets, restaurants, and more. There’s John Brewer’s Tavern & Restaurant for great food, awesome specials, and a nice patio. One of the finer Italian restaurants in the area is Campania Trattoria. There are plenty of quick sandwich shops and other choices as well!
Bentley University – http://www.bentley.edu/
Brandeis University – http://www.brandeis.edu/
Supermarkets in the area – There are a few options for supermarkets in Waltham. Wholesale fans will be pleased to know that there is a Costco as well as a BJ’s, for all your bulk buying needs!
Public Transportation – Waltham has bus services that connect to Boston, Cambridge or Watertown. The commuter rail also stops in Waltham. See the MBTA’s site for more info.
Local Taxi Service – The following are a few companies which provide taxi services to the Waltham area.
Waltham Police Department – (781)-642-6166
Waltham Urgent Care Center – (781)-243-5590
Children’s Hospital Boston at Waltham – (781) 216-2000