Moving In

September 1st is a very exciting and busy day in Boston, as most leases begin on this date. Moving vans and delivery trucks clog the streets as thousands of people move into apartments. We’re here to help you prepare! Not moving in September? You may still follow the steps below to ensure a smooth move.

Plan Ahead
  1. Request to move in early. Landlords and management companies may let you move in early if the apartment is available.
  2. Consider moving in a few days later to allow crowds to clear. Classes usually don’t start right on September 1st, giving you some flexibility.
  3. Reserve a moving truck, van or rental car well in advance.
  4. Forward your mail if applicable. Change your address with the post office and notify the electric, and cable company, etc. that you are moving.
  5. Avoid moving things you don’t need. It’s time consuming and physically demanding. Donate items in good condition.
Moving Day
  1. Follow special instructions for September 1 Move-In.
  2. Download the Boston Trash and Recycling App to avoid fines.
  3. Do not move into an unsafe or unsanitary apartment. Contact your landlord immediately or call the City of Boston by dialing 3-1-1. You may also report issues via BOS:311 app or tweet @BOS311 for assistance.
Settling In
  1. When moving in, take pictures of everything once you arrive, even before you unpack. This will ensure the condition of the apartment is documented, and will aid you in receiving your full security deposit back at the end of your tenancy. Complete your Apartment Condition Checklist; save a copy and send a copy to your landlord. If any maintenance is needed, put in a maintenance request.
  2. Set up utilities, purchase or rent furniture, and research rental insurance (more information on our Living Expenses Page).
  3. Schedule deliveries for after September 1st whenever possible.
  4. Create a roommate agreement with your new roomies if you have not already done so!
  5. Download the Northeastern Red Eye app to use the Northeastern NUPD Red Eye van.
  6. Get involved with your community! OCES hosts events such as Breakfast Club and Community Walks!
  7. Introduce yourself to neighbors and share contact information so you can communicate during the year.

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