Immigrate to Boston: Things to know when moving and living in Boston

Whether you have decided to accept a new job or you are moving to Boston to study, Eurosender provides the best relocation services at the lowest cost. If you plan to immigrate to the USA, send your personal belongings, urgent documents and even furniture with Eurosender. You can estimate the cost of moving to Boston and learn everything you need to know about visa regulations, education, healthcare system and much more in this guide.

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THE BASICS

Things to know when moving to Boston

Being one of the oldest cities in the USA and the arena of many dramatic events in American history, Boston attracts many tourists and immigrants. Among other things, Boston was the first city in the USA with a public park, a subway system, and a public school. Expats from all over the world move to Boston looking for a new life or job. If you are one of them, check the complete guide we have prepared about immigrating and living in Boston before you start your relocation.
Location:
The United States
Timezone
UTC -5
Currency
The United States dollar (USD)
Population
695.000
Official Language
No official language
Dialling code
+1205
Emergency number
911
Driving
On the right side

BEFORE MOVING

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Visa regulations when moving to the USA

The visa regulations that apply when you move to Boston are the same as for the rest of the country. We recommend contacting your local American embassy to determine which type of visa you should apply for and what documents you need.

A non-immigrant visa is issued for people who don’t have intentions to settle in the USA and will return to their home country when the visa expires. Non-immigrant visas types are student visa, tourist visa, business visa.

Immigrant visas can be given if you have a relative or employer living in the country. These visas include family visa, employment visa, adoption visa, investor visa.

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Property information. Rentals in Boston

Rent prices in Boston are way above the national average for the country. The average price for 1 square metre when buying an apartment is $4000-$9,000 so, buying property might not be your first choice when you relocate in Boston. If you are moving to Boston as a student or alone for work, you can rent a one-bedroom apartment in the suburbs for $1,500 per month. If you are immigrating to Boston with family, a three-bedroom apartment will cost you around $2,800 per month.


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LIVING IN BOSTON

The cost of living in Boston

Boston is one of the most expensive cities in the USA. Housing will take up a substantial part of your budget. The average monthly salary in Boston is less than $6000. The average cost of living in Boston is about 40% higher than the American average.

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The job market in Boston: how to find a job?

The job opportunities in Boston attract many expats to relocate there. The most popular areas are finance, life sciences, and technology. Other fields that offer many job opportunities are educational and governmental sectors. The job market in Boston is extremely competitive, so make sure that you have the right qualifications when you apply for a job.

Another hurdle is that your future employer has to prove that there wasn’t an American citizen to fulfil the job. But if you work for an international company that has an office in Boston, it should be easier to immigrate to Boston.


School and education in Boston

The educational system in Boston is highly developed and the city is famous for accommodating institutions such as Harvard University, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Cambridge, Boston University, and Boston College.

There are about 125 public schools to choose from when you relocate to Boston with children. However, keep in mind that your kids can only attend a certain school when living in the corresponding area. So, when you are moving to Boston with children, don’t forget to explore the education facilities in that specific area.

Pre-school education
Age: 3-6
Compulsory: No
Elementary school
Age: 6-12
Compulsory: Yes
Secondary school
Age: 12-18
Compulsory: Yes

Healthcare in Boston

Expats living in Boston have access to excellent healthcare and hospitals connected to the best medical schools in the world. Healthcare in Boston is overseen by the Boston Public Health Commission, the oldest health department in the US. Pharmacies are widely available in Boston, from large chain stores to smaller local outlets; some of these are open 24/7. Expats moving to Boston should ensure that they have healthcare insurance to have access to the top medical facilities in the city.


Driving in Boston. Should I get a US driving licence?

To avoid driving in Boston during busy peak hours, many people prefer to use public transport. When you live close to your work, you can also use a bicycle or walk as many Bostonians do. However, if this is not always a viable option, it is good to have a car and a valid driving licence.

In Boston, just like in the USA, you can drive with an International Driving Permit (IDP) for a maximum of 3 months. After this period, you need to apply for a local driving licence.

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What else you should know about living in Boston

We gathered some more facts you need to know when relocating to Boston to work or study.

  • Sports is one of the most significant forms of entertainment in Boston. Games are played almost every day, so keep yourself informed to discuss the recent games with colleagues and friends.
  • You might not have heard about the “T”, but it is the public transport system in Boston. With more than 1.3 million passengers a year it is one of the busiest public transport services in the country.
  • Boston is full of colleges and universities, so if you prefer living in a quiet place, do plenty of research before you decide which neighbourhood to call home.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

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Moving to Boston from the United Kingdom

There is a prominent British community in Boston, so when you are thinking of moving to Boston from the UK, you can be sure that you will easily find someone to drink a pint with and discuss politics. So, when you are ready to immigrate to Boston, turn to Eurosender and benefit from the international removal services to Boston we provide.

Moving to Boston from Australia

When you decide to make the step to immigrate to Boston from Australia, with Eurosender you get fast and reliable door-to-door shipping services. Whether you are moving to Boston for work or study, you need to get ready for relocation properly. Get the lowest cost for international removals to Boston with the Eurosender platform.

Moving to Boston from Canada

With Boston being relatively close to the Canadian border, it is a small step to pack up your stuff and relocate to this bustling metropolis. Canadians are used to harsh winters that seem to last forever, so moving to Boston will be a positive climate change among many other benefits. Moving to Boston from Canada is even easier with Eurosender.


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