Tips and Tricks for Surviving Boston Move Week in the North End / Waterfront

September 1 is fast approaching and with it, the flip of 75% of Boston’s rental leases. Combine this with tens of thousands of college students returning to the city for the new school year, and you’ve got moving chaos. Don’t fret! Whether you’re moving in or out of the neighborhood, or are a continuing resident just trying to make it through the storm, we’ve got you covered with these helpful tips.

Moving Truck Permit MapParking in the North End / Waterfront is never easy. Add over 150 moving permits and the neighborhood can feel like an impossible gridlock. Use this map to check if your parking space just became a tow zone. (Give it a minute to load, there’s a lot of data points!) If you’re a new resident planning to keep your car in the city, you can find resources on parking permits and tickets (hopefully how to avoid them!) here.

Get Involved in Your New Community
There are many ways to get involved in the North End / Waterfront neighborhood, as well as the greater Boston community. Start here to learn about volunteer opportunities, politics (register to vote!), city events and more. Looking to get involved in the neighborhood? Check out our page of North End / Waterfront Community Organizations.

Learn About Neighborhood Services
Each Boston neighborhood has a coordinator who you can email to express concerns or opinions you’d like to share with City Hall. The contact for the North End / Waterfront is Maria Lanza. Read about other community services including the very important trash & recycling guide here.

Download the App
There are many City of Boston apps you can use to get alerts and report problems. BOS:311 is one such app that allows residents to report non-emergency issues like potholes and trash. We have a weekly column highlighting North End / Waterfront reports here. You can also sign up for Boston emergency alerts.

More moving questions? is a good place to start.

Signup for our Newsletter
Lastly, and most important, sign up for the Newsletter to stay up to date with all the “Neighborhood News & Views” you will need to know.

Good luck with the move, and welcome to the neighborhood!

One Reply to “Tips and Tricks for Surviving Boston Move Week in the North End / Waterfront

  1. Simplest solution for those who live in the neighborhood year round and are not moving – get out of town for the long weekend if you can! We’ve done that the last several years and it works well!

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