On September 1, 2020, students will be moving into Boston’s neighborhoods. Some of you will be moving in, while others will be moving out. Traffic can be difficult during this time; review the information, guidelines, and requirements below to make your experience a positive one.

Before Moving on September 1st

  • Download and print the September 1 parking pass for your vehicle to use on September 1. This pass (to be filled out and placed on your dashboard) will be your ONE HOUR parking pass in the Mission Hill and Fenway neighborhoods on 9/1. Not moving to Mission Hill or Fenway? Visit the “Not Moving to Mission Hill or Fenway Neighborhoods?” section.
  • Schedule your COVID-19 test on or as close to your arrival time to Boston as possible.
  • Make a move-in plan with your roommates. Strategize so you are not moving in at the same time or even on the same day.
  • Limit your belongings to be able to move in with as few trips as possible.
  • Limit who will help you move to one person to reduce the number of people in and out of your off-campus apartment.
  • Plan to bring a mask, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. You must wear your mask at all times during move-in.
  • Read your lease to understand any move-in requirements and how to retrieve your keys, meet your landlord, and/or know what time you’re able to move in.
  • Review our general tips for moving in to ensure you can plan ahead and settle into your new apartment, including downloading the BOS:311 app to report non-emergencies to the city.

On September 1st Move-In Day

COVID-19 Guidelines & Requirements

  • Masks or face coverings must always be worn in outdoor spaces, both off-campus and on-campus, and inside campus buildings. Wear masks and face coverings in the common areas of your off-campus building/house, such as entryways, stairwells, elevators and hallways, and only remove them inside your apartment.
  • Maintain healthy distancing of 6 feet to minimize close contact, both outside and in common areas indoor.
  • Limit or restrict guests from entering your off-campus apartment, including neighbors within your building.
  • Once move-in is completed, students must enter quarantine until their first negative test result is received from Northeastern’s testing facility.
  • During your quarantine until receipt of your first negative test result, you are to not go in common areas of your apartment, but remain in your bedroom with the exception of the following:
    • Receive your scheduled COVID-19 test at the campus testing facility.
    • Picking up food delivery, and use of the kitchen and bathroom.
    • Use of your assigned shared floor bathroom, if applicable, while wearing masks or face coverings and limiting time spent in the bathroom to essential use.
    • Receiving urgent medical care.

Traffic Flow & Parking on September 1st in Mission Hill & Fenway 

  • Bring your parking pass with you to display on your dashboard if you’re moving into Mission Hill or Fenway. Be sure to fill it out with all required information (name, phone number, time arrived, etc.)
  • Boston Police will be directing traffic in Mission Hill and Fenway and some streets will have restricted parking.
  • All vehicles will have ONE hour to load and unload on the Mission Hill and Fenway streets. After one hour is up, you must move to overflow parking, which includes North Lot and Columbus Garage for the Fenway area and the Parker Street surface lot and Columbus Garage for the Mission Hill area. To gain entry into North Lot and Columbus Garage, use the off-campus pin code indicated on your parking pass. Note that if you move your car to North Lot, you will only be able to park there for one additional hour.
    • North Lot on 9/1: Located on St. Stephens Street. You may park in North Lot for one additional hour, after which you may proceed to Columbus Garage. North Lot closes at 6:00pm on 9/1.
    • Columbus Garage on 9/1: Located at 795 Columbus Ave. No hourly limit on 9/1. Columbus Garage closes at 11:00pm on 9/1.
  • If you are moving out of your apartment, you will have the same ONE hour limit to load and then move your vehicle. No non-resident vehicles will be permitted to stay parked on the streets during the day on September 1.
  • Strict enforcement of the ONE hour policy will be in effect. There will be a zero-tolerance policy for double-parking; violators may be ticketed/towed.
  • Avoid bringing oversize vehicles. The only overflow lot available for large vehicles is the Parker Street surface lot. Columbus Garage does not allow moving trucks and has a strict clearance.

Resources Available on September 1st in Mission Hill & Fenway

  • Have questions? Volunteers with large signs will be available on the street corners of Mission Hill and Fenway neighborhoods to answer all your questions. You can also email [email protected] with the subject “September 1 Question,” or call 617-373-8480, and we’ll get back to you within the hour between 9:00am and 6:00pm ET!
  • Need a hamper to help transport your items? Hampers are only available in the Fenway neighborhood in North Lot on 9/1. They may be borrowed for the day on 9/1 only, and will be available from 8:30 – 5:00pm ET. Ensure you have an ID with you to sign out a hamper.

Not Moving to Mission Hill or Fenway Neighborhoods? 

  • The parking pass mentioned above only applies for the Mission Hill & Fenway neighborhoods. If you have questions about parking on September 1st in other neighborhoods, visit the City of Boston’s website for tips on the September 1 move-in.
  • Have questions? You can email [email protected] with the subject “September 1 Question,” or call 617-373-8480 on 9/1, and we’ll get back to you within the hour between the hours of 9am-6pm!

Important Tips for New Residents  

  • Be mindful of neighbors. Not everyone on the street may be moving. Many neighbors are permanent residents with young children and full-time jobs. Do not cross through yards. Keep activity noise level low. Wear your mask at all times while moving-in and outdoors and in building common areas after move-in.
  • Properly dispose of your trash. Do not block fire hydrants, sidewalks or alleys.
  • If you can, introduce yourself to neighbors (while wearing a mask and healthy distancing at 6 feet), and share contact information verbally so you can communicate during the year.
  • 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.

Moving Out?

  • If moving out of an apartment, be sure to read your lease for specific move-out instructions. Take pictures of everything when you leave to document the condition of the apartment upon departure.  This may affect the security deposit you receive back.
  • Read our other general tips for moving out to ensure you follow appropriate guidelines and get your full security deposit back.

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