Moving Overseas

Moving to Boston

Moving to Boston

Are you moving to Boston, USA?

Crown are an international moving company, specialising in international removals, storage, overseas moving, movers insurance, relocation services and lots more. We will even relocate your vehicle and pets!

Our team is available to answer any relocation questions you may have. They can be reached between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday on 0508 227 696 or email nz@crownrelo.com

Introduction

Boston, Massachusetts in north-eastern United States will forever be known to school children for the Boston Tea Party. The city is one of the oldest in the United States, founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England, Boston and its inhabitants played a significant role in the American Revolution. The city is proud of its colonial roots, which is reflected in the historic architecture and helps to attract some 12 million visitors from around the world each year to this charismatic city.

Modern Boston has developed from these humble beginnings, now there are many colleges and universities such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which have made the city an international centre of higher education and medicine. With an estimated population of some 617,000 the larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston is home to 4.4 million people. It’s a vibrant, thriving city renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, sports teams (think of the Boston Red Sox), as well as its place at the very forefront of American history.

Whilst Boston will always be associated with the American Revolution - after all the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired on Lexington Green, walking the Freedom Trail within the city is a must for any visitor or new resident who has just moved to the city. However, there are many other attractions such as the Salem Witch Museum, Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), the Museum of Fine Arts, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod or Boston Harbour. For more details of the city and its attractions, a good place to start is the official tourist website at www.massvacation.com

Visas/Permits

New Zealanders need an Immigrant Visa to be able to live in the USA and details of how to obtain one can be found at the United States Diplomatic Mission to New Zealand’s website.

Money

The official currency of the United States of America is the US Dollar, shops and service providers will only accept the US Dollar. Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents, and notes in $1, 2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills.

The best way to convert large sums of money is through online transfer companies who provide a much cheaper rate. Crown has entered into a partnership with NZForex to provide an easy, reliable and cost effective solution for clients who are moving their funds internationally. The deals offered by NZForex are at super competitive exchange rates and in most cases there's no fee. The cost structure is so good that the savings you make may even pay for the entire cost of your relocation. Click here for more information.

Transport

Boston has an excellent public transport system incorporating trains, buses, ferries and the subway, details of all these options can found at www.mbta.com

If you do choose to drive in Boston the first point to bear in mind is that in the US they drive on the opposite side of the road to that in New Zealand.

For those planning to live in Boston a car will be useful, but when it comes to commuting the public transport system is again recommended, as whilst there is resident’s parking available in most suburbs it is limited.
You can drive in the US on a NZ drivers licence but only for a short period. The US Embassy in New Zealand recommends that you apply for an International Driver Permit and if staying in the US you should apply for a US driving licence.
Logan International Airport serves the Boston area and has over 40 domestic and international airlines operating from it, most major countries have direct flights to and from Boston.

Education

There are over 100 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area, with more than 250,000 students attending college in Boston and Cambridge alone. In terms of the local schooling system there are both private and public education services available for children in America. Most expatriates choose to enrol their children in private or independent schools, this is because state schools are generally based on ‘catchment areas’.

The school year begins in September and ends in June, typical school-days run Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm, although this can depend upon the age of the children.

Students generally travel to school by car with their parents or in some cases take the school bus (the bright yellow ones you see in the movies), others will cycle or walk.

Crown Relocations can arrange an appointment with a Specialist Education consultant who can provide an in-depth explanation of local education systems, the curricula available and arranging interviews, as well as assist with enrolment requirements. Please contact us for information and rates.

Health

America has a public health-care system called Medicare however most people take out private insurance as well. If the insurance company you were with in New Zealand is a member of the International Federation of Health Funds you may be able to transfer your policy to the USA without penalty, at a similar level of cover. Check with your insurance provider for details or visit www.ifhp.com.

Accommodation

If you choose to move to Boston, finding a place to live is a key component and the deciding factor for expats is normally how close you need to be to your work or your children’s school. The cost of accommodation and commuting to work are also significant considerations.
Rather than purchasing a home most expatriates choose to rent, at least at first. This is because house (and apartment) prices in Boston are expensive. Looking for a home in Boston can quite often be a daunting task, Crown can advise on rental accommodation or purchasing properties and can also arrange temporary accommodation.

Networking

Boston‘s unique mix of colonial history and modern business environment means that you are bound to meet people from all walks of life. Expatriates commonly assimilate into the community through the sports and hobbies they are interested in. Social media is also a great way to get to know like-minded people.

Next steps

Crown Relocations has 50 years of international moving experience relocating individuals and families to Boston and throughout the USA. Contact us today for more information about our services.

To arrange a moving quote call our office Free on 0508 227 696, get an online Ballpark estimate, complete our Home Visit Request or get a Full Quote or email us now at nz@crownrelo.com

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