The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Tips for Getting Acclimated in Boston

If you’re new to Boston, many exciting things await you. As a newbie, though, you may not know how to go about making new friends. Don’t fret—we’ve put together some tips for getting to know your neighbors and putting down roots in Beantown.

Basic Etiquette

When you were young, you and your family may have gone across the street to introduce yourselves to the neighbors with a plate of cookies or brownies in hand. The same concept applies to your most recent move: Be friendly and forward. 

It’s smart to make the first move because, let’s face it, the neighbors probably won’t knock on your door. Be bold and introduce yourself first. You can stroll over to their place after work or on the weekend, invite everyone on the block over for a housewarming party, sit on your porch in the evening and wave to passersby, or small talk with dog owners on their morning walk. 

Bostonians are a kind, smart, sports-loving bunch of people, and you’re sure to meet a warm neighbor soon. Just be friendly and make yourself available.

Explore the Local Hubs

Exploring the town is one of the best ways to make new Bostonian friends. Check out some of these local hotspots to make a new pal at the market, coffeehouse, library, or baseball game. 

Boston Public Market 

This is an indoor, year-round market with seasonal food from 40 New England farmers, fishers, and food entrepreneurs. You can dine in, shop for produce, or both! The market is a kid-friendly atmosphere that hosts fun activities like cooking classes and guided tours. Find more info here.

Dunkin’ Donuts (Or Not)

Bostonians love Dunkin’ Donuts. You may hear this iconic coffeehouse, founded in Quincy, MA, in 1950, referred to as “Dunkies” or “Dunks.” If you’re in the mood for coffee and donuts, this is a good place to run into friendly faces.

If you’re a true coffee connoisseur and wish to explore the city’s many other coffee shops, there are hip coffee spots scattered throughout the city. You’re sure to get acquainted with new friends and baristas at one of these many trendy spots

Boston Public Library 

If you’re a reader, check out the Boston Public Library. Here, you can chat with fellow bookworms (in whispered tones) while searching for your favorite authors in the first free municipal library in the United States. 

Fenway Park 

Baseball season is in full swing, which means you’ll soon be a Red Sox fan (if you aren’t already). The people of Boston are true sports fans, and we’re quite spoiled. Our beloved teams include the Red Sox, Celtics, New England Patriots, and the Bruins—not to mention college teams. Catch a game at Fenway Park this baseball season and you’ll probably run into everyone you’ve met in Boston. This park, established in 1912, has a lot to offer in terms of history and camaraderie.


Helping others is a great way to connect, and Boston provides plenty of volunteering opportunities so you can always assist someone in need. This extensive list of volunteer opportunities will have you and the family sharing new experiences with others in no time. 

Enjoy All that Boston Has to Offer 

After you’ve unpacked your things and settled into your new place, you can finally get to know your city. With a bit of openness and curiosity, you’ll be well on your way to making great new friends in our charming Boston community.

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