The Charlie Card
The first thing you need to know about Boston is that its public transportation is usually good enough to get you anywhere, and one of the best ways to use it is through a Charlie Card. A Charlie Card is a plastic card you can get at the main subway (known here as the T) stations, such as Kenmore. You can add value to the card or buy monthly passes that are often a cheaper option. I know BU also has a special student pass, so if you’re interested in getting it you should talk to the BU off-campus services as soon as you can.
Move-In Day: September 1st (also known as the Apocalypse or Ragnarok in some cultures)
On September 1st, thousands of students throughout Boston undertake the arduous task of moving in to their new off-campus apartments. Trying to get a van anywhere in the city without an advanced reservation will be close to impossible. If you are planning on living in an off campus apartment and your moving day is September 1st, I suggest making advance reservations for any kind of van you need, and try to do the whole thing as early as possible, because parking will be hard to find that day anywhere in the city where students live.
Ask away, people will help!
I know a lot of us are sometimes unsure about asking for help from strangers or simply asking someone for directions, but people in Boston are amazing, and they will help you! So if you’re unsure of where you are, or how to get back home, or what T-line to take, ask away! It’s the best, cheapest, and safest way to find your way.
Don’t stress! It’s not that hard!
At the beginning of the semester your classes will probably seem overwhelming and tough, and yes they will be demanding, but not nearly as hard as you first imagine. First of all, most of the assigned readings won’t be too long and will often be very, very interesting, so it won’t be hard to get them done. The work is usually evenly distributed throughout the semester, with a few highlights when midterms occur. In general, classes here are very manageable and stress is often more of an obstacle to a good grade than the material itself.