First-year residents: What’s been your biggest struggle as a new Bostonian?

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We want to know some of the challenges first-year Bostonians have faced.
Because of the pandemic, the typical ways to get acquainted with a new city weren’t available to many residents. - Fotolia

Relocating to a new city is always difficult, but doing so anytime in the past 18 months presented unique challenges. For much of the past year and a half, the typical ways to get acquainted with a new city weren’t available to many residents. 

The pandemic inspired millions of Americans to move, whether that be from one home to another or to a new city altogether. The most common conversations about these moves have been about people leaving big cities for the surrounding suburbs, but there has also been a rise in reverse migration. For some people, the time was right to make a move into the city as the price of buying went down in many parts of Boston and landlords became more flexible with rent and other fees.

Boston is a city that can take some getting used to. If you’re one of those people who recently moved here, we want to know what your experience has been. What brought you to Boston, and what do you make of the city so far? As you approach or look back on your first year in Boston, what are some of the challenges on which you’re reflecting? Some of you may be dealing with the typical growing pains of moving to a new city, but for others, the pandemic has undoubtedly made the learning curve of being a newcomer even more difficult.

Whether you managed to find ways to explore the city during a lockdown or you’re just now getting to know your new home, we want to hear about the struggles you are facing. Let us know by filling out the survey below or e-mailing us at [email protected] Your responses may be featured in an article.


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