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Navigating Boston During College Move-In

Moving into college is an exciting time for students eager for a fresh start.

The moving day itself, however, can be overwhelming, especially if you are navigating a big city like Boston. That’s why Penske Truck Rental is here to ease the stress of moving day in Beantown.

Prior to Moving Day

Joseph Groch, Manager – Consumer Development, PTL, at the Londonderry location near downtown Boston, said it best: “Ultimately, our goal is to get a truck for every customer we can to make the move as stress-free as possible.”

Renting the right truck means you can stress less because all your belongings will stay together en route to your destination.

In a highly populated city like Boston, where there are several colleges with coinciding move-in dates, being prepared is the key to a smooth moving day.

The City of Boston has a designated webpage with tips to help you prepare for college move-in. Check out some of their tips below:

  • Be aware that there may be temporary traffic/parking restrictions in certain neighborhoods.
  • Reserve a space for your moving truck, so you don’t have to worry about finding a space to park on the day of your move.

On Moving Day

Take advantage of Penske’s insurance options for peace of mind on moving day.

“The best piece of advice I can give customers is to take the Limited Damage Waiver and Liability Insurance,” said Carmen Vignoni, District Rental Manager – PTL, for the Boston District. “Boston has a lot of narrow streets, and streets you can’t bring trucks on, such as Storrow Drive. Having the Limited Damage Waiver and Liability Insurance will fully protect you from damage and third-party claims.”

The City of Boston’s website also has some tips for moving day:

  • The default speed limit in Boston is 25 mph. Whenever you don’t see a posted speed limit, it’s 25 mph.
  • Be aware of a low clearance on Storrow Drive (10 feet), which will not accommodate moving trucks. Travelers should plan to take an alternate route.
  • Should someone take the space you reserved for your moving truck, contact the Boston Police Department at 617-343-4911.
  • If you encounter any other non-emergency issues, contact Boston’s designated assistance number: 311

Need a rental truck for your college move? Visit our website to reserve your truck today. Don’t forget to check out your coverage options.

By Maranda Miller