Student Welcome Guide: A student’s guide to Mission Hill

The following is some basic information for students moving into the Mission Hill area.

General Boston

  • Get renter’s insurance. It might seem like an unnecessary expense until you have a break-in, or your upstairs neighbor’s toilet overflows while they’re out of town.
  • The City of Boston has many services for renters. Learn about and use them at
  • The City has a 24/7 hotline for questions or concerns at the phone number, 311, or the Twitter handle, @BOS311. There is also smartphone app called BOS: 311.
  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors, give them your contact information and get theirs. It’s just as easy and more pleasant to call them than the police.


  • If you have a dog, clean up after it. It’s courteous and a City ordinance.


  • Shovel sidewalks abutting your residence in the winter. It is your responsibility, not the City’s, to do so.


  • Be considerate when throwing parties: let your neighbors know about them and remember, many of them must wake up early, even on Saturdays.


  • Keep your property tidy.


Mission Hill-specific


  • Trash and recycling pick-ups are on Tuesdays and Fridays.


  • The local public library is the Parker Hill Branch Library, at 1497 Tremont St. The number is 617-427-3820.


  • The Tobin Community Center, at 1481 Tremont St., has gym facilities and classes between $5 and $20 for memberships, depending on age. It also has youth, family, and senior programs. Reach it at and 617-635-5216.


  • The Mission Hill neighborhood liaison for the Mayor’s Office is Jacob Wessel, who can be reached at 617-635-2679 and [email protected].


  • The city councilor for Mission Hill is Josh Zakim. He can be reached at 617-635-4225 and [email protected].


  • Patronize local businesses. They love you.


  • Get involved in the neighborhood: join cleanups; go to community meetings; voice your opinions. You’re part of the community.


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