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. ***But the library will be closed for a year to undergo a renovation and will reopen in July.***

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 Yissel Guerrero, 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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