Housing, Schools and Kids
Housing and Schools
Housing is relatively expensive in Boston, roughly equivalent to Seattle, though less than New York City, Washington DC, or the major cities in California (see examples). To compensate, the BCRP offers higher than average salaries. In addition, Children's Hospital offers a Lease Guarantee program. If a landlord requires advance payment of the last month's rent and/or a security deposit, Children's Hospital will guarantee payment to the landlord. Details of the Lease Guarantee Program and other useful housing information is available on the Children's Hospital Website (read more). Real estate information is available from a number of sources including the Boston Globe, which also publishes a useful rental search engine. Other good sources for rental housing are Rental Beast, the Harvard Off-Campus Rentals, the Harvard Housing Office, Craig's List and the information on Housing and other topics on the website of the BCH Office of Fellowship Training. For those interested in purchasing property, the Harvard Faculty Real Estate Office provides useful services.
Boston and Cambridge schools are variable but the schools in Brookline, Newton and many other suburban communities are outstanding. The Greatschools website contains considerable information about individual schools. Other useful information about public schools, private schools, and charter schools is also available.
Boston is a great city for kids because there are so many things to see and do in the city and nearby, and because the transportation system is safe and extensive. The Children's Museum
and the Museum of Science
are each among the best in the country. The nearly free ($1 per year for kids) Community Boating Program
is also outstanding and is an incredible bargain. It offers sailing, windsurfing and kayaking on the Charles (lessons included). A good list of activities for kids can be found at Alpha Mom
, Family Days Out
, Family Friendly Boston
and at Boston Central
. The latter site also contains lots of useful information about Boston suburban communities.
Boston Children's Hospital has its own Child Care Center (CHCCC) and there is a Bright Horizons Family Center at the nearby Landmark Center that is available to employees of Harvard Medical School and the Longwood Area hospitals. Kathleen Greer Associates (KGA, Inc) is Children's Employee Assistance and Information Program. They will help residents find childcare services. The Longwood Medical and Academic area Family Childcare Network is a network of licensed family childcare providers who provide childcare in their homes for families who work in the Longwood Medical area. Learn more here.
For those interested in nannies, the Brigham and Women's Hospital’s Office for Women's Careers, hosts a Nanny Network list-serve, which offers a forum for faculty and residents to share nanny requests, as well as information on nannies who may be leaving your family once you've ‘outgrown them'. To join the list-serve send an email to email@example.com with "I want to join the Nanny Network" in the subject line. Care.com also offers listings of nannies.
For grown-up kids, the Boston Event Guide is a collection of local events for those nights off. The Mass Vacations website contains scads of useful information about the region and things to do.