Cambridge, part of the Boston metro area, is one of the most populous cities in Massachusetts. Due in part to its quirky charm, over 100,000 people call it home. Home and rental prices, plus the cost of living, are higher than the national average; however, if you move here, you will find it to be worthwhile due to the well-educated population, numerous chances to learn and eclectic vibe.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), also known as “The T,” offers direct and commuter bus and subway lines through Cambridge. The expansive system also runs through Boston and the surrounding suburbs. The Charlie Card, available for a small fee, makes it easy to tap and go around Cambridge, Boston or farther afield. In fact, many residents do not own cars, instead preferring to take public transit whenever they feel the need.
Weather in Cambridge is pretty typical for New England. Summers are mild and a bit humid, thanks to being in an urban setting, falls are crisp and breezy, springs are rainy and muddy and winters bring plenty of snow, wind and ice. Be prepared for four-season weather here. Bring a mix of layers, shorts and a heavy jacket and boots that can easily be dressed up or down.
Cambridge is where Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University are. MIT offers plenty of sculptures to see, a museum to visit and research opportunities in which to partake. Harvard offers up a famed yard, Harvard Square, museums of art and natural history, a gorgeous library and a campus steeped in Ivy League tradition. Cambridge itself has entertainment, ranging from the American Repertory Theater to Davis Square, a center for gathering and eating. Sip on coffee while you visit the weekly farmers’ market, or swing by Johnny D’s for some live Jazz.
If you ever need a change of pace from Cambridge, hop on The T to Boston, a big city with a small town feel. Shop and eat at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, see penguins at the aquarium, browse the boutiques on Newbury Street, see a show at the Opera House, eat dim sum in Chinatown or catch a game at the TD Garden. The science museum and children’s museum offer up plenty of fun for the family, while the clubs in the South End offer up drinks and rooftop views for a night out. The options are endless.
Living in the city of Cambridge makes it a breeze to experience the hustle and bustle of Boston with low commute times and a smaller city vibe to go home to. Pretty great! The Commonwealth State is waiting for you, and, if you can afford it, is ready to become your home.