Boston will bustle with incoming college students over Labor Day weekend. Photo: Whmoving.com
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has announced a new inspections initiative he said will help Boston off-campus students moving in this weekend.
From Friday until Monday, representatives from various city departments will conduct targeted housing inspections, trash inspections, and information drops in student-heavy neighborhoods, Walsh said in an emailed statement.
Up to 50 inspectors will canvas Allston, Brighton, Fenway, and Mission Hill targeting addresses with a history of violation and randomly inspecting units.
"We’re preparing for an efficient and effective student move-in process this year,” said Walsh. “By coordinating across departments, we will assist students moving into and across the city to get settled into safe off-campus housing, and provide them with the tools they need to stay connected with the city all year.”
Inspectors will also circulate through Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Dorchester, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, the North End, South Boston, and the South End to check for student move-in activity, and will deploy inspectors if necessary, Walsh said.
Public Works officials plan to post information about bed bugs and remind students to avoid picking up used furniture. Code enforcement employees will issue citations for trash violations, including improperly placed trash, and trash placed on the curb on the incorrect trash day, according to Walsh.
In 2013, there were nearly 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students estimated to be living off-campus in Boston at more than 13,300 unique addresses.
City hall has launched social media campaign #Boston101 to highlight city services available to students.
On-street parking restrictions will be in effect from Friday to Tuesday on several streets in Allston, Brighton, Mission Hill and Fenway as well as around Northeastern University.