The college students are coming! The college students are coming!


It's that time of year when thousands of new and returning college students descend on Boston.


Police on Monday issued a traffic and parking advisory for the period between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4 - the typical time period when many leases expire and the city's young residents play musical apartments.


"Residents should expect congestion and delays in the areas of Allston, Brighton, Fenway, Back Bay, Mission Hill and Beacon Hill as 70,000 college students will be moving in these neighborhoods," police warned in their alert.


The city reminded people to read its student guide to city services, which can be found at


The move-in got started early at one downtown Boston college campus.

Monday morning, hundreds of students arrived at Emerson College and were greeted as only Emerson students can be - with singing, music, dancing and costumes.

The orientation leaders helped new students unload their essentials from their cars and guided them to their new home.

More than 900 new incoming undergraduates will arrive at Emerson Monday and Tuesday, according to the school.