So my girlfriend and I are moving to Boston in August so I can attend grad school there. But neither of us have moved to another town before, so we don't really know how the logistics work. I'm looking for any tips or tricks or things to watch out for about the actual mechanics of moving to and living in a new town. Some questions I have. 1) How much lead time is needed to find a place to stay? Is it worthwhile looking for a place 3 months in advance? Or is this something that could reasonably wait until July? Should we trust internet pictures and Yelp reviews about apartments? Or should we schedule a trip up there to inspect the places in person (which will be an expensive trip). 2) Similar question about employment. I have my TA'ship lined up, but she would need to find a job there. How does one find jobs in other cities? Do people get hired based only on phone interviews in situations like this? Does she need to wait until she actually physically moves there? And how far in advance should she be looking? 3) Any tips or tricks on physically moving? Baltimore to Boston is too long for us to just drive a U-Haul truck up there, and I really don't know if services such as PODS work well in a crowded city like Boston. If we hire somebody to haul our stuff, should we arrive in Boston a day in advance of our belongings, and maybe stay in a hotel? Or should we try to time it such that we arrive at the same time as the stuff? 4) Is there anything else I should be wary of?