The first week on campus can be at once exhilarating, rewarding and terrifying for a college freshman! Between buying books, setting up a new dorm room, making friends and saying goodbye to family members, you’ll be filled with lots of different emotions. College move-in week is a great opportunity for parents and college-bound children to spend some quality time together before saying goodbye. Of course, a great vacation rental is a great way to have a home away from home during this transitional time.

Get started by finding the perfect vacation rental in Boston.

Explore Boston During College Move-In Week!

1. Use your student ID to your advantage

Boston is home to some of the nation’s greatest institutions and landmarks. As a student, you’ll get discounted (or even free) admission to many of them. Visit most of Boston’s museums for free through the Boston Public Library, where you can reserve a single-day pass to lots of local attractions for free! The Museum of Fine Arts, where you can get up close with works by Renoir and Monet, also offers free admission for students.

2. See the city from up high

You’ll find gorgeous public parks and gardens throughout Boston. Visit the Skywalk Observatory for a full view of the city, or navigate your way to the rooftop of the Custom House Hotel downtown for an open-air observation deck. The Marriott in Kendall Square also boasts a rooftop garden for beautiful skyline views mixed with nature!

3. Enjoy the culinary scene

With so many college students, you can only expect that Boston succeeds when it comes to young adults’ preferred meal: brunch. Order the famous Brunch Fiesta at Masa’s, or stop by the Highland Kitchen or Neighborhood Restaurant for a tasty brunch in Somerville. Later on in the day, get a taste of the East Coast’s best seafood at The Barking Crab, or finish off a long day of moving at B&G Oysters – and why not eat outside? The infamously snowy Boston winter is just around the corner… enjoy summer while you can!

4. Try a new fitness activity

When you’re done settling in on campus, get outside and explore historic Boston. Visit Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville, a trendy neighboring city. This rock-climbing studio offers classes for fun and for fitness, and with nearly 30,000 square feet of climbing walls, you’ll be able to make the most out of a one-day pass.

5. See Fenway up close

For some major baseball fans, it just wouldn’t be Boston without Fenway Park. What could be better than a Red Sox game? Perhaps a tour of Fenway Park, “America’s most beloved ballpark,” would set the tone for your next four years in the city! Tours run year-round with several scheduled times throughout the late summer and early fall.

6. Explore the city by foot

Like many other older U.S. cities, Boston is packed densely with buildings and historic sites. This makes it easy to explore parts of the city by foot. Choose from dozens of themed walking tours, like the haunted walking tour, the tour of our nation’s path to independence, or even the chocolate walking tour. And keep your favorite walking tours in mind when combatting the Freshman 15!

7. Find the best place to stay

With nearly 3,000 rentals to choose from in Boston, is your go-to guide to a seamless move-in week. If you’re a parent staying in town for orientation weekend, or perhaps you’re helping a friend move in for the fall semester, or maybe you’re simply in Boston for a getaway, features a variety of rentals suited perfectly for travelers looking for a home away from home.

Stay right in Cambridge to get a day-in-the-life feel for the historic universities; perhaps you’ll walk the same paths that Bill Gates, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy walked during their years at Harvard – offers over 700 rentals in Cambridge alone!

This article was written by Caitlin Klask.