People move to Boston for a variety of reasons, as the city has so much to offer and is generally considered a "walking city." If you are moving to Boston, the first question you should be asking yourself is, "When is the ideal time to move to Boston?" And "How much can I afford to pay for rent?" Those answers vary based on your needs and budget but are important to consider. If you can you want to pick any move-in day that is not August 31 or September 1. The Reason? Boston is a college town, and most leases are structured as year long leases starting September 1 and ending August 31. (College semesters start in September)
You also need to decide which of the many neighborhoods in Boston should you move to. This decision is based entirley upon your budget, however other factors may affect your decision, like whether or not you have your own car. The neighborhoods in Boston vary greatly in size and location. Neighborhorhoods closer to dowtown generally have higher rents while neighborhoods farther away from the core of the city tend to be relatively inexpensive (Note the "relative" term there). Neighborhoods in Boston include the South End, Southie (Not the same as South end), North End, East Boston or Eastie, Charlestown, Back Bay/Fenway, Mattapan, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain (JP), Dorchester, Roslindale, and Allston/Brighton. Also do not forget adjacent neighborhoods next to Boston like Cambridge, Somerville, and Quincy.The more expensive neighborhoods include Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and the North End. You can find lower rental prices as you head away from the downtown area, in neighborhoods such as Allston/Brighton or Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.