University Students Information Page: Welcome to Cambridge!!


You proudly join a long tradition stretching back almost 400 years of students coming to the City of Cambridge to pursue education and enrichment.  With a population of 100,000 people located in 6 square miles, Cambridge is a city that throughout its history has been at the forefront of national importance, from its vital early role in the American Revolution, to the activism of its students in leading the nation in promoting civil rights, to its present role as home to the most innovative companies in the world. In between classes and clubs, we invite you to explore Cambridge’s unique mix of cultural diversity, intellectual vitality and technological innovation. Welcome to your new home!!


 *Above Photo by: Bob Coe 

Brief History of Cambridge (link here)

Helpful Things to Know About Living in Cambridge:

Cambridge is located in Middlesex County.

Bicycling, Walking & Public Transportation - the Way to Go
Bicycling has more than doubled in Cambridge since 2002; there are more bikes than people in Cambridgeport; more people bike and walk to work in Cambridge than in other U.S. cities. For these and more fun facts check out this new summary of bicycle number trends in Cambridge .

Resident Permits are Required for Cars
Resident Permits A resident parking permit is required to park on most residential streets in Cambridge Monday through Saturday. You can get a temp. permit while you re-register your car to be eligible for a resident permit.

Street Cleaning (Apr-Dec)    AND   Snow Emergency Parking Bans
Pay close attention to street signs as cars will be ticketed and towed during street cleaning days and if a snow emergency parking ban is declared. Sign up for Cambridge E-Line for text and/or e-mail alerts on street cleaning and snow emergencies.

Misc Transportation Resources & Map Links:
Bicycling Programs & Info.
Transportation Resources
Getting Around in Cambridge Map
Bicycle Facilities Map (Path & Road Markings)
Maps & Atlas Search Page
Cambridge Parks Map

City of Cambridge Useful Links:
The Cambridge Life Magazine & City Resource Guide
Voter Registration Info.
City Calendar (includes Public Meetings, City Programs and Classes, Arts Events)

Cambridge Community Calendar (Cambridge Office for Tourism)

Historic Sites, Museums Arts & Entertainment Overviews

Cambridge Arts Council


Misc. Helpful Links:
Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation
Cambridge Farmers Markets

City of Cambridge Government
Cambridge is governed by the Plan E form of government that includes nine City Councillors who are elected at large every two years under the Proportional Representation system. Once elected, the City Council elects a Mayor and a Vice Mayor. The Mayor chairs the City Council and School Committee and serves as the city's policitial leader.  The City Council appoints a City Manager to serve as the City's Chief Executive Officer.

Newcomer & Visitor Information Links:
The Cambridge City Council meets on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Cambridge City Hall, Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Ave.  Meetings can also be viewed via webcast on the City’s Website,
Link to Mayor's Webpage
Link to City Council Webpage

Link to City Manager's Webpage 

Civic Involvement
The City of Cambridge invites you to get involved in your new community.  Learn more about the city you now live in.  Perhaps you might want to apply to serve on one of the volunteer boards and commissions, such as Climate Action, Pedestrian or Bicycle Committees.  

City of Cambridge Official Website,

Visiting City Hall

Cambridge City Hall

795 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA, 02139
Ph: 617-349-4000
TTY: 617-349-4242

Hours of Service

Monday: 8:30am-8pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 8:30am-5pm
Friday: 8:30am-12pm

City Department Directory

Richard C. Rossi
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager