Adobe Intern Community Guide - Boston

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Table of Contents WELCOME TO BOSTON……………………………………………….3 Congratulations on your Internship with Adobe What to Know About Renting in Boston Boston At-a-Glance EXPLORE…………………………………………………………………4 Newton

Cambridge Beacon Hill Wellesley

RENT…………………………………………………………………….5 Dwellworks Direct Dwellworks Living Additional Resources SETTLE……………………………………………………………………6 Leasing Tips Transportation Hospitals and Emergency Services Shopping Local Attractions Nightlife

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Congratulations on your internship with Adobe!

We are so excited you will be joining us soon. We have compiled some information together for you to help get you oriented with your internship location. Figure out where you want to live and get started on the search as early as you can. We wish you luck in your housing search!

What to know about renting in Boston

Boston has one of the country’s highest costs of living, with the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, North End, West End, and Waterfront among the most expensive. Cambridge, which is further from the city, is slightly less expensive. Housing costs are influenced by the ease of commuting to the city. Parking in the city and other closed-in communities may be an extra $150-250+ per month. In outlying areas, parking is generally included in the rent. The western suburbs of Newton, Brookline, and Wellesley are highly sought-after; the suburbs of Hingham, Cohasset, Quincy, and Norwell are known as prestigious towns. There has been an increase in luxury-type housing in mid-town Boston. However, prices remain volatile. Inventory for single-family homes remains scarce.

Boston at a Glance




Housing Availability


Tenant Paid Real Estate Fees


Majority of cases tenant pays one-month rental fee.**

Typical Lease Length

12 Months

Landlords are very reluctant to sign leases longer than 1 year.

Typical Security Deposit

1 Month

Cannot legally be more than three months’ rent.

Early Termination Clauses


Few landlords will agree to a diplomatic clause.

Negotiation of Lease Terms


Common to have multiple bidders on individual units.

**Note: Tenant paid broker fees are a customary practice in the Boston market. Fees vary throughout the city and are determined by the landlord.

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EXPLORE NEWTON Newton is a welcoming destination for young professionals, just a short commute to Boston. The city of Newton has several thriving commercial centers, each with its own shops and restaurants. Each of these has a small-town feel yet Newton offers many of the advantages of a larger city: fine dining, excellent recreational facilities, open spaces, and access to public transportation. Visit Piccadilly Square – an open-air shopping and dining marketplace located in Newton Square. CAMBRIDGE Cambridge isn't just one neighborhood; it's a collection of neighborhoods that each offers something different. You can easily walk from any of the commercial centers of Cambridge to another in half an hour or less, although they're all served by the subway lines and/or buses. Cambridge is the home to two of America's greatest universities, the center of scientific research on the East coast, and it's teeming with plenty of shopping and dining options. Check out the local boutiques or head over to CambridgeSide Galleria. Most housing in Cambridge is in apartment buildings (some old, some new) and townhouses (mostly newer). There are also several two- and three-family houses in most neighborhoods in the city. BEACON HILL Beacon Hill proves you can live close to the bustle of the city while still enjoying the comfort of a small community. One of Boston’s oldest and most pedestrian- friendly neighborhoods, Beacon Hill is close to public transportation and only a short walk to Boston’s premier dining and shopping districts like Charles Street. Be sure to check it out Boston Common, one of the oldest parks in the country. Beacon Hill is almost completely residential with small shops and restaurants scattered around the neighborhood. Most homes are newly renovated apartments in the neighborhoods of 200-year-old Brownstones. WELLESLEY Wellesley combines the benefits of being in the suburbs with proximity to outdoor recreational spaces. While parts of Wellesley are easy to walk to, the city does require a car for travel. Many residents also use the commuter rail that has three separate stops in Wellesley. There is plenty of shopping, from major grocery chains to boutique gourmet shops. Wellesley is also just 10 to 15 minutes from the Natick Mall, the Boston area's largest shopping center.

Wellesley's housing stock is a mix of single-family homes, many of which are duplexes or townhouses. There are very few apartment complexes in Wellesley.

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Need help finding a place to live during your internship? Not sure where to start or who to talk to? Dwellworks – in partnership with Altair and Adobe – is pleased to extend the following services to help you on your way.


Dwellworks Direct is the most convenient, secure solution for self-paying customers who need quick, efficient, and affordable assistance from our on-the-ground experts. Seamlessly connect with the Dwellworks support team and get access to our menu of service options: from rental support to guidance on ‘living like a local – whatever you need, we’ve got you covered!

Visit to connect with our team or to start your service today!


Dwellworks Living is the global corporate housing offering of Dwellworks, an award-winning provider of services for the globally mobile workforce. We combine the industry’s most extensive supply of corporate housing options, price points, and geographic locations, with tri-regional service coordination and the in-market expertise of local housing and customer service professionals.

Visit us at to book a stay or connect with our team.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Prior to your start date, Adobe’s University Talent Team will share access to a Slack workspace called “Adobe Intern On-boarding” specifically for our interns in the US. The goal of using this Slack workspace is for interns to connect socially, find out about places to live in the area, and find roommates.

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LEASING TIPS - In a competitive rental market, bring a completed rental application, including all necessary documentation and a check for security deposit when visiting the property. - Ask if the landlord offers any favorable terms for your employer. - Come prepared with enough funds to pay for the first month of rent, plus the deposit amount. Deposit requirements vary but can be equal to one-month rent (or more). - Be extra diligent when reviewing the lease from a private landlord. Unlike large apartment complexes, which generally have well established agreements, private landlords may be less experienced and may include unfavorable or unrealistic clauses. - Ask a family member, friend, or colleague to come along with you on the move-in inspection to have an extra set of eyes.

BE THOROUGH Be sure to review the lease! -

Rules about landlord access and your privacy

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Any maintenance required of tenant

Payment of utilities (typically tenant-paid)

BE PREPARED Many landlords and property management companies have very strict requirements for prospective tenants. Qualifying can at times be challenging and a bit frustrating. Most landlords will require some combination of these documents: - Identification - Letter of employment - Recent pay stub - Copy of your credit report

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TRANSPORTATION The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority provides transportation options for the greater Boston area including surrounding suburbs. This includes a bus and metro system. Complete information can be found by clicking the link above, including fares, schedules, parking, and information about the CharlieCard. Trains Boston’s train system includes both Subways and commuter rail lines and is one of the busiest in the United States, providing on average 1.1 million trips a week to commuters. It offers an affordable, safe, and efficient way to travel around the city and surrounding suburbs. The MBTA system has five subway lines and 13 commuter rail lines. Buses Buses are an easy transportation option providing fast and economical service to employment centers, hospitals, shopping centers and many other attractions. MBTA buses are one of the largest and busiest in the country with approximately 177 bus routes operating at any given time. Bus operators do not carry cash so be sure to have your pass or exact change when you board. Various money saving passes and discounts are available. Paratransit accessibility can be found at: Commuter Alternatives The Commuter Alternatives Program helps you find inexpensive, stress-free and environmentally friendly ways to get to work. Some examples are listed below and may vary by your office location. - Up to $150 per month Commuter Checks for vanpools and transit systems. (Interns will be provided with a Commuter Check MasterCard with a Transit Value of $ 4 50 to be used during their internship.) - Secure bicycle parking - Emergency Ride Home Program - Shuttle van between Adobe campus and public transportation - Special rates for Zip Car membership - Adobe Yearly transit pass provided at no cost - After you start your Adobe internship, you will also have access to the Adobe Fond program, which gives U.S. Adobe employees exclusive preferred pricing on over 850 products, services and experiences, including rental cars.

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HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES Most hospitals are either non-profit and operate with the help of endowments or are privately owned and operate for profit. A small number of hospitals are primarily subsidized by government funding. There are a variety of options for hospitals in the area. Below is a list of some local health care facilities: - Newton-Wellesley Hospital - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Chestnut Hill - New England Baptist Hospital - Boston Medical Center Urgent Care Facilities For urgent, but not life-threatening, medical concerns that occur after hours or cannot wait for an appointment with a regular physician, urgent care centers can be found throughout the area: - Partners Urgent Care - Find a location near you! Many urgent care centers are open from the early morning until late in the evening during the week and maintain weekend and holiday hours. Just as with a visit to the doctor, an urgent care center will always need your insurance information. Although the staff will file a claim to receive payment from your health insurance provider, a co-pay may apply at the time of treatment. SHOPPING Newton is known for its excellent shopping. Fantastic grocery stores, high-end retailers such as Bloomingdales, as well as numerous specialty boutiques make Newton a great spot for shoppers. Piccadilly Square Open-air, multi-use center featuring shopping, dining, and entertainment – located in Newton Square. Hospitals focusing on the care of children include: - Boston Children’s Hospital

The Shops at Chestnut Hill An upscale shopping mall located in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton.

CambridgeSide Galleria Over 100 stores and restaurants

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS The Boston Pops Live musical performances appeal to all audience types Fenway Park Catch a Redsox game at one of America’s most loved ballparks Boston Public Garden Be sure to visit the first public botanical garden in America The North End Eat, shop, or take a food tour in one of Boston’s first neighborhoods

Freedom Trail Enjoy an after-hours lantern tour or head out with your friends for a historic pub crawl New England Aquarium Considered a must see while in the Boston area with over 1 million visitors every year

Franklin Park Zoo Pack lunch and spend the day enjoying the zoo’s attractions and exhibits

NIGHTLIFE Feeling adventurous? Here are some recommendations from our local destination consultants.

Newton residents don't need to leave the city to find things to do at night or on weekends. There are two movie theater complexes, a local live theater, pubs with music, and there are all those terrific restaurants.

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