In Boston, Sept. 1 means more than just the arrival of another month; it's also a local unofficial holiday known as "Allston Christmas."
On this day every year, Boston students move in droves out of and into apartments and dorms all over the college-heavy city.
In the midst of the U-Haul and dorm-issued rolling bin chaos, the sidewalks are littered with discarded furniture, home decor and, yes, trash - ripe for the picking by residents looking for newly used treasures.
Each year, Boston officials attempt to stay a little more organized than the year before. A major part of this task means allocating certain parking areas and blocking off some streets in order to streamline the moving process.
Merry 'Allston Christmas' to One and All in Boston
Historically, there are always a few moving trucks that try to take Storrow Drive and inevitably become stuck because of the road's low height limit. Getting "Storrowed" is a reality of moving day that the city tries its best to minimize.
Boston's website also reminds students to take safety measures when moving - don't forget to check that smoke detectors and other household devices are functioning.
For the most up-to-date information about parking restrictions and road closures, check out Boston.gov's move-in page.