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{Moving to Hoboken?} Here’s What You Need to Know

It’s no secret that Hoboken is a great place to live—tons of restaurants and bars, extremely walkable, parks galore, and an easy commute to the city. But there are certainly some secrets to moving here successfully, and with the least amount of headaches possible. I’m here to give you the scoop.

The Apartment Hunt

for rent

Where oh where in the Mile Square will you live?


Hoboken Street in Spring

Hoboken is only one square mile, but there’s a lot of real estate in there. Where you live is based on personal preference. Do you want to be near the hustle and bustle of Washington Street, or away from the noise? Do you commute into the city on the PATH, or is it more convenient to live along the bus route? Does your new place have to be dog-friendly, and near a dog park? These are all things to consider when you’re searching for your new home.


Most people can’t afford to live in Hoboken solo. If you’re looking for a roommate, you pretty much have two options:

  1. You can search for apartments that have rooms available for rent (which is a nice way to ditch the broker fee) or,
  2. You can search for a roommate to embark on the apartment hunt with.

Many have success with both on Craigslist. Just be sure you do some thorough research beforehand!

Brokers’ Fees

This can often shock first-time Hoboken renters. Realtors who show you apartments and broker the lease agreement between renters and landlords charge what’s called a broker’s fee. This is often around one month’s rent. It’s not fixed and is negotiable. To avoid this, look for larger apartment buildings where leases are handled by a management company.


The Move


You found the perfect spot, but now you have to get all of your shit there.

Parking the U-haul

Temporary No Parking SignAs you’ll come to learn (and read below), parking in Hoboken is scarce. You’ll likely want to apply for a temporary “No Parking” sign so that you have somewhere convenient to park your U-haul or dad’s truck on moving day. These signs must be ordered a minimum of 72 hours in advance of the time you wish to reserve on-street space. They’re sold in increments of 4, 8, 12, and 24-hours for $10, $15, $30, and $40, respectively. Information on how and where to purchase these can be found here.

Hardware Stores

True Value

On move-in day, you’ll probably find yourself in need of screws, a hammer or some other supplies for hanging curtains, pictures or putting together the dreaded Ikea furniture. Head to City Paint & Ace Hardware on Washington Street or True Value Hardware on 2nd and Clinton.


Resident Life 

Now that you’re all moved in, here are some things you should know about living the Hoboken life.


Parking sign

If you plan to bring a car to Hoboken, I wish you luck. Parking is a bit tricky. And even if you don’t, you should familiarize yourself with the rules for when friends visit for the weekend or parents come in for dinner.

Residents: If you’re a resident, you can pay $15/year for a residential parking permit that allows you to park on both sides of the street (but watch out for street cleaning and temporary no-parking signs). The only catch is that you have to provide a lot of documentation to show you’re a resident. Some of those include a driver’s license reflecting your Hoboken address, current car insurance in the resident’s name with a Hoboken address, utility bills in the name and address of the resident, and more.

Non-residents: Non-residents or guests can only park on the side of the street with white parking signs (pictured above) for 4 hours. To park overnight or for more than 4 hours, you’ll have to hang a $5 parking pass in your car. These can only be purchased by those with a Hoboken address listed on their license.

The City of Hoboken website goes into all of the parking specifics here.


You’ll want to make an effort to get to know your neighbors, even if only so they don’t call the cops on you for a noise violation when you throw your first party. But you might also just find there are some pretty cool people living above, below or across from you.

Garbage & Recycling

Recycling Bin

Like most cities, Hoboken has designated days for garbage and recycling pick up. Placing your rubbish curbside on the wrong day can lead to hefty fines. Make sure you check with your landlord or building management company to determine who is responsible for what when it comes to disposing of garbage. You can find more detailed information on pickup days here.

Staying In-the-Know

And now that you’re finally settled, follow Hoboken Happy Hours on Facebook and Instagram, and download our app, so you know where and when all the fun is happening!

Written by Cat Shaw

Cat is a New Jersey native and super proud of it. Her love of Hoboken becomes apparent when anyone from across the Hudson tries to degrade the beloved Mile Square. When not at her 9 to 5 travel industry gig, she can be found sweating it out in spin class, experimenting in the kitchen with her prized KitchenAid mixer, reading at Pier A, or—let’s be honest—devouring a Luca Brasi chicken parm sandwich while binge-watching Netflix.