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Moving to Hoboken? Here Is Everything You Need to Know

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Since moving to a new city like Hoboken can be overwhelming, and your never-ending to-do list might seem like a lot to handle, let us help. Here’s your go-to guide for everything you might need after you get the keys to your new Hoboken home-sweet-home. This includes the locations of the Hoboken post offices, the DMV, how to get a Hoboken parking pass, your local Social Security office, and more. Read on to get completely up-to-speed on all things in the Mile Square.

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Parking Passes (Residential + Temporary)

If there’s any negative at all to living in this incredible city, it’s the parking. Ask any resident and it’s the #1 hot button issue that can cause headaches and stress, but maybe not if you plan properly.

First things first, you’ll need temporary ‘no parking’ signs for moving trucks, deliveries, unloading your car, etc. Double parking is a no-no (and dangerous), so be sure to register and reserve these signs through the parking utility.

Once everything is unloaded and Hoboken is officially home, you’ll need a place to park your car. If you have your new license with a change of address sticker and your registration is changed to reflect the move, you’ll be able to apply for a standard parking sticker for residents. If not, a temporary one is the way to go for now, which will dictate you only being able to park on the designated side of the street.

For visiting guests with cars, you can pick up scratch-off guest hang tags at the Parking Utility, or can pre-arrange for a pass to print and register the vehicle online through the service once you create an account here.

The Virtual Visitor Parking system allows residents with a valid HPU Online account are now eligible to purchase and activate virtual visitor permits online. Visitors can choose a visitor permit duration that better fits the length of time your guest is visiting. With VVPs, you can select 4-hour permits, 8-hour permits, or 24-hour permits.

Read More: Hoboken Street Parking Explained 

Post Office

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Need to forward your mail? Or, mailing out invitations to your housewarming? Luckily, the Mile Square city is home to five post office locations and plenty of drop boxes along the side streets, too. Head to 502 Grand Street, 89 River Street (the main location), 734 Washington Street, 1 Castle Point Terrace, or 57 14th Street for all your Postal Service needs.

Local MVCs

If you moved from out of state, you’ll definitely need to head here asap. If from within the state, you can change your address online, but will still need to know where your local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is when it comes time to renew your license, register a new car, retake an awful license photo, etc. While Hoboken doesn’t have its own location, there are a few nearby options to choose from within Hudson County.

Bayonne: Agency + Driver Testing, 1347 John F. Kennedy Boulevard & Rte. 440

Jersey City: Agency, 438 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307

North Bergen: Agency + Driver Testing,  8901 Park Plaza, 90th & Bergenline Avenue, North Bergen, NJ 07047

Secaucus: Inspection only, County Avenue & Secaucus Road Secaucus, NJ 07094

*HG Insider Tip – Bayonne and Jersey City get very busy very fast. (No really, we got there a half an hour after opening and still waited over an hour.) The MVC website lists Low-volume agencies that might be a better fit for those with limited time.

See More: 15 Insider Tips to Navigating Hoboken (Like a Local)

Social Security

There are tons of engaged and newlywed couples in town. If you’re getting married while living in Hoboken, it’s important to know that we conveniently have our own Social Security office located right next to the PATH! The address is 79 Hudson Street, and the staff can help you with name changes, retirement, disability benefits, and more.

Banks

Hoboken has a large number of banks including branches for PNC, BCB Community Bank, Haven Savings Bank, Capital One, Investors Bank, Wells Fargo, TD Bank, Bank of America, M&T, CSBK, Sandanter, Citi Bank, Provident Bank, and Chase. Chances are, we have the bank you’re already using — and if not be sure to check local offers and mailers for special new account opening perks.

Furniture

Once you’re all moved in, it’s time to deck the halls and make your new place your own. Luckily, within Hoboken, there are a plethora of shops to choose from that can help you make your new apartment a home.

For furniture and décor, be sure to check out West Elm, located uptown. For smaller items to personalize your space, Washington Street has some gems to browse – Washington General Store at 509 Washington, Luna Rosa Home at 1218 Washington, Creative Interiors at 1332 Bernard McFeeley Shipyard Lane, and UNJUMBOLD at 257 1st Street.

Groceries

The first grocery haul for a new place is serious. From salt and pepper to meats and veggies, you’ll probably need a helping hand (and an Uber!).

Uptowners can head to Kings on Shipyard Lane, Trader Joes at 1350 Willow, or ShopRite on 9th and Madison for all your grocer needs. For Midtown dwellers, ACME is located at 614 Clinton Street, while those with a downtown address can easily hit up Aspen Marketplace at 226 Washington Street, Basic Foods for organic produce at 204 Washington Street, or Sobseys Produce on 92 Bloomfield Street. There’s also a Whole Foods nearby in Weehawken.

Read More: 26 Reasons Hoboken is (the Best) Place to Live 

Get insider tips from our Facebook Insiders Group

For any insider tips or any questions you have, definitely join our Hoboken and Jersey City Facebook Insiders group. Whether you’re looking for some local info or have a question of your own, the FB group is a great place to share information + connect with other residents.

Get rid of old stuff with Hudson County Freecycle

Finally, now that you’re all settled into your new home, we’re sure that there are a few things you’re looking to get rid of to make room for new finds. Luckily, Freecycle has you covered. Join the Hudson County group to start getting rid of things.

For the ultimate Hoboken bucket list see here.


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Erin is a freelance writer and lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter. A proud Jersey Girl, she grew up in Central New Jersey but always had a love for Hudson County, with her father having grown up in Jersey City, and her grandfather proudly worked at Maxwell House for decades. Her words have been featured across many outlets including BRIDES, Allure, TeenVogue, The Today Show, Byrdie, and more. Erin also owns local Etsy shop GrandeGifts, and in her spare time can be found binging on all things Bravo.