Everyday Essentials

We hope you find the following resources useful as you settle in to life in Boston. We are providing this list as a convenience to you, this does not imply an endorsement by MS&PC.


Grocery Shopping

  • Shaws / Star Market: Standard market with affordable prices.
  • Wholefoods: Great for fresh fruit and vegetables, but can be expensive for other items. Offers a wide range of organic products.
  • Trader Joe's: Cheaper than Wholefoods, also offers organic foods.
  • Market Basket: Cheapest market in Cambridge.
  • New Deal Fish Market: Fresh fish and seafood.
  • Asian Markets: HMart, Hongkong supermarket, Reliable Market, C-Mart, 99 Ranch.
  • Online options: AmazonFresh, Stop and Shop (via Peapod).


  • Cambridgeside Galleria: mall located north of MIT, with free shuttle from Kendall to the mall
  • Twin City Plaza: located in Somerville, MA. Dollar Tree, Marshalls
  • Newbury Street and Prudential Mall: Boston, MA
  • Costco: Sells products in large quantities at a discount. Food, clothing, electronics, household supplies. Annual membership required.
  • IKEA and Home Depot: Stoughton, MA
  • Wrentham Village Premium Outlets: Wrentham, MA
  • Department stores, eg: Target, Macy's, Marshall's, T.J. Maxx, Sears, Nordstrom, and Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Best Buy - electronics store


  • Most drugstores in the US sell both prescription drugs and a wide variety of general merchandise, including over-the-counter drugs, beauty products, film and photo services, convenience foods etc.
  • The MIT Pharmacy is on the ground (1st) floor in Building E23 (MIT Medical)
  • Other drugstores include CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid

Choose to Reuse

  • Choose to Reuse is an event for the MIT community that seeks to reduce landfill accumulation by extending the life of stuff.
  • On the third Thursday of the month, donate or get free, gently used stuff in the Stata Center (Building 32), first floor lobby. MIT ID required.
  • From 8am-11am, drop off reusable items. Choose up to five items from 11am-1pm; from 1pm-1:30pm no limit on items. You don't need to donate in order to pick up any free item!