Moving to the Hartford Area

Moving is very stressful; especially, if you are moving to a new state, or even a new country.  Finding new friends, learning your way around, and adjusting to new surroundings might be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Moving to a new state can be exciting, and it presents an opportunity for new beginnings.

We would like to provide you with resources to help make your move and transition to the Greater Hartford area a smooth one.  Please be advised that the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program does not endorse any of the resources listed on this webpage.  The resources are to be used as a helpful tool to get you started on your move.

Where do the residents live?

The majority of the pediatric residents live just outside the Hartford area in the town of West Hartford, CT, www.west-hartford.com. West Hartford is appealing due to its proximity to the CT Children’s Medical Center and the quality of life it has to offer young professionals and families. Other towns popular with UConn residents include Hartford, Manchester, Glastonbury, Farmington, Wethersfield, New Britain, and Simsbury.  The map below indicates the towns where our pediatric residents live.

Housing Information

A few weeks after the match, the Capital Area Consortium sends a welcome packet to all incoming residents that includes a list of housing information.  As residents graduate, home/condo/apartment owners contact the Capital Area Consortium with available housing. You may obtain a list of where our current residents live by contacting the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency program coordinator, Aida Velez, avelez@connecticutchildrens.org.

Housing Websites used by the pediatric residents
www.roommates.com                www.craigslist.com  
www.rent.com                             www.rentals.com   
www.apartments.com                www.forrent.com
www.apartmentguide.com        www.housingblock.com
www.apartmentlist.com

Helpful Tips

  • Do research on any place of residence you are interested in and make sure to visit the place and neighborhood.  Visit the state of Connecticut website, http://www.ct.gov/, which will provide you with information about various towns’ business climate, education, leisure activities, and lifestyle. Some local counties and towns have their own web sites to provide information specific to that particular region.
  • Request information on schools, community programs, and parks and recreation from the local Chamber of Commerce.
  • Email the pediatric program coordinator, avelez@connecticutchildrens.org, to find out if the current pediatric residents have any information about the area/place you are interested in.  Alternately, contact your companion resident, or any resident you met while applying, directly.
  • Before signing a 2- to 3-year lease, please be sure you have done your research so you’re certain it’s a place you will be comfortable living in.

Please note:

  • If you can’t find what you are looking for online, you may want to drive around the West Hartford area, especially along the street called Boulevard Avenue.  Many homes post rental signs on their lawns.  Not all home renters advertise online.
  • Many homeowners use realtors to find tenants for their apartments.  If you need to know the name of a realtor in a particular area, please contact the program coordinator to put you in touch with a realtor a resident has used in the past.  Please note, in Connecticut, the landlord, and not the tenant, is responsible for the realty fees.  Using a realtor will not be costly for you and it could be helpful.

Apartment Complexes residents currently live:

The Village at Wethersfield Apartments, Wethersfield, CT
http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Connecticut/Wethersfield/The-Village-At-Wethersfield/2829/
Next to Stop ‘n Shop grocery store, about 10 minutes from Target and Wal-Mart. A 10- minute drive to CCMC.

Please note: One of the current residents highly recommends these apartments.  The resident can receive a referral bonus and is willing to split it. (January 2012)

Fennwood Apartments, Newington, CT
http://www.fennwoode.com/Floor-Plans-Pricing.html
Across the street from Big Sky Gym and Stop ‘n Shop grocery store, with plenty of gas stations down the street.  10 minutes from West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square, and about 15 minutes from CCMC.

West Gate Apartments, West Hartford, CT
http://wwwwe.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Connecticut/West-Hartford/Westgate-Apartments/45642/
West Gate apartments is within easy walking distance of a shopping plaza with a CVS and several takeout options, and a Stop ‘n Shop grocery store.  It is about a minute’s drive to West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square, and a 15-minute drive to CCMC.

The Oaks Apartments, Manchester, CT
http://oaksapartmentsct.com/
$1,025 a month includes gas heat.  Parking is not a problem.  Close to shopping centers, and ¼ mile from the highway. There is a coin-operated washer and dryer in each building.

Bushnell on the Park, Hartford, CT
http://www.apartmentguide.com/apartments/Connecticut/Hartford/Bushnell-On-The-Park/16621/
Bushnell on the Park is a beautiful 12-story apartment building in the heart of Hartford, CT, an urban setting of convenience and sophistication.

Vintage at the Grove Apartment Homes, Manchester, CT
http://www.vintagegrove.com/manchester-ct-apartments.asp
The Vintage At The Grove Apartment Homes is the address for beautiful apartments in Manchester, Connecticut. Each apartment home features unique details with floor plan options to fit any budget.

Brooksyde Apartments, West Hartford, CT
http://www.brooksydeapts.com/
A 1/2 mile walk from Blue Back Square and West Hartford Center.

For additional apartment listings in the Greater Hartford Area, please refer to the Apartment Complexes list.   Please be sure to check the apartment ratings on the apartment you are interested in renting.

If you would like to speak to the residents who live in these apartments, please provide your email address to the program coordinator, avelez@connecticutchildrens.org, to have the resident contact you and answer any of your questions.

Choosing a Moving Company

Choosing a reputable moving company is the key to making your move stress-free.  The best tip we can provide is to check the reliability of the moving company by contacting the local Better Business Bureau (BBB) to inquire about the company’s complaint record and how these complaints were resolved.

In addition, many moving expenses are tax deductible.  Keep all receipts for moving- related expenses in a designated folder. Obtain an IRS Change of Address form, Form 8822, by calling (800) 829-1040.  You will be able to download and print form 8822 and most other IRS tax forms; e.g., Form 3903 to help deduct moving expenses.

For more detailed information about moving, please refer to the following website:
http://www.moversdirectory.com/choosing_moving_companies.html

A checklist for moving out-of-state can be found at:
http://www.ehow.com/list_6592649_checklist-moving-out-state.html#ixzz1iblTLHaM

To obtain moving quotes, please refer to following website:
http://www.moving.com/

Moving Stipend

The Capital Area Health Consortium, your employer, can provide up to a $2,000 salary advance for moving costs.  Repayment will be deducted in even amounts over the first year starting with your second paycheck. There is no interest charge.  Please contact the pediatric residency coordinator, avelez@connecticutchildrens.org, if you are interested in a salary advance.

Realtors

Before beginning your search for a new home, it is best to determine whether or not you qualify for a mortgage loan. Please refer to the following website to determine whether you would like to contact a Bank Loan Officer or a Mortgage Broker: http://homebuying.about.com/cs/mortgagearticles/a/home_lenders.htm.

Please contact the program coordinator, avelez@connecticutchildrens.org, if you would like to know which financial institutions pediatric residents have used in the past.

Temporary Stay

If you need a place to stay short-term until you can move into your new home or apartment, there are hotels in the area that offer studio-style accommodations.  Our residents have used Extended Stay of America in Farmington, CT. The daily room charge in Farmington starts at $89.99. The cost per day can vary depending on the time of year.  We also suggest searching the web for extended stay facilities in order to compare locations and price.

Day Care Centers

CT Children’s Medical Center’s Day Care Center:

CCMC's Kids Are Great Learning Center was created to meet the child-care needs of employees of Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford Hospital, and hospital- affiliated medical office employees. The center offers three programs: Infant, Toddler, and Preschool, providing services for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years. The center is licensed by the State of Connecticut, Department of Health Services. The day care is conveniently located at the Institute of Living Campus, within easy walking distance of CCMC.  For more information please refer to the following link:  http://www.connecticutchildrens.org/body.cfm?id=206.

University of Connecticut Day Care Center:

The Creative Child Center, the UConn Health Center’s on-campus child-care center, is located in Farmington, CT.  Many pediatric residents live in the West Hartford area, which is in close proximity to Farmington. (The towns are approximately 3.32 miles apart.) Please refer to the following link to find out more about the Creative Child Center:  http://employ.uchc.edu/childcenter/index.html.

Quality day care is a top priority for families. But determining what type of child care provider meets your family's needs, lifestyle, and budget takes some research and discussion.  Make sure to check each option carefully.  Ask questions of the staff. Talk to parents of other children at the day care center. Look over the center carefully.   Below are several websites that provide you with a list of resources for finding the right day care for your family.  If you have an adult in need of day care coming with you to Connecticut, there is an adult day care at the Hebrew Home in Hartford, http://hebrewhealthcare.org.

How to find good day care resources:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-find-good-daycare_5924.bc

http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Excellent-Day-Care

Questions to ask child care provider resources:

http://www.ivillage.com/finding-childcare-questions-ask/6-a-127573

http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/pregnancy-newborns/caring-for-newborns/infant-care/day-care-choosing-a-good-center.html

http://styleswriting.hubpages.com/hub/10-Questions-To-Ask-Your-Potential-Child-Care-Provider

Dependent Care Plan

The Capital Area Consortium offers a Dependent Care plan, which allows participants to pay for child care or care for an incapacitated spouse/parent by having monies deducted from salary payments on a pre-tax basis, thus reducing taxable income.  http://www.uchc.edu/md/employment_benefits.html.

Au pairs

Cultural Care, www.culturalcare.com, and Au Pair in America, www.aupaircare.com/ChildCare, are two agencies our pediatric residents have used to find in-home child care.  Visit the websites for more information. In general, the providers have similar rules and costs, around $325 USD/week ($200 for au pair and $125 for the agency). Au pairs work 45 hours per week and no more than 10 hours straight in a day. No overnights.  Please contact the program coordinator, avelez@connecticutchildrens.org, if you would like to speak to a resident who has used these au pair companies.  You may also like to read the ‘Choosing an Au Pair Agency Guide.

http://www.1stchoiceaupairs.co.uk/au-pair-agency-information/choosing-an-au-pair-agency.shtml

CCMC Parking

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center provides free employee parking at the employee garage located next to CCMC.

1st Paycheck:

Pediatric Residents are paid bi-weekly.  The first paycheck for the 2012-2013 year arrives on Wednesday, July 11th.  Residents are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit.

Medical and Dental Insurance

Medical, pharmacy, and dental insurance for all residents is provided through Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield for a charge of $17.50 per paycheck.  There is an additional payroll deduction per paycheck to cover a spouse and/or children.  Coverage begins on the first full day of employment and includes small co-pay for office visits. The insurance includes full hospitalization, medical-surgical, and major medical.  Dental insurance covers 100% of routine visits and X-rays and 80% of some reconstructive dentistry.  http://www.uchc.edu/md/employment_benefits.html.

There are many dentist providers to choose from in the Greater Hartford area.  Many pediatric residents receive dental care at Blue Back Dental in West Hartford, CT.,  http://www.bluebackdental.com/.  If you are interested in other dental practices residents use outside the West Hartford area, please contact the program coordinator at avelez@connecticutchildrens.org.

Pediatric Residents’ Social Life

West Hartford Center is the region’s most celebrated destination for dining, shopping, and strolling.  It is, by far, the residents’ favorite place to shop, eat, and enjoy a few hours of leisure. The lively retail district features a variety of acclaimed restaurants, which run the gamut from Italian and Indian to Afghan, Asian, pizza parlors, and burger joints. Several bars cater to the late-night crowd, and coffee cafes help get everyone going in the morning. There are activities taking place in West Hartford year-round, from free live music to sale days to holiday shopping strolls.

Indoor and Outdoor Shopping

The Greater Hartford Area offers both indoor and outdoor shopping experiences.

West of the Connecticut River, pediatric residents like to shop in the boutiques and stores at West Hartford Center and its adjacent town center, Blue Back Square, http://www.bluebacksquare.com/. Also popular is the upscale indoor shopping mall, Westfarms mall, in nearby Farmington, http://www.shopwestfarms.com/.

Shopping east of the river:

For residents who live east of the Connecticut River (in towns including Manchester, Glastonbury, East Hartford, East Windsor, Vernon, etc.), there are chain stores and boutiques to be found at the outdoor mall, Evergreen Walk, http://www.thepromenadeshopsatevergreenwalk.com//index.cfm, and stores of every imaginable size and type at and around the Buckland Hills Mall, http://www.theshoppesatbucklandhills.com/.

During the summer months, both Evergreen Walk and Blue Back Square offer entertainment in the evenings.  Please check their websites for summer entrainment schedules.

Some of the Pediatric Residents’ Favorite Eating Places in West Hartford, CT

Backstage Pizza

Ichiban

Rizzuto's Wood-Fired Kitchen & Bar

Barcelona

It's A Grind Coffee House

Taste of India

Besitos Mexican Kitchen & Agave Lounge

Max Burger

The Cheesecake Factory

Elbow Room

McLadden's, Irish Pub

THE COUNTER Burger- Custom Built Burgers

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Moe's Southwest Grill

Uncorked Wine Restaurant Bar

Green Teahouse

Plan B – gourmet burgers

 

Beauty and Skin Care in West Hartford, CT

  • Origins
  • Per Se - Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa
  • Matthew Phillips Salon
  • Franklin Marcus Salon

Other Activities Residents’ Partake In Include:

  • Vibrant Theater Scene
  • Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Skiing and all things outdoors
  • Beaches
  • Local Sports Teams – The Pediatric Residents’ currently have a soccer team named ‘Code Blue’.

Free activities:

  • Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT – free music on Wednesdays during the summer months.
  • Lulu, West Hartford, CT – free yoga on Sundays
  • Live bands/music at Evergreen Walk, Manchester, CT and Blue Back Square in West Hartford, CT during the summer months.

Furniture Stores: please check the internet for addresses and directions

  • Ikea, New Haven, CT
  • Bob’s Discount Furniture – stores closes to the Greater Hartford Area are in Newington and Manchester, CT
  • Bob’s Discount Furniture - The Pit, Manchester, CT
  • Nassau’s Furniture WEEKEND WAREHOUSE, South Windsor, CT
  • Puritan Furniture Distribution Center Outlet, Newington, CT
  • Sears Appliance outlet, Newington, CT
  • Pilgrim Furniture City, Locations: Manchester and Southington, CT
    The Southington store is bigger and has a clearance center.

Fitness Centers

Many of the fitness centers range in price from $10 a month and upwards….all of varying quality.  Hartford Hospital currently has a basic gym free to CT Children’s employees and pediatric residents.  It is open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Currently a new fitness center is being built and scheduled to open on January 1, 2013, and will also be available at no charge to residents.

Fitness centers where residents’ have memberships include:
Big Sky
Fitness World
Planet Fitness
Cardio Express

Fitness center listings in the area:

West of the River:
http://www.healthclubdirectory.com/health_clubs/clubResults/CT/Connecticut/Hartford/

East of the River:
http://yellowpages.aol.com/health-clubs-and-gyms/ct/central-manchester/?invocationType=localCatPick.search /

 

If there is any other information that you feel would be important to add to this website, please email the program coordinator at avelez@connecticutchildrens.org.

University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program, Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

Medical Education, 4H, 282 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106