As students prepare for move-out, we've started to receive a number of questions about storage options for the summer semester. Please read through the below FAQ and general information and let us know if you have questions.
Why is storage limited this semester?
The College began phasing out dorm storage in the Spring of 2013, and announced a two-year calendar for all campus locations to close. At the end of their freshman year, we announced to the Class of 2016 that we would be able to provide storage options through the beginning of their senior year. Limited storage will continue to be available for international students and/or students with extenuating circumstances. We have encouraged students to begin making alternative arrangements in anticipation of this closure.
Can I still register for Secure Storage?
Yes, but space is quite limited. Priority registration for Secure Storage has already closed; this link was made available to students in mid-April, and more than 125 students secured space. We are now accepting walk-ins, as long as we have space available. We are working to make as much space available as possible so that more students can utilize the space. We will continue to prioritize students who are international students, from West Coast, are studying abroad in the Fall, and/or have extenuating circumstances which make off-campus storage not an option.
If you register for secure storage and are approved, you will be individually emailed information about open dates and times for drop-off. The link for late registration can be found here: http://goo.gl/forms/C7sb9sqbcP
In order to fit as many people in the room as possible, it is important that everyone help do their part. The more we work together, the more students we will be able to fit in this location. We do not want to have to turn anyone away…but we are truly limited by the size of the room. To help us support as many students as possible please:
-Respect the box limit of three large items (boxes, suitcase, plastic tub) per person
-Make sure your box closes and can be secured. To fit as many boxes in the space as possible, we do have to stack boxes on top of each other
-Make sure to pack strategically, so you can fit as much as possible into the box (heavy stuff at the bottom, lighter items at the top)
-Bring a friend to help you lift the box. Many of our storage spaces are three levels high (about the height of your dorm bed if bunked)…and we must fill the shelves on all levels. A second (or third) pair of helping hands will make the process much easier
-The closer we get to dorm move-out, the fewer spots will remain. If you wait until the final days to store items, please be prepared for a line and a waiting time.
-We cannot store furniture, floor lamps, rugs, etc.
-Label your items with name and class year. We will also give you a duplicate label for the items and a receipt.
-Please be patient as we work to fit as many boxes in the space as possible. This means we may ask you to store your boxes in a certain location in the room. Please understand that we are doing this in order to fit as many people in as possible. Flexibility from students will be helpful. Secure Storage is like a huge jigsaw puzzle, and we’re working to store as efficiently as possible.
Is Dorm Storage Still Open?
There are four remaining dorm storage locations: Willets, Alice Paul, Mertz and Mary Lyon. All dorm storage locations will be closed on September 6, 2015. If you are planning to be abroad and/or on a leave of absence for the Fall semester, do not place your items in dorm storage. The following dorm storage locations have closed:
Closed Spring 2013: Strath Haven
Closed Spring 2014: Palmer, Pittenger, Roberts, Dana, Hallowell
Closed Spring 2015: Parish, Wharton
Closing Fall 2015: Willets, Alice Paul, Mertz, Mary Lyon
Dorm storage is first-come, first-serve. These rooms will fill up quickly. To access dorm storage, please contact with individual building RAs.
Are Private Storage Options Available?
A number of local companies offer storage and/or moving services for students. Students must make arrangements with these companies on their own; a number of other students have been posting to the RSD and/or Weekly Classified opportunities to share off-campus storage locations. If a student hires a private company to help store their items, the student must make individual arrangements for a pick-up; the College is not able to provide access to student rooms for outside companies
The College will NO LONGER BE PROVIDING DORM STORAGE BEGINNING FALL 2015. In the Spring of 2013, the College began a two-year phase out of the student storage locations on campus. The College will continue to offer a limited amount of student to those with extenuating needs and/or those who are unable to return home with their items. These changes were announced at the beginning of the Spring 2013 term, and we’ve updated the community each semester so that students could plan accordingly.
As you plan for move-out Spring 2015, please make sure you read the below and plan accordingly.
GENERAL STORAGE DO's AND DON'Ts
Please do not store anything valuable (you should take any item with significant value home with you).
Please do not store anything that you will absolutely need your first week in the Fall (such as bedding or pillows) as Secure Storage will only be open on a limited basis in the Fall (and may not be open the day or first few days you return). If you are an early return, please plan wisely.
Certain items may NEVER be stored in Dorm or Secure Storage locations: furniture, musical instruments, area rugs, bicycles, fridges, flammable items, combustible items, FOOD OR SPICES (you will return to find a mouse nest in your items if you store even the smallest amount of food), anything that is consumable,
Each box must be secured (taped shut) and labeled with your name and class year. Secure Storage and Regular Dorm Storage are only student storage options as long as the Storage rooms have remaining space. Students should store their items as early as possible, and not wait until the last minute.
Graduating students may not place any items in dorm storage. No exceptions.
All items are stored at your own risk; dorm storage is not monitored by the College and insurance is not provided on any items in these locations.
Dorm storage is available on a strict first-come, first-served basis...once a room is full, the room will be locked.
Only items in bags, suitcases, boxes or storage tubs are allowed...no open items.
All containers MUST include full name and class year.
If you place prohibited items in storage (or in closed locations) they will be removed, thrown away, or donated to Trash2Treasures, without any further notice.
Items in dorm storage should only be placed on shelves. Items should not be placed directly on the floor of the storage rooms (as this is a means of egress issue and it puts your items at risk for mold if the room were to flood). We will be checking the room shortly after move-out and will remove and throw away/donate any items placed on the floor, so please help us by storing your items properly.
If you do use dorm storage, you can help us by pushing your items to the back of the shelf when you store them; this will help ensure that as many students as needed can use the storage rooms. Items improperly stored are subject to being thrown away or donated. Once a storage room is full it will be closed to students; to help us make use of as much space as possible, please be judicious in how you store things.
To access dorm storage, please contact the individual RAs for each building
Archived Information about College Storage:
Spring 2015 Move-Out Memo [coming soon]