IMPORTANT UPDATE: Registration for Secure Storage is now open.  Please note that Secure Storage has limited availability, and to help us plan you must register your request. The online form can be found here. You must be logged in through the Swarthmore network (not personal gmail) to access this form.

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.


ALL dorm storage locations must be emptied by Sunday, September 6, 2015.  This means that students may still store items at the end of Spring 2015 but must collect any and all items when they return for the Fall semester.   Items not claimed by September 6th will be removed.

Open and closed dorm storage locations are listed below:

  • Open for Spring 2015 (items may be placed in these rooms): Willets, Mertz, Alice Paul, Mary Lyons.  Strath Haven storage is available for current and future residents of Strath Haven.
  • Permanently Closed Locations (these locations will no longer accept new items and are in the process of being emptied, or already closed at the end of Spring 2014):  Woolman, DanaWell, Wharton AB and EF, PPR, Worth, Parrish

If you are studying abroad for the Fall 2015 or will be taking a leave of absence, you should NOT plan on using dorm storage at the end of the Spring move-out


A limited amount of Secure Storage will be available at the end of Spring 2015.  Storage in Secure Storage (Old Tarble) is limited to no more than three boxes per student. Priority on storing items will be given to

  • international students;
  • students on a leave of absence for the Fall 2015
  • students with extenuating circumstances
  • students from the West coast

Pre-registration for Secure Storage began on April 15, 2015.


A number of students have been in contact with the Office of Student Engagement about forming a storage co-op/sharing system that would allow students who would like to share off-campus storage units to connect.  The Office of Student Engagement is happy to help facilitate this process.  Students who are interested in being put in contact with one another should fill out this form. While to College cannot assist with securing off-campus storage on behalf of students, we can help facilitate putting students in contact with one another and help you to plan.


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 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]

Spring 2014 Move-Out Memo

Spring 2014 DanaWell Updates

Spring 2013 Move-Out Memo