Shipping and Storage

These are just a few of the questions we know you want answers to and should be used for general planning purposes.

When do I need to arrive on campus?

New students should plan on arriving to campus no earlier than 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Move-in is scheduled to take place between 9:00 a.m. and Noon on that day. Students arriving from the West Coast may need to plan to stay in a hotel or make other lodging arrangements if they arrive prior to the morning of August 23. Please note that if you are a Fall-sport athlete, Evan’s Scholar, International Student, or participating in the Tri-College Multicultural Institute, you may be asked to arrive early. Please check with your sponsor/coach for more information before making travel plans.

What if I need to drop off my stuff earlier?

Unfortunately, we do not have storage space to store student belongings prior to Move-in Day. Students’ rooms will not be available for storage or ready for occupancy prior to August 23. You might want to speak with local shipping companies (e.g. USPS, FedEx) about storage or delayed shipping options.

How shall I get my stuff there?

You can bring it, mail it, or UPS it to the College Post Office. It should not arrive until Move-In Day. All types of deliveries go through our central post office in Parrish Hall; individual deliveries to the dorms are not permitted through UPS or USPS. You will access these items through the post office during regular business hours.

Or, you can order your dorm supplies and linens through our special Bed Bath and Beyond program, and they can be shipped straight to campus for you. To access the link, go to the Store's website at: and click on "Order your dorm supplies here." Orders for other products sold through the Campus Store can be placed online through the Swarthmore Campus and Community Store, and packed and waiting for you to pick up in the store when you arrive on campus.

What is my address?

All mail and packages go through the College post office. You will be assigned a mailbox each year, but the box number is not needed on the address.

Your address is:

                  Your Name '20

                  Swarthmore College

                  500 College Ave

                  Swarthmore, PA 19081

What do I do with my stuff over vacation times?

During the winter break you can leave your belongings in your room. If you live in Mertz or Parrish, then you will have other Swarthmore students living in your room over the winter break period, but you will receive more information about this during the Fall term.

Residence halls remain open during Fall break, Thanksgiving break, and Spring break. During the school year you can store trunks and flattened boxes in the storage room in your dorm.

In the summer, you must take all of your items home with you or place in private storage. The College no longer offers storage for personal items. Due to the limited availability of storage, we encourage you to pack lightly! Please do not bring furniture—the residence hall rooms come equipped with a bed, dresser, bookshelf, desk, and closet. You will move a minimum of 4 times during your time at Swarthmore; to make this process as easy as possible, please think carefully about what you bring and coordinate with your roommate during the summer before your first year.

What about insurance for my belongings?

Students are responsible for their own insurance for lost or damaged belongings. College insurance does not provide coverage for student belongings. Some insurance companies allow students’ belongings to be covered through an additional rider on their homeowner’s insurance. Please check with your insurance agent if you are interested in this option.

What meal plan do I get?

All students who live in campus housing are required to subscribe to the meal plan. Incoming first-year students are automatically assigned to the '17-meal' plan. This plan allows students to use up to two meals per any meal period, with a maximum of 17 meals per week. A small allotment of declining balance points are also included in this plan which can be used at a variety of campus dining locations.