Lafayette College offers a limited amount of community storage at no charge as a service to currently enrolled students who cannot take all of their items with them when they leave campus. Residence Life is pleased to assist students who elect to use residence hall storage, but by its nature, residence hall community storage does not provide the same level of security, flexibility, or convenience as individual storage off-campus or at a student’s home and availability cannot be guaranteed. For students who have very specific concerns about timing of storage access or more than a few items to store, we encourage you to consider a pick-up/delivery storage service or off-campus self-storage to meet your individualized needs.

Summer Storage Pick Up Schedule – August 2017

Summer Storage Drop-off Schedule – May 2017

Review Off-Campus Storage Options

General Information

The Office of Residence Life has established storage policies and procedures to manage the program for students in as secure and consistent a manner as is reasonably possible. For this reason, access to residence hall storage is granted to students only by Residence Life staff.

Students should make an informed decision about storing their items. We advise students to review the information below when deciding whether storage within the halls is the best option for you. Please note that items placed in Summer Storage spaces (excluding temporary storage provided for summer residents) will not be accessible between the end of finals week and the third week of August. Students should not place anything into Summer Storage spaces that they may need to access during this time.

Storage Policies

General Policies

  1. Students are expected to adhere to the storage policies and procedures established by the Office of Residence Life.
  2. The Office of Residence Life makes every effort to protect the belongings of students who use these facilities. However, community storage areas are accessible to other individuals, and the security of students’ belongings cannot be guaranteed.
  3. Students accept a level of risk when using college storage. Lafayette College assumes no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage of property stored in its residence halls. Students should refer to their own insurance policies to determine whether their items are covered in community storage locations. It is suggested that students do not store items of significant value.
  4. In order to keep our residence halls safe and to maximize storage availability, the following items are prohibited in Storage closets: furniture (including futons), carpets, flammable items, chemicals, food, bicycles, or any item prohibited in the housing contract. In the event a prohibited item is placed in storage, the College will discard it.
  5. Items should be packed in boxes, tubs, suitcases, or other containers that may be safely stacked.
  6. To maximize space, items may be moved to a different location within the closet.
  7. Residence Life is not responsible for making arrangements for students who are unable to put items in campus storage areas for any reason including: the closets are full (or have closed), the student is seeking access outside of scheduled hours, or the items are prohibited in storage.
  8. A few residence halls contain small hallway closets. These are for use during the school year only. Students are not permitted to leave or place items in these closets for summer storage.
  9. The scheduled hours for item drop-off and pick-up are limited. Students may not access storage outside of these designated hours during the hall closing/opening periods each semester. During the opening/closing periods student staff are preparing for or taking exams themselves, in training, or attending to duties related to the residence hall closing or opening process.
  10. Belongings left in the areas outside of storage will be discarded or donated. Although the residence halls are only fully occupied during the fall and spring semesters, most buildings are used during the summer and many are open during Interim. Even if a building is unoccupied, maintenance occurs during these periods and common areas must be free of personal items.
  11. Summer storage is only in larger, centrally located closets. The Office of Residence Life designates which closets are available over the summer. Items will be accepted until a closet is full or the scheduled access hours have ceased. The Office of Residence Life will determine if the capacity of a storage closet has been reached. If a closet is deemed to be full, the closet will be closed and no additional items will be accepted – even if it is prior to the end of the scheduled hours. We understand that this uncertainty may be difficult for students with later departure dates; however, we cannot predict when closets will fill up and must be sure the capacity of each closet is not exceeded for safety reasons.
  12. Students in early arrival groups returning in August should look at the schedule for pick-up prior to placing items in storage as there are limited pick-up times during the early arrival period. Early arrivals are reminded to refrain from storing items that will be needed immediately upon arrival (linens, toiletries, athletic equipment, etc) as staff availability is limited.

Storage Procedures

Item Drop Off Procedures

1a. Semester closing: Students are to bring the items that they plan to store to the storage area of their choice during the posted hours. Drop-off hours will be scheduled at the end of the spring semester (and may be scheduled at the end of the fall semester). Students arriving at storage areas outside of these designated hours will not be able to access the closet.

1b. During the fall or spring semester: Items will also be accepted for drop-off between September 1– December 1 and February 1– March 15.  To access storage during these times, students must make an individual appointment with a Resident Advisor. All items need be removed by May 1 to prepare the closets for Summer Storage. Items that have not been picked up by May 1 are subject to being discarded or donated to Green Move Out.

2. Students are responsible for transporting their items to the storage area and for placing their items properly inside.  Items should be compactly arranged at the furthest point from the entrance. When placing their items in the storage closet, students are to fill out a storage label for each item they have stored (ex. a student stores a refrigerator and a box of clothes: the student is to fill out 1 storage label for the refrigerator and 1 label for the box of clothes and stick the corresponding label to each item). Due to the number of items that have been left unclaimed in the past and the need to empty storage areas each year for future student usage, unlabeled items will be discarded or donated to Green Move Out.

3. Once the white storage labels are filled out, the student is to complete a Community Storage Agreement.  Students are encouraged to read this form and all the information on this web page in advance of placing items in storage.  Labels and Community Storage Agreements will be supplied by the Residence Life staff member who has opened the closet.

It is ultimately the responsibility of the individual student placing items in storage to follow these procedures.  Therefore, do not leave any items in storage without completing a Storage Agreement form and appropriately labeling all items.

Item Pick Up Procedures

1a. Semester opening: Students are to arrive at the location where their items are stored during the published storage hours. Specific pick-up hours will be scheduled at the beginning of the fall semester (and may be scheduled at the beginning of the spring semester).  Students arriving at the storage areas outside of these designated hours will not be able to access the closet.

1b. During the fall and spring semester: Items may also be picked-up between September 1– December 1 and February 1– March 15.  To access storage during this period, students must make an individual appointment with a Resident Advisor. Items that have not been picked up by May 1 are subject to being discarded or donated to Green Move Out.

2. Upon arrival at the closet, students are to show the staff member a picture ID and may remove only their items from the closet.  Students are responsible for transporting their items from the storage area.

Other Residence Life Storage Programs

Temporary Storage for Summer Housing Students

Students registered for Summer Housing by May 1, who will not move directly into their summer assignments and who need to store items for a short period of time should look for an email during the last week of Spring classes about instructions for requesting Temporary Summer Storage. Students who register after May 1 will be assisted on a space-available basis. Temporary Summer Storage has the same restrictions on which items can be stored as our other storage spaces.

Summer Housing residents who need access to Temporary Summer Storage between May 15 and August 18 will need to request an appointment with a Summer Housing Assistant. Storage access is available most days at 7:30pm. Please complete the form here to request an appointment at least 24 hours ahead of your request for access: Summer Storage Access Request Registration Form. If you have questions, please contact Tim Uhrich at uhricht@lafayette.edu.

Study Abroad Storage

Students planning to Study Abroad for a semester or for an entire academic year can request to use the Ramer Study Abroad storage closet. Students registered to study abroad will be contacted via email in November and April about registering for a time to drop off their items. Study Abroad Storage has the same restrictions on which items can be stored as our other storage spaces.

If you are returning from a semester abroad and you are on campus for the summer, please complete the Summer Storage Access Request Registration Form. Please contact Tim Uhrich, uhricht@lafayette.edu, with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am leaving / arriving on campus soon. Can someone open storage for me at a specific time?

Generally, no. The storage schedule linked above outlines when the main closets are open and staffed during the hall opening and closing periods. Students should plan accordingly. Residence Life staff members need to attend to several different responsibilities during these busy times of the year and cannot manage requests for individual appointments.

We do not recommend that students store items with us that they will need in their first or last day or two on campus. Our community storage program cannot operate as an on-demand service.

 

Where can I store my (item prohibited in campus storage)?

Where can I store my couch or my bike are common questions that we receive. Due to space limitations, these items are not permitted in our storage areas. Students could choose to pursue off-campus storage options for these purposes. Some students also find it productive to ask a friend who will be staying on campus to hold onto an item or two for them.

Can I grab my friend's items from storage for them?

Generally, no. Students collecting items need to show a photo ID of themselves and collect items with their name on the labels and inventoried on their Community Storage Agreement.

 

I live in ____ Hall. Am I assigned to one of the main storage closets?

Currently enrolled students who cannot take all of their items home are able to store items in the closets in Keefe 107, South College 117, Watson basement, or Ruef basement. Based on available space and the student’s own preferences, they are welcome to use any of these four closets.

I'm living in the Fishers next year - can I put my items in temporary storage?

No. The Fisher lounges are set aside for the summer to assist students who need short term storage to facilitate moves during Summer Housing. There is not enough room to accommodate the items of other users. Students who are not registered for Summer Housing are not approved to use this space and can reduce our ability to effectively and efficiently help other students. Ineligible students using this space will be documented and referred for a violation of Residence Life policies.

I'm living in ______ Hall next year - can I move my items in after finals in May and leave them there for the summer?

Due to scheduled cleaning, maintenance, summer uses of various buildings, and the security of unattended personal belongings, no, students are not able put items into their Fall assignments when leaving in May.

For students who are unable to take all of their belongings home over the summer, we administer Storage programs and provide information about off-campus storage options.