Leaving Princeton for the Summer – Check-Out Tips
Amidst handing in your thesis, reunions and graduation, leaving campus can often be an overwhelming task. Here is a mini checklist to remind you of some essentials before leaving campus
PLEASE NOTE: This is intended to be a resource for students as they plan to leave campus for the summer. The Davis International Center is not responsible for assisting with any of the options or suggestions below. Please direct your questions to the listed contact.
Useful Preparations for Leaving Campus During the Summer
Make an Appointment with Career Services: Whether you are looking for jobs or applying to grad schools, Career Services has dedicated staff, programs, and resources to assist you. You can meet with a counselor anytime to get help on your resume or cover letter or receive guidance on connecting with alumni, using TigerTracks and UCAN, or taking assessments that can give you ideas for occupations to consider. Visit the Career Services website or schedule an appointment online.
Fill out a change of address form with Princeton Mail Services: If you want to have your first class mail forwarded to an address other than your home address over the summer (and thereafter for graduating students). Note: Magazines are considered second class mail and are not forwarded by Princeton Mail Services.
Prepare your computer for leaving campus with Digital Student Suitcase: The Office of Information Technology has prepared a suite of tools for graduating seniors to help them pack up their personal intellectual property stored on OIT servers to take it with them and help prepare their computer for departure from OIT computing resources. For more information go to: https://suitcase.princeton.edu/suitcase/index.php?docheck=yes
Find Summer Roommates: Check out the new Summer Roommate App that makes it easy for you to find summer roommates! http://pton.in/ Search the interactive map to find out where Princeton students will be, and use this site to get in touch with them!
For Graduating Seniors - Class of 2013:
Remember to attend the Senior Check-Out Fair: May 7th-9th, 2013 at Campus Club. Seniors will pick up their cap & gown, the Nassau Herald senior yearbook, tickets for Commencement, Senior Prom and class jacket for Reunions, order a Commencement DVD, class rings, and more... For more information on senior check-out and commencement, click here.
The vacate deadline for undergraduate graduating seniors to leave their rooms is
Wednesday, June 5, 2012 at noon.
Storage Options for Undergraduate International Students
The University provides three main storage options for international students (not including public, off-campus storage options).
1. Free Storage at Fisher Hall
Each year, the Davis IC provides a list to Building Services of all international students eligible for summer storage. This list also includes U.S. residents with permanent addresses abroad. If you are on this list, you are able to store two free boxes no larger than 24x24x24 in the basement of Fisher Hall. You are limited to two storage boxes, and furniture may not be stored. You must bring the boxes to Fisher hall basement yourself with your prox and pick them up from the same location at the beginning of the fall semester.
Hours for drop-off are as follows:
Monday, May 20th - Friday May 24th (9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m and 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 25th (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
2. USG Storage Initiative
(For more info and to register go to this website: http://storage.tigerapps.org/
The USG Summer Storage Coalition is the cheapest option for storing large amounts. They provide summer storage through an outside company for $11.00 per 18X18X17 inch box (this includes the box itself and all storage costs from May to September 2012). You can store a maximum of 9 boxes. You register and pay online (all payments final) at the website above with reservations ending on May 10th! They have limited openings for this so sign up ASAP. For drop-off times and pick-up times and further instructions, refer to the website above. Note that no furniture is allowed.
3. Princeton Moving and Storage Agency
(For more information and to register go to this website: http://www.studentagenciesms.net/default.asp)
Princeton Moving and Storage Agency provides pick-up, storage and drop-off of everything from boxes and duffle bags to tables and bedding for over the summer. It is open to all undergraduate students, grad students, faculty and staff. Register and order storage online at http://www.studentagenciesms.net/default.asp. Last day to order Summer Storage is May 25. Prices differ according to the item you wish to store but in general it is around $45 per box and $50 for a table.For more information and ordering, see the website above.
4. Off-Campus, Public Storage Options
There is a number of off-campus, public storage options near to campus. Students must make their own arrangements (drop-off/pick-up/payment/ordering etc.) with these companies, as they are not affiliates of the university. Look at the link below (second page) for a (not exhaustive) list of possible storage options near campus.
Supplies: The easiest and cheapest way to buy supplies for shipping your items home is through the Princeton shipping and package agency. Buy supplies online such as large boxes from $6 each to a box of packing peanuts at $12 to packing tape. Order supplies online at http://www.studentagencies.net/SearchResults.asp?Cat=74 then bring receipt to office at Frist (between 3-5pm) to pick up supplies.
Tip: If you need professional help moving, lifting, or hauling, you can hire “Handyman Dan” (609-599-4073) who is a professional mover in Princeton to help you; he’s helped many generations of residents move in and out of their rooms.
Shipping Home: The easiest way to either store items over the summer or ship them home internationally is through 3rd party websites. Websites such as www.collegeboxes.com provide discounts for students. They also store items over the summer and ship internationally. Go to www.collegeboxes.com to receive a quote for shipping!
Donating, Selling and Recycling Unwanted Items: Some items are not worth shipping home. You can sell second hand items on TigerTrade – a classified ads service primarily used by graduating students. It is open to all students for sale and auction of items. Go to http://ttrade.tigerapps.org/ for more info.
Similarly, you can donate items (from furniture to books and clothing and unopened toiletries). There are two main donation drives on campus:
- Eco-Rep Drive from May 17th - May 28th, 2013 and June 6th - June 7th, 2013
- GSG Furniture Drive from June 6th - June 7th, 2013 (More information here)