Grad Moving and Storage Options for March 2020


Updated Information

 

On Friday, March 20, 2020, graduate students living in on-campus housing received a message regarding graduate housing changes and moving resources.  Below, please find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the recent message.

1. Do we plan to force students out of grad housing in the future?
 
No. Please know that in this crisis, we have no intention of leaving members of our graduate community and their families struggling with no place to live. 

2. What were the goals of the letter and do we have specific numerical targets for the population in MIT grad housing?
 
The goals were two-fold — to encourage those who have housing alternatives in a less-dense living arrangement to move to those alternatives, and to require all remaining residents to practice stricter social distancing practices.
We do not have a numerical goal for the size of the population in MIT graduate housing.  

3. Who gets to decide what is “a reasonable alternative”?
 
Individual graduate students decide. We did not plan for an exception process, and do not have one in place. Our staff are available to help address financial barriers for those who have reasonable alternatives. They are not being asked to evaluate students’ judgment. If you need help thinking this through, please contact prepared@mit.edu

4. Why is the deadline so short?
 
Given the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, we wanted to express the situation’s urgency and concentrate the work to be done in a limited period of time. We want students to do their best to complete the form by Sunday, but please know that we will be flexible given that complications may arise.

5. What if I am experiencing financial hardship related to moving off campus, can you help?
 
All graduate students should complete the form embedded in the email from Friday to let us know of their situation. If graduate students are experiencing financial hardship related to their accelerated move out, they can indicate that on the form. They can also email prepared@mit.edu.

 
If graduate students are experiencing financial challenges unrelated to an accelerated move out - such as with food and supplies - please complete this form. A team of student support professionals will review the submission and respond quickly.

6. I didn’t get the email, or my link doesn’t work, or I need to update my information.
 
Please know that only license-holders got the email on Friday. Spouses, partners, and students who already checked out did not receive the email and do not need to complete the form. If the license holder cannot find the email from Friday, have them contact prepared@mit.edu and someone will help them as soon as possible.


MIT has arranged pick-up and storage services for students moving off-campus. Boxes will be available. The financial assistance mentioned below can help offset storage costs. 

STORAGE OF PERSONAL BELONGINGS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS RETURNING IN THE FALL
MIT has arranged storage for belongings of graduate students' who depart MIT on-campus housing before the end of the day on Sunday, March 22:

  • Pack your personal belongings and label the boxes with materials provided by Piece by Piece Movers, then leave the boxes locked in your room. Do not leave valuable items--take all valuables with you. See HRS’s policies on insurance to make sure the personal belongings you leave are protected.
  • After you leave, Piece by Piece Movers will securely store your belongings. We will also arrange with Piece by Piece for your belongings to be brought back to campus when you return this fall.
  • Visit https://www.storagemitgrad.com/ for more information.

CONVENIENT STORAGE OF PERSONAL BELONGINGS FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS
To ease moveout for students who are graduating and not returning in the fall, we have arranged the following:

  • Pack your personal belongings and label the boxes with materials provided by Piece by Piece Movers, then leave the boxes locked in your room. Do not leave valuable items--take all valuables with you. See HRS’s policies on insurance to make sure the personal belongings you leave are protected.  
  • After you leave, Piece by Piece Movers will securely store your belongings. You can arrange to pick them up at a time that’s convenient for you, but no later than one month after the Institute returns to routine operations.
  • Visit https://www.storagemitgrad.com/ for more information.

HARDSHIP ASSISTANCE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • The Graduate Student Short-Term Emergency Fund assists graduate students by providing financial support when they need help with unexpected and unavoidable emergency expenses. Please fill out the Graduate Student Hardship Form if you are experiencing financial hardship related to COVID‑19 and we will do our best to support you during this difficult time.