Spring 2021 Retrieving Your Belongings

Housing
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Reunited at Last

MIT Housing & Residential Services (HRS) has partnered with student leaders to develop processes to reunite undergraduate students with belongings placed in storage during the Spring 2020 semester. We are aware of different storage scenarios, and we understand that undergraduate students are living in different housing circumstances for the Spring 2021 semester.  Please review the information below carefully as multiple sections may apply to you.

Questions? 


If you have any questions, please contact us at ughousingspring2021@mit.edu with the subject line: "Your Last Name, Your First Name Storage Question".


 

SECTION I. STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS FOR THE SPRING 2021 SEMESTER

  1. If you stored with Piece by Piece Movers, the movers will be given your housing assignment, and your belongings will be delivered to your Spring 2021 room assignment before your arrival back to campus.
  2. If you stored items in a residence’s in-house storage area, you will work with your House Operations Manager upon arrival to campus to have your items brought to your Spring 2021 room assignment.
  3. If you left items within a residential room, they may have been relocated since March 2020. You can work with your House Operations Manager to have items brought to your Spring 2021 room assignment. (If any items, such as furniture, are too large or unwieldy to move, HRS may not be able to relocate your items.)
  4. If you previously lived in an FSILG, and will be living in on-campus housing for Spring 2021, details will be shared about moving support available for students during Move-in Weekend.
  5. If you stored your items in a house-sponsored PODS container, please contact your Area Director. Many of these items have been relocated into off-site storage by Piece by Piece Movers.
  6. If you stored your items in an individually-arranged PODS container, you will be responsible for retrieving your belongings. Please take note of the PODS’ Policy, which can be found in Section IV of this guide.

SECTION II. STUDENTS NOT LIVING ON CAMPUS FOR THE SPRING 2021 SEMESTER

Piece by Piece Movers will continue to store belongings (at no direct cost to students and their families) for students who are not returning to campus housing for the Spring 2021 semester. 

If you need your items returned to you prior to Fall 2021, you can arrange shipment or local delivery of your items (see Section III below). Please access your account at www.storagemit.com and update your delivery address, and then contact Michael Sumcizk at Piece by Piece Movers at msumcizk@pbpmovers.com. MIT will cover up to $700 in shipping charges until May 28, 2021 for students who have been unable to live on campus. The shipping subsidy does not apply to students who returned to live on campus during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

If you stored belongings within a residence’s in-house storage area, your items please contact your House Operations Manager and make arrangements to retrieve your belongings prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester. You can pick-up your items in-person or by proxy. Piece by Piece Movers can assist with shipping your items. 

If you previously lived in an FSILG, you should have received information from the FSILG office regarding storage retrieval. Please email fsilg-office@mit.edu with questions.

SECTION III. STUDENTS LIVING OFF-CAMPUS WHO NEED TO RETRIEVE BELONGINGS

  1. If you stored personal belongings with Piece by Piece Movers and you’re planning to live within a five-mile radius of campus, Piece by Piece Movers can deliver your items to your off-campus residence at no cost to you. Please access your account at www.storagemit.com and update your delivery address. Then, contact contacting Michael Sumcizk at Piece by Piece Movers. (Michael’s email is msumcizk@pbpmovers.com)
    • If you are not living within a five-mile radius of the MIT campus, you will need to arrange to pick-up or shipment of your items.
  2. If you stored items in a residence’s in-house storage area or in an individual room, you will need to contact your House Operations Manager and arrange to pick-up your items prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

SECTION IV. STUDENTS TAKING A ONE-YEAR LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM MIT

  1. If you are taking a leave from MIT and you have items in storage, either with Piece by Piece Movers or in a residence’s in-house storage area, your items can remain in storage. MIT will cover the cost of storage until the start of the Fall 2021 semester (projected August 2021).
  2. If you would like your stored items returned to you, you will need to arrange for shipping. All shipping will be provided by Piece by Piece Movers.

SECTION V. STORAGE PLANNING: IN THE EVENT OF A DEPARTURE FROM CAMPUS

  1. The COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving situation.  If circumstances require the emergency closure of MIT’s campus, all of us need to be prepared. With this possibility in mind, all students who are moving into campus housing for the Spring 2021 semester should pack lightly, only bringing essential items to campus.
  2. In the event that students need to depart campus quickly, Housing & Residential Services will contact all on-campus residents with instructions and storage options. MIT has a current contract with Piece by Piece Movers for storage services through the start of the Fall 2021 semester. Students should anticipate the expectation to use Piece by Piece Movers for quick and easy on-campus storage should the need arise.

SECTION VI. SHIPPING COST SUBSIDY

MIT will provide up to $700 as a shipping subsidy until May 28, 2021 for students who have been unable to live on campus. The shipping subsidy does not apply to students who returned to live on campus during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.  Students are expected to pay any remaining balance for shipping charges or if the shipping request is made after the May 28 deadline. Students who are experiencing financial hardship may request to have their subsidy amount reviewed and adjusted.  If you have any questions, please email ughousingspring2021@mit.edu with the subject line "Your Last Name, Your First Name Shipping Question".

SECTION VII. STORAGE RETRIEVAL BY PROXY

Students who would like another person to pick up their items (e.g., “pick-up by proxy”), please indicate when contacting your House Operations Manager. Students may be asked to provide more details in writing, and proxies should expect to provide a government-issued ID upon storage retrieval.

All PODS/Storage Units must be registered with MIT Parking & Transportation; a PODS Pass must be placed on all PODS; and they must be placed in a specific parking space while on the MIT campus. Please contact MIT Parking & Transportation at 617-258-6510 or mitparking@mit.edu.

Undergraduate Houses: West Campus

There are a number of available spaces on side streets adjacent to all of the undergraduate houses on West Campus. Please refer to the following breakdown of available streets, parking spots, and houses those spots would serve:

  • Danforth Street: 8 parking spaces for use by students in Maseeh Hall, McCormick Hall, Baker House
  • Fowler Street:  4 parking spaces for use by students in Burton Conner and MacGregor
  • Westgate Lot:  15 parking spaces on the east facing fence line for use by students in Next, New and Simmons

Undergraduate Houses: East Campus

Random Hall and East Campus students do not have any MIT-owned spaces available for PODS placement. Students could utilize spaces for the Eastgate graduate residence (see below), or will need to work with the City of Cambridge to purchase city parking spaces. 

Graduate Houses

There have traditionally been limited requests for PODS spaces for graduate communities; however, these areas have been delineated should requests increase. 

Edgerton House

  • Students do not have any MIT-owned spaces available for PODS placement. Students will need to work with the City of Cambridge to purchase city parking spaces or rent MIT-owned spaces near other buildings.

Sidney-Pacific

  • Two (2) Parking spaces on the south-side fence line of the exterior parking lot.

Ashdown House

  • One (1) parking space near the loading dock area.

Warehouse

  • Students do not have any MIT-owned spaces available for PODS placement. Students will need to work with the City of Cambridge to purchase city parking spaces or rent MIT-owned spaces near other buildings.

Eastgate Apartments

  • Four (4) parking spaces for use by Eastgate, East Campus (undergraduate), and Random Hall (undergraduate) students located on the east side of the parking lot.

SECTION IX. FSILGs

If you previously lived in a Fraternity, Sorority, or Independent Living Group (FSILG) where your belongings are currently stored, the FSILG Office will be in touch with you directly about retrieving your items.