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Your Guide

Undergraduate Retrieval of Belongings


Reunited at Last

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

Questions? 


If you have any questions, please contact us at ughousingfall2020@mit.edu with the subject line: "Your Last Name, Your First Name Storage Question".


SPECIAL NOTE: Per a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Travel Order, effective August 1, 2020, all persons entering Massachusetts (including college/university students and any parents/family members accompanying them), who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete a Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless they are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to their arrival in Massachusetts.
  • If a COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must self-quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

If you are arriving to live on campus for Fall 2020, MIT's policies for testing and self-quarantine fulfill the Commonwealth's requirements.  Please, however, complete the Travel Form if you are required to do so according to the criteria outlined on the Commonwealth's website

Please find more information on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website, including the list of lower-risk states, exemptions, quarantine requirements, and other details. 

MIT COVID-19 POLICIES & COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS Individuals (including students and proxies) who visit campus to retrieve belongings must abide by the terms and conditions of the Massachusetts Travel Order. By completing the Fall 2020 Storage Retrieval Form, you acknowledge your compliance. Students should be prepared to provide proof of completing the Massachusetts Travel Form upon retrieval of belongings on campus.

All individuals must wear a face covering, as well as practice physical distancing and hand hygiene, and adhere to COVID-19 policies at all times while on campus.
 

SECTION I. STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS FOR THE FALL 2020 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 Fall 2020 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 Fall 2020 room assignment.
  3. If you left items within a residential room, they may have been relocated since March 2020. You can work with you House Operations Manager to have items brought to your Fall 2020 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 Fall 2020, there will be coordinated 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.
  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 FALL 2020 SEMESTER, BUT WHO PLAN TO LIVE ON CAMPUS IN THE FUTURE (SPRING 2021 OR FALL 2021 SEMESTER)

  1. If you stored with Piece by Piece Movers, your items can stay in storage at no cost to you until you return to campus for the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 semester.
    • If you need your items returned to you, you can arrange shipment of your items. 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.
  2. If you stored in a residence’s in-house storage area, your items can stay in storage at no cost to you until you return to campus.
  3. If you left items within a residential room, your items can stay in storage at no cost to you until you return to campus. Note that your items may have been relocated since March 2020.
  4. 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.
  5. If you stored your items in a house-sponsored PODS container, you have the option of having your items packed-up and stored by Piece by Piece Movers 
    • It is not recommended to have remaining items kept in the PODS container and returned to campus for the spring semester, as re-delivery in January may not be possible because of inclement weather and snow accumulation.
    • Student belongings that are packed and stored by Piece by Piece Movers will be handled per individual student requests; they can be stored for any amount of time, and even shipped.
    • If you would like to arrange for Piece by Piece Movers to pack your belongings from a PODS container, please complete the Fall 2020 Storage Retrieval Form.
  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 VIII of this guide.
    • Please note that it is not recommended to have the PODS container returned to campus for the spring semester, as re-delivery in January may not be possible because of inclement weather and snow accumulation.

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

  1. If you stored 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 your items from the MIT campus. Items can be retrieved by appointment only. Please complete the Fall 2020 Storage Retrieval Form to request a scheduled pick-up appointment.
  2. If you stored items in a residence’s in-house storage area or in an individual room, you will need to arrange to pick-up your items from the MIT campus. Items can be retrieved by appointment only. Please complete the Fall 2020 Storage Retrieval Form to request a scheduled pick-up appointment. 
  3. If you previously lived in an FSILG, you should have received information from the FSILG office regarding storage retrieval. Email fsilg-office@mit.edu with questions.
  4. If you stored items in a house-sponsored PODS container, you will need to arrange to pick-up your items from the PODS container while it is on the MIT campus. Please contact the Area Director for your residence or complete the Fall 2020 Storage Retrieval Form.
  5. If you stored items in an individually-arranged PODS container, please have your PODS container delivered to your off-campus residence.

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 Fall 2020 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; students are expected to pay any remaining balance for shipping charges. Students who are experiencing financial hardship may request to have their subsidy amount reviewed and adjusted.  If you have any questions, please email ughousingfall2020@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 this on the Fall 2020 Storage Retrieval Form. 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.