Move-In/Move-Out Information

Fall 2020 Move Out Information

As we approach Thanksgiving and the end of the Fall 2020 semester, we acknowledge that this semester has been a whirlwind of new experiences. As we are yet unaware how the state of the COVID-19 pandemic will further affect us in the world, in the nation, and on our campus, we are implementing a new process for the close of the Fall 2020 semester.

 

Residence Halls will close promptly at 12 PM on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. All students are required to vacate their campus housing and will not be able to re-enter until the halls reopen in January.

 

Please note that, due to the restrictions created by the pandemic, our capacity to offer winter break housing unfortunately is very limited. However, there will be exceptions for international students who face travel restrictions, as well as for students with other significant hardships. We will be sending additional details and a link to request exceptions through the Office of Student Affairs soon.

 

Packing Directions

In an effort to plan appropriately for any changes that may arise and to allow for our staff to be able to clean and perform any necessary maintenance work over the winter break, we are asking that our students follow the following steps to help this process:

 

  • ALL on-campus students are asked to pack their belongings in their room over winter break. The Offices of Residential Life and Learning (ORLL) will provide boxes and packing tape for those who require it. Students who have reusable boxes/luggage are encouraged to utilize these items during your packing process. You will not be required to remove items from your residence hall room unless you are going remote or taking leave for spring 2021.
  • ALL Items should be labeled appropriately with the following information: Your Name, Student ID Number, Phone number/ Email address
  • ALL items should be placed neatly on your bed or in your closet/wardrobe. There should be nothing left on the floor or surfaces of your space.

 

We strongly recommend that valuable items are taken with you at the time of your departure.

 

Students who are departing from campus and are in need of packing materials can pick up items at a temporary location here at 20 Professors Row, Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM. We ask that students start off small with the number of materials they take and urge them to use items already in their possession to conserve the number of materials we have available for those who require it.

Move Out Directions

Please complete the following prior to departing from campus:

  • Your mini-fridge units should be cleared of perishable items and left plugged in to avoid any leaking water or potential damage
  • Windows should be closed prior to leaving campus
  • Your heater should be turned to level "3" to avoid any bursting pipes during the break period with cold temperatures
  • Waste and recycling receptacles should be utilized for any items you wish to throw away
  • Be sure to properly lock your door behind yourself as you leave - ALL student doors will be locked at the end of the semester.
For students not returning in Spring 2021
  • Your keys should be dropped off at 20 Professors Row, or with TUPD on the ground floor of Dowling Hall (419 Boston Ave)

Registering for Your Campus Departure

Prior to your departure from campus, please complete the campus departure form via the Housing Portal on SIS. All students are required to complete this form regardless of on-or-off campus status. Additional details and a link to request exceptions through the Office of Student Affairs will be available soon.

 

Students who will be going remote or taking leave for Spring 2021 will be required to remove all personal belongings from their student room. If you are choosing to store or ship your items ahead during the spring semester, you are welcome to utilize our vendor. We partner solely with The UPS Store to pack and store items. If you choose to go with another company, you must work with them prior to your departure from campus. As a reminder, outside vendors and guests are not allowed in the residence halls and students will be responsible for determining pick up with these vendors.

 

For more information on UPS Store services, please visit the UPS pack and ship store.


Students who have requested and have been approved for a room change for Spring 2021 may not be able to complete their move prior to their departure. For this reason, it is imperative that all student belongings are appropriately packed and labeled. For those students who will be able to complete their room change prior to leaving, a representative from Residential Life will connect with you regarding your planned departure date and the movement of your items to your new housing location. For those students who are unable to be moved to their new assignment prior to their fall campus departure, a representative from Residential Life will connect with you regarding next steps.

Spring 2021 Return to Campus Information

Students will begin to return to residence hall beginning January 19, 2021. Arrival Registration for the Spring 2021 semester will open on the Housing Portal in early December 2020. 

We encourage students coming from outside of the northeastern United States and New England to arrive on campus in the early part of the registration period.

Registration for Spring 2021 Arrival Testing/Move-In will be available in early December. Students may begin returnign to campus as early as January 19, 2021. It is highly recommended that students arriving from out of the New England area strive to arrive on campus in the early part of this process. There will be no early arrival option for students. More information on Spring 2021 move in will be available in early January 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

I am a graduate student living on-campus. Am I required to leave campus during winter break?

Yes, all students are required to depart from campus housing by 12 PM on Tuesday, December 22nd. Students who have an approved exam or review board for this date may request an additional date of stay via the Departure form.

 

Due to the restrictions created by the pandemic, our capacity to offer winter break housing is very limited. However, there will be exceptions for international students who face travel restrictions, as well as for students with other significant hardships. We will be sending additional details and a link to request exceptions through the Office of Student Affairs soon.

 
I requested a room change for Spring 2021. How can I move my items to the appropriate location before departing campus in the Fall?

Students who have requested and have been approved for a room change for Spring 2021 may not be able to complete their move prior to their departure. For this reason, it is imperative that all student belongings are appropriately packed and labeled. For those students who will be able to complete their room change prior to leaving, a representative from Residential Life will connect with you regarding your planned departure date and the movement of your items to your new housing location. For those students who are unable to be moved to their new assignment prior to their fall campus departure, a representative from Residential Life will connect with you regarding next steps.

Can my family help me during move out?

Due to social distancing measures, we strongly encourage students to limit the number of family members assisting them with move-out to one (1) to two (2) people. Note that all move-out supporters/assistants will need to comply with Commonwealth of Massachusetts regulations on travel and arrival to the state as well as posted signage throughout the campus.

What if I don't pack my items prior to leaving for campus?

We strongly encourage you to pack your items prior ot leaving campus in the fall. Students who fail to do this acknowledge that should a situation arise that calls for the need to move student items, that the University will not be responsible for lost or damaged items. 

I was not on campus for Fall 2020 but will be returning to campus in the Spring. Is there anything I need to be aware of?

Students new or returning from leave/remote study in the Spring 2021 semester will be contacted with more specific information regarding your arrival to campus. Those students in-region and in the area will be offered a Drive & Drop process prior to the start of move-in to be able to bring items to campus prior to their official move-in. The registration for that process will begin in early January 2021.

If you have left items with UPS storage over the period you were not present on campus, our office will be coordinating a drop off of items to student rooms prior to the start of the semester. The UPS Store is the only company that Tufts University partners with for student storage; any other companies and drop-offs must be coordinated with the student at the time of their arrival and must comply with all policies regarding entry into the building.

 

What if I change my mind about my housing status over the winter break (i.e. I choose to go remote and not return to campus)?

If your campus status changes over break and you have left items behind, please contact the Office of Residential Life and Learning at residentiallife@tufts.edu. A representative from the Residential Life team will contact you to discuss options for either picking up your items, or scheduling storage/shipping with our approved vendor (The UPS Store). It is also encouraged for you to reach out to Student Services to ensure that your status has been updated.

I would like to change my room for spring, but if I don't get the choice that I want, will I be able to remain in my current assignment?

Yes. Our office will be sure to inform you that the room or room type is not available and you will be able to remain in your current assignment.