Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life


Spring 2020 COVID Storage Plan 

Reed College's COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan: important information on the COVID-19 pandemic and the college's prevention and response plan. 

Please do your very best to pack up as many belongings in your room as possible:

  • Label all your boxes and items.
  • Throw out, recycle, and donate what you do not want to keep (this will help our facilities team considerably; they will not know what should be discarded and what should be kept). 

Facilities staff and area coordinators are dropping off boxes and packing supplies to the following locations March 16:

  • Foster/Scholz Common Room
  • Winch (ODB)
  • Spanish House
  • Bidwell
  • Naito 1 Common Room
  • Bragdon 1 Common Room
  • Trillium Core Common Room
  • RCA room 

Do your best to share the supplies we have; we know the supply might not be enough for everyone but we are trying to provide as much as we can. Students who are not leaving until closer to March 27 may want to take one or two boxes now and use time over spring break to get boxes from local area grocery stores and campus recycling bins.

If you have lamps, mini-fridges, or small items of furniture to store, we will do our best to accommodate these items in storage. You must label every item with your name and student ID. 

There are Arc of Oregon donation bins for clothing around campus (North and RCA parking lots). Staff are unable to organize a donation drive at this time. 

If you have items you cannot pack, including large furniture, we recommend private storage if possible. If you would like items shipped home, we recommend looking into U-Haul College Boxes and similar programs.

While Reed will treat items left behind with care, we want to encourage you to take valuable items with you. Lock your room door behind you so items left behind are secured until they are moved to storage. 

At this time we cannot guarantee access to stored items during the rest of the semester and summer. Pack with the assumption that you will not be able to access these items until fall 2020. 

We are unable to promise that Reed can ship items home. We are unable to store items indefinitely. We will store items as long as this situation requires; however if students do not pick up items in fall 2020, Reed may not be able to keep them in storage. Reed will communicate with students as we set up the logistics for storage. Today, the priority is to help students get safely home.

Staff members from residence life and student life will be in Commons this week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for drop-in advising and assistance with travel planning. Residence life is still responding to phone calls and emails, so please let us know if you have questions.

Updated March 16 at noon. 

Summer Storage: 

Due to COVID-19 summer storage is not available this year, please reference the information above. 

Over the years on-campus student storage has been increasingly utilized. Due to this fact, we can no longer guarantee storage space for every student. Spaces are assigned on a first come - first serve basis, so it is important to plan ahead. Please see the on-campus storage guidelines below and contact Residence Life if you have any questions. 

Important Note: The College does not assume any responsibility for residents' personal property, whether it is in the residents' living space, the storage area, or elsewhere on the premises. Thus, it is advised that residents refrain from storing computers and other valuables in storage rooms.

Standardized Boxes

  • Students will be allowed to store up to 4 boxes

  • Boxes must be one standard size: 24x24x12

  • Students can purchase standard-sized boxes from Reed Bookstore for $7.50 each

  • Students can reuse these boxes from year to year to save money


  • Students will be able to store one mini-fridge (in addition to 4 boxes) in Sequoia storage room until fridge space runs out

  • Students must request a fridge space when they get their storage assignment and they must label the mini-fridge with an official Residence Life storage label

Storage Locations

Storage Locations this year will include:

  • Naito
  • Sullivan
  • Sequoia
  • ODB
  • Bragdon
  • Scholz
  • MacNaughton

Storage Hours During Fall/Spring Semester

Storage access during the Fall and Spring semester is by appointment only. Please email to be connected with the appropriate Area Coordinator. Storage labels during the semester will be available at the Residence Life desk in 28 West between 8:30 AM and 12 PM, Monday-Friday.


Fall 2019 Storage Information

All Fall 2019 storage hours are for removal of items only. 

Early Arrival Students

Residence Life will have limited storage access each day to allow early arrival students to remove items from storage. We will have storage appointments available from 7–8 p.m. on the following days:

  • Sunday, August 18, 7–8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 21, 7–8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 22, 7-8 p.m.
  • Monday, August 26, 7-8 p.m
  • Tuesday, August 27, 7-8 p.m
  • Wednesday, August 28, 7-8 p.m
  • Thursday, August 29, 7-8 p.m 

These hours are available by appointment only, so you must schedule an appointment in advance to access your storage space. To schedule an appointment:

  1. Email residence life ( with the day you would like to retrieve your belongings and the storage space you need to access.
  2. To ensure that you receive a storage space appointment please email residence life no later than Friday, August 16 at 5pm. After this date we cannot guarantee storage space access.  
  3. We will respond and let you know when and where to meet a staff member to gain access to your storage space.

Returning Students

For all returning students, we will have hours to remove items from storage during the following times. We will not allow access to storage outside of these hours, so please plan accordingly.

  • Friday, August 30, 7–8 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31, 7–8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1, 3–4 p.m.
  • Monday, September 2, 2-3 p.m.

Staff members will be available in each area to give students access to storage spaces. Please look for signage on buildings indicating where to locate staff members.


Spring 2019 Storage Information

How to Receive a Storage Space:

During early May, Residence Life will send out an email announcing that storage sign-ups are open. Storage spaces will be assigned via electronic form on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Dropping Off Your Boxes

During the designated times below, students are able to drop off their boxes at their assigned storage location. A House Advisor or other staff member will be there to assist you. Storage rooms will only be accessible during these times. Students may not store items that are not packed in the approved boxes with approved labels.

Wednesday, May 15 7-9 pm
Thursday, May 16 3-5 pm
Friday, May 17

3-5 pm
7-9 pm

Saturday, May 18 12-2 pm
Sunday, May 19 12-2 pm
Monday, May 20 7-9 pm 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is able to get on-campus storage?

Students who are leaving campus for summer break, or for leave/study abroad purposes, are allowed to sign up for storage before they depart. Storage is not for students who wish to store "extra" belongings during the year while they are on campus or in Portland. Once a student returns to campus they are required to remove their belongings from storage. 

Can I store furniture?

Residence Life will not store furniture, rugs, etc. Items such as lamps will need to fit into the standard box to be stored. Residence Life will donate furniture, rugs, etc. that are found in storage spaces. 

Can my friend drop off my boxes to storage?

Sure, they can bring them to storage as long as they are properly packed and labeled, and deposited in the assigned storage space.

What size is a standardized box?

The only boxes accepted into storage are 24x24x12 and can be purchased at the bookstore for $7.50 each. These boxes can be reused during your tenure at Reed.

Can I store things if I am studying abroad? If I am graduating?

  • If you will be studying abroad, you remain enrolled as a Reed student  and you have the same access to storage as all other enrolled students. 
  • If you graduate, you are no longer enrolled and therefore you cannot use Reed storage. Any items that remain in storage after you graduate will be donated or disposed of. 

How can I get my old stuff out of storage?

Come with your Reed ID to your storage room during posted storage hours and tell the HA or staff member you will be removing your boxes. If you don't remember where you box is, contact your AC and they will be able to tell you.

How long can my stuff stay in storage?

  • Storage assignments are valid for up to two years, and they are only available for enrolled Reed students.
    • This means that your storage space will expire two years after you sign up for the space, once you have returned to campus, or once you are no longer enrolled at Reed--whichever comes first.
  • When your storage expiration date is approaching, you have two options:
    • You can retrieve your items from storage (during approved storage hours) prior to your storage expiration date.
    • Or you can renew your storage assignment. You must follow standard procedures for registering for a storage space through Reed Residence Life.

What if I can't make it to the listed storage hours?

Contact your Area Coordinator and together you can figure out a time for you to access storage. 

What happens if I leave my stuff in storage after my assignment has expired?

Any items that remain in an expired storage space will be donated or disposed of.

What if I can’t make it back to campus to get my stuff?
  • If you’re still an enrolled Reed student, we can arrange to have your boxes shipped to the address you provided to us when you registered for storage. The shipping charges will be charged to your student account and you will be responsible for all shipping costs. We will not open boxes to check the contents of the box or re-pack your items. We cannot be held liable for any losses or damages that occur to your items.
  • If you are no longer an enrolled student, we will not ship your items. You are responsible for retrieving your items in person. Or, you can appoint a designee who is authorized to retrieve your items, as long as you give us their name ahead of time and they make an appointment with us to access the storage room.

Can I put a storage box with my items in my friend's storage space without notifying Res Life?

We do not recommend using a storage space that has not been assigned to you, as we will have no record of your items and will be unable to locate them for you. We will also be unable to contact you if the storage space is approaching the expiration date and your boxes are scheduled for donation/disposal.