Pack-A-Dorm

Between finals, saying goodbye to friends, and figuring out summer plans, packing might not be the first thing on your priority list. The official Tufts University move-out program, Pack-A-Dorm, was designed to simplify the process and make it easy for you to reduce your waste. Move-out stations will be available across campus so you can store, ship, donate, and recycle your waste instead of sending it all to the landfill.

We’re giving away $700 worth of prizes, so head to your nearest move-out station during the hours listed below for a chance to win!

Keep It, Store It, Ship It

Plan to take your belongings home with you so that you can reuse them in the future. Remember that reusing is cheaper than buying new in the fall and helps reduce your carbon footprint.

The UPS Store will be on campus (locations and times below) to help you store and ship items. UPS will provide free boxes and tape. They also offer a range of services including packing and room pick-up for an extra fee, see their website for details and restrictions.

Take It Outside

Please DO NOT leave anything in the residence halls including your room, the common rooms, hallways, and lobbies. Fines will be imposed upon those who fail to comply.

Charges for anything left in the hallways or other common areas will be split between residents of the floor, suite, or building. 

General Move-Out Station Hours

At the following locations, from May 4th–13th, you can drop off donations, broken electronics, leftover food, and standard recycling & landfill/trash:

 

Upper Campus Station: between Houston Hall and Carmichael 

  • May 4th-9th (12:00-4:00 PM)
  • May 10th (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
  • May 11th (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
  • May 12th (9:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
  • May 13th (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Lower Campus Station: between Latin Way Apartments and Haskell Hall

  • May 4th-9th (12:00-4:00 PM)
  • May 10th (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
  • May 11th (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
  • May 12th (9:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
  • May 13th (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Hillsides Station: parking lot below Hill Hall 

  • May 4th-9th (12:00-4:00 PM)
  • May 10th (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
  • May 11th (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
  • May 12th (9:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
  • May 13th (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Pack-A-Dorm 2017 Move-Out Station Map

 View a custom Google Map with move-out station dates & times

Late Stays 

If you are remaining on campus after May 14th, you can drop off at Upper Campus Station and Lower Campus Station during the following dates and times:

  • May 14th-20th (1:00-4:00 PM)
  • May 21st (6:00-8:00 PM)
  • May 22nd (8:00 AM-1:00 PM)

Seniors

Seniors living in Stratton and Sophia Gordon Hall can drop off at Aidekman Station (across the street from Stratton and Sophia Gordon Hall) during the following dates and times:

  • May 21st (6:00-8:00 PM)
  • May 22nd (8:00 AM-1:00 PM)

Be sure to catch the Senior Week Packing Party on Friday, May 19th at 11:30 AM. There will be FREE pizza and many chances to win prizes.

Blakeley, Richardson, Carpenter and Wilson

If you are a resident of Blakeley, Richardson, Carpenter, or Wilson and cannot make it to a move-out station, you can leave donations in the designated areas in your building. Designated areas for donations will be marked with a sign.

Please note that you MAY NOT leave any trash (including broken items) or general recyclables in your building. Fines will be imposed upon those who fail to comply. Leave only donations including clothing, non-perishable food, and books. Donations will be picked up by move-out staff on Thursday, May 11th, and Sunday, May 14th.

Small Group Houses

If you live in a small group house and cannot make it to a move-out station, you can leave donations in the designated areas in your building. Designated areas for donations will be marked with a sign.

Please note that you MAY NOT leave any trash (including broken items) or general recyclables in your building. Fines will be imposed upon those who fail to comply. Leave only donations including clothing, non-perishable food, and books. Donations will be picked up by move-out staff on Sunday, May 14th.

Greek Houses

You are permitted to leave donations in the designated areas in the house. Designated areas for donations will be marked with a sign.

Please note that you MAY NOT leave any trash (including broken items) or general recyclables in your building. Fines will be imposed upon those who fail to comply. Leave only donations including clothing, non-perishable food, and books. Donations will be picked up by move-out staff on Sunday, May 14th.

Off-Campus Housing

If you live off-campus, you may drop off your donations and recyclables at any of the move-out stations during the dates and times listed above.

UPS Storing & Shipping

The UPS Store is Tufts preferred provider for move-out shipping and storage services and will be on campus during the following dates & times to help store your items for the summer or ship them home.

We recommend you reserve your space early to ship or store items with UPS.

May 3rd-4th, 2:00-6:00 PM
Upper Campus Station
Lower Campus Station

May 6th-7th, 12:00-4:00 PM
Upper Campus Station
Lower Campus Station

May 10th-12th, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Upper Campus Station
Lower Campus Station

May 13th, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
Upper Campus Station
Lower Campus Station

May 21st, 6:00-8:00 PM
Aidekman Arts Center (across from SoGo)

May 22nd, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Aidekman Arts Center (across from SoGo)

Where do we send donations?

The weekend before Labor Day, the Office of Sustainability will host a homegoods sale to make it easy for students to fill their residence hall rooms or new apartments with affordable, sustainable housewares.  Furniture, kitchenware, rugs, or lighting donated during move-out will be sold during the event. Items that are not purchased will be donated to Goodwill.

Source: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/reduce/textile-recycling.html

Clothing and other textiles will be donated to Bay State Textiles. Note that clothes can be donated at the move-out stations after hours.

Books can be donated to the Tufts Book It Forward Program, which reduces the financial burden of buying textbooks.

Source: http://www.projectbread.org/get-the-facts/reports-and-studies/2015-status-report-on-hunger.html

Unopened, non-perishable food will be given to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Winter clothing, school supplies, and unopened personal care products will be donated to incoming Tufts students with great financial need.