What to Pack

Initial Suggestions

Obviously everyone has unique needs. One of the best features of Eckerd's dorm rooms is that you have a lot of freedom in your decorating. Each room comes with 2 each of the following: twin bed, desk, chair, dresser, closet, and mirror. The list of packing suggestions below is from student experience and may include items that you have no use for. This isn't a "must have" list; these are just some suggestions to get you started. Please remember that you can buy many of these things once you arrive!  You will definitely want to double-check with your roommate to discuss who will bring which items.

Smaller Items

  • Bath Towels (2 to 4)
  • Beach towels
  • Coffee or tea maker
  • Comforter or blanket
  • Desk lamp
  • Hangers
  • Mattress pad
  • Medicine kit (band aids, aspirin, cold medicine, etc)
  • Message board for your door
  • Pillow(s)
  • Plastic plates, utensils, cups, mugs, and bowls
  • Posters or pictures for the wall
  • Power strip (please note: extension cords are NOT allowed)
  • Sheets (see note below)
  • Shower bucket (to fit shampoo, soap, toothbrush, razor, etc.)
  • Small shelf unit, milk crates, or shelves
  • Small tool kit
  • Under bed storage boxes (3 or 4)
  • Wall calendar
  • Wall hooks
  • Washcloths

Sheets
The beds in residence halls have extra-long twin mattresses. We highly recommend that all new students purchase extra-long, twin-sized sheets. The Student Affairs Office will provide a packet of information that will give you a better idea of what to purchase. Student Affairs will also send you information regarding a collegiate linen service which offers you the option of ordering your sheets via their catalog and having them delivered directly to campus. Given the importance of air conditioning, we also recommend a blanket and/or comforter.

How to Get Your Stuff Here:
Many stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Wal-Mart, Target, etc will allow you to order items at one store or online and pick them up at another location. If you are traveling from far away, you might want to consider picking up your purchases at these store's St. Petersburg location to make your travels easier.

Larger Items

These are some suggestions of things that will make life a little easier, but are not necessities. You will definitely want to double-check with your roommate to discuss who will bring which items.

Refrigerator
If you buy a small fridge (roughly between $50.00 and $90.00) and use it for your four years at Eckerd, you can sell it during your senior year for $40.00 or so. Renting is much more expensive, costing at least $60.00 per year.

Microwave
Small and simple is all you need. This is a great investment.

Computer
While Eckerd’s computer lab is open 24 hours, it is highly recommend you have your own computer.  If you have any questions about what kind of computer will be best, you can find minimum requirements and lots more information on the Information Technology Services site.

You’ll be able to pick up a wireless connection virtually anywhere on campus, however, each room is also equipped with an Ethernet connection. You can learn more about connecting to the campus network here. Information about purchasing a computer can be found here. You may also call Information Technology Services at (800) 456-9009, ext. 8318.

Television
Each room has cable available with around 70 channels. There are televisions in the lounges, but if it's possible, it's nice to have one in your room. While Eckerd provides basic cable as a standard service, students are now able to order Premium Digital Cable from Bright House Networks at a discounted student rate.

Telephones
Since most students have cell phones, student rooms are not equipped with a landline connection. Students who wish to purchase a digital phone landline hookup in their dorm room must purchase it through Bright House Networks.

DVD Player
As mentioned before, the lounges are equipped with televisions, however, they do not have DVD players.  Having a DVD player may not be a critical item, but it might be nice to have if you plan on watching movies with friends in your room.

Stereo or radio
Because you don't really need two of these, communicate with your future roommate!

Energy Saving Suggestions

Eckerd is dedicated to making eco-conscious decisions and we hope you will too. When dorm room shopping, we encourage you to consider Energy Star rated appliances, which can save anywhere from 30 to 70% electricity. You can find Energy Star rated TVs, DVD players, refrigerators, microwaves, and stereos at most retailers. We also encourage you to consider buying compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. Not only do they use less energy, they also last much longer than traditional light bulbs.

Clothing

Shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits, and lightweight clothing is your wardrobe during the first few months of school. However, it is important to bring jeans, a lightweight jacket, some sweatshirts, and things of that nature. We take our air-conditioning very seriously down here, so buildings can be chilly despite the fact that it is much warmer outside. Overall, dress on campus is very casual, especially considering our temperatures, but it is still a good idea to have a few "dressy" things, just in case. August, September, and the beginning of October tend to be hot and humid. After Thanksgiving, you should be prepared for occasional cold nights.

Transportation on campus

Transportation on Campus

Bikes on Campus
Eckerd College has "community bicycles" available for use on campus as part of the yellow bike program. These are wonderful for getting around campus. However, you will want to consider bringing your own bike for off-campus trips. There's plenty to do within a few miles of campus and plenty of bike trails to find for the more serious rider. Florida's flat terrain makes biking easy.

If you don't own a bike and are thinking of investing in one, you can purchase a bike at any of the many bike shops in the Tampa Bay area, including ABC bikes, a proud supporter of the yellow bike program. ABC not only provides service and support to the yellow bike program, they also provide bike discounts to Eckerd students and on campus service.

Skateboards
Skateboards are also a popular item on campus. The roads on campus are paved and in pretty good shape. If you have a skateboard, bring it along!

Cars
Freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus. You will have to register your vehicle with campus safety and pay a small fee. About half of our students have cars on campus.

Public Transportation
For those who do not have a car, or those who are not a fan of biking - you are in luck. There is a public bus stop on campus. Fares are reasonable and you can buy an all day pass or monthly unlimited passes. You can ride the bus to the beaches, downtown St. Petersburg, Tyrone Mall and Clearwater. Check the PSTA website for more information.

Summer Storage

The only time students move out of their rooms is during summer break. During the summer, there are some great storage places within 1 to 4 miles of campus, which many students decide to store their belongings until the fall. The storage units are large enough to share with a friend or two, so many will decide to share a space with a roommate or friend.  Costs can range from $30.00 to $60.00 for the summer, depending on how many people are storing together as well as if you decide to bring your belongings to the storage site or if they will be dropping off the container on campus.

For those interested in maintaining a small storage space throughout the school year (for those with lots of luggage or other large items that might be inconvenient in a dorm room) and for everyone else to keep in mind for the summer, you may contact one of the following local storage facilities to investigate their offerings.

Hideaway Storage
3950 34th Street South
$79 one time delivery charge
$59 per month
Website
727-864-4896

Spare Room Mini-Storage
4311 34th Street South
727-866-9357
No PODS, $47.08/month storage unit

Stormax Self Storage
4250 34th Street
727-866-7373
No PODS, $39-84/month storage unit

May I mail any boxes to myself prior to my arrival?

Yes, but there is a limit! Students may mail a maximum of 3 boxes to their Eckerd mailbox number not to arrive before July 27th. Students will receive their mailbox number and mailing instructions in early to mid July.

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