What to Pack
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!
The beds in the traditional residence halls (i.e. all but NU and OMEGA) 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.
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.
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.
Small and simple is all you need. This is a great investment.
If you have a computer or are thinking about getting one, it's a great idea and there is plenty of space. You'll find minimum requirements and lots more information on the Information Technology Services site.
Each room has an Ethernet connection in it, 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.
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 and more directly from Bright House Networks all at a discounted student rate.
Due to the increase in cell phone usage, 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.
VCR or DVD Player
While this is not a critical item, it is a lot of fun if you or your roommate can view movies in your room. Movies with friends can be a nice break.
Stereo or radio
Because you don't really need two of these, communicate with your future roommate!
The best suggestion that we can offer here is to bring every pair of shorts you've ever owned. 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. 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
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.
We strongly encourage each student to bring a bike. If you don't own one, you can purchase a bike at any of the many bike shops in the Tampa Bay area, including ABC bikes, 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 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!
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 out their website at http://www.psta.net for more information.
The only time that students generally move out of their rooms is during summer break. From time to time, freshman are asked to move their belongings for the winter term if they don't plan to be on campus and their room is needed for winter term visiting students. Basically, once you move in, it's your room and your space. During the summer, there are some great storage places within 1 to 4 miles of campus. Many students will share storage space with friends. Costs can range from $30.00 to $60.00 for the summer, depending on how many people are storing together. Within the group, a few will have cars available and will help get everyone's items to the storage area.
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 spring, you may contact one of the following local storage facilities to investigate their offerings.
3950 34th Street South
PODS $55/month, $69 delivery charge
PODS can be delivered on campus for mobile storage.
Spare Room Mini-Storage
4311 34th Street South
No PODS, $47.08/month storage unit
Stormax Self Storage
4250 34th Street
No PODS, $39-84/month storage unit
Yes, but there is a limit! Students may mail a maximum of 3 boxes, up to 70 pounds each to their Eckerd mailbox number not to arrive before December 17. Students will receive their mailbox number and mailing instructions in early December.