Prepare for Arrival

Get ready for the start of your Eckerd educational experience before you arrive for Spring Term check-in January 2, 2020.

What to Pack

Small Items

  • Alarm Clock
  • Small shelf unit, milk crates or shelves
  • Mattress pad
  • Comforter or blanket
  • Sheets (twin extra long)
  • Desk lamp
  • Pillows
  • Under bed storage boxes (3 or 4)
  • Towels (2 to 4)
  • Posters or other wall art
  • Washcloths (2 to 4)
  • Day Planner or calendar
  • Message board for your door
  • Beach towels
  • Soap dish
  • Plastic plates, utensils, cups, mugs and bowls
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Coffee or tea maker
  • Hangers
  • Plastic pitcher for your fridge (tea, water, juice)
  • Shower caddy (for shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, razor, etc.)
  • Surge protector
  • Stereo or radio

Large Items


Each room has cable available with over 100 channels. There are televisions in the lounges, but if it’s possible, it’s nice to have one in your room.


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.


If you buy a small fridge (roughly between $50.00 and $90.00) and use it for your four years at Eckerd, you can donate it to our Trash 2 Treasure sale before you graduate. Renting is much more expensive, costing at least $200.00 per year.

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!

Cars on Campus

First year students are allowed to keep cars on campus. All cars must be registered with campus safety during Autumn Term. The parking permit is $110.00 and will guarantee you parking for one school year.

Transportation Off Campus

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 the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority website for more information. Or check out our U-Haul Car Share program where students can rent out one of four on-campus vehicles for personal use.

Mailing Items Ahead

If you would like to ship a few boxes to campus in advance, you are permitted to mail a maximum of 5 boxes to your Eckerd mailbox number. Make sure they arrive after July 31st. Students will receive their mailbox number and mailing instructions in mid June.

Summer Storage

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.

Hideaway Storage
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

New Student Arrival Schedule for Winter Term

Please note this schedule is tentative.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

9:30 a.m.
Arrival and Check-In | Franklin Templeton Building
You will meet representatives from the following offices and programs:

  • Bursars Office and Financial Aid – Meet with representatives from both the Business Office and Financial Aid to complete necessary paperwork to check-in.
  • Counseling and Health Services – Discuss with staff the health forms that are required for clearance.

Following the check-in at Franklin Templeton, you will be issued a clearance card to take to the Office of Campus Safety and Security, located in Brown Hall, to receive your room key, Student Identification Card, and to register your motor vehicle.

You may move into your residence following the morning check-in process.

12:30 p.m.
Welcome Lunch | Cobb Gallery (Families Welcome)
Meet with the Dean of Students Jim Annarelli, Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison, Registrar Laura Raymond, and student leaders to receive important information and participate in pledging the Eckerd College Honor Code.

Additionally, families will meet with Associate Dean of Students, Anne Wetmore, to receive information about services provided to Eckerd families.

1:45 p.m.
Introduction to Student Services and Programs | Cobb Gallery (students only)
During Winter Term, the following orientation programs will be offered to familiarize you with the various academic and support services that are available on campus. Attendance for each event is required and participating in these programs will earn 2 College Program Series credits at the conclusion of Winter Term.

1:45 pm – Healthy Expectations/It’s Up to Us
Being part of a community of over 1,900 college students presents some unique challenges.  Staff will talk with you about finding your place in this community, adjusting to life in the residence halls, staying healthy while in college, making responsible choices about alcohol and other drugs, and knowing how and when to get help for yourself or a friend.  You will also become familiar with the various health resources available to you.

2:15 pm – Campus Safety and You
Join the Office of Campus Safety and Security for a presentation about how to keep yourself and your things safe on campus.

3:30 pm – Reflective Service Learning at Eckerd College
Join the Office of Service-Learning for a presentation that focusses on the Reflective Service Learning requirement and the exciting opportunities offered by the Office of Service Learning.

4:00 pm International Students (Families welcome)
International students need to stop by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, located in Fox Hall adjacent to the patio, to meet with Olivier Debure, Director of International Student Services.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bookstore Hours
Stop by the Campus Bookstore, located in Edmundson Hall, to buy books before the first day of class.

8:00 p.m.
Welcome Social | Tritons Pub
Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) welcomes you to your new home with a student social complete with appetizers, drinks and entertainment.  You will have a chance to ask about ways to be involved on campus, learn about the 100 registered clubs and organizations, and have all your questions answered.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your student leaders!

Friday, January 3

First class meeting of Winter Term.
Please check you welcome schedule for time and location.

2:00 p.m.
MyEckerdLibrary Orientation | Armacost Library
You will meet Eckerd’s friendly and helpful librarians and discover what services and research tools the library has to offer.

3:00 p.m.
Academic Honor Council | Armacost Library
Members of the Academic Honor council (AHC) at Eckerd College will provide insights into Eckerd’s academic Honor Policy

Monday, January 6

2:00 p.m.
Writing Center | Brown Hall 103
Staff from the Writing Center will discuss the services available for students to become effective, efficient writers.

2:30 p.m.
Writing Competency Graduation Requirement | Brown Hall 103
Professor Ramsey-Tobienne will discuss in detail the Writing Portfolio.

Tuesday, January 7

2:00 p.m.
The Bevan Center of Academic Excellence | Brown Hall 103
Staff members from the John M. Bevan Center for Academic Excellence (BCAE) will provide information on resources and opportunities available to achieve academic success in the classroom and after graduation.

2:30 p.m.
Rahall Communication Resource Center | Brown Hall 103
The staff of the Rahall center will explaining how the Center can help students from all discipline improve their oral communication proficiency. They will discuss services that focus on managing communication apprehension, initial brainstorming, outlying, media support and rehearsals.

Wednesday, January 8

2:00 p.m.
Campus Activities | Brown Hall 103
Campus Activities staff will discuss ways to become involved with campus events, student clubs, ECOS leadership, the Student Programming Board, campus recreation and more.

2:30 p.m.
Connecting Across Differences | Brown Hall 103
Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for an interactive program where you will experience how to go beyond curiosity and discomfort to communicate effectively with people different from you.

Thursday, January 9

2:00 p.m.
Registration and Degree Plan Workshop | Brown Hall 103
During this information session, students will learn about the course registration process at Eckerd and will be encourage to ask questions.

2:30 p.m.
College to Career | Brown Hall 103
Join member of Career Services at they provide strategies for perusing career related activities during your time at Eckerd, building networks of professional connections and using social media to you benefit.

Travel & Transport

Which airport should we fly to?

There are two airports within 20-25 minutes of campus that serve the Tampa Bay area. TPA handles a large volume of flights and handles most airline carriers. PIE is a smaller terminal that serves fewer airline carriers.

Tampa International Airport (TPA)
St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

How should we get from the airport to Eckerd?

Super Shuttle
Super Shuttle serves both Tampa International and St. Petersburg/Clearwater airports. Students and guests can schedule this transportation in advance by contacting Super Shuttle on the web or by phone at 1-800-282-6817. Super Shuttle may also be scheduled on the baggage claim levels at the ground transportation area when they arrive at the airport. As a van service, it’s important to know that most vans don’t leave the airport until they have acquired at least 4 to 6 passengers. For this reason, you may not leave the airport immediately. We encourage you to estimate your arrival at Eckerd between an hour and an hour and a half from the time that your plane lands at the airport.

Renting a Car
Both airports also offer rental car services. Tampa International has five rental car companies which are located on the property: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, and Thrifty. Other companies (including Alamo and National) have rental offices off property and require a shuttle from the baggage claim area. A full listing can be found on the airport web site. St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport offers service from the following rental car companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Payless. Please contact the rental car companies to determine which are located on airport property.

Driving Directions
Right off of Interstate 275, Eckerd’s campus is easy to find! For specific driving directions, utilize Google Maps here.

Uber is a downloadable app for users on Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Phones. Uber connects riders with drivers using their phone’s GPS capabilities and provides users with a reliable, safe form of transportation. Use their website to get a fare estimate to see what it might cost you here.

When should we arrive and depart and where should we stay?

Although you will not be able to move into your residence hall until Autumn Term check in, many families choose to arrive early and stay in the area. They enjoy the extra time to rest and recharge before registration and move-in begin as well as pick up any last-minute items not purchased at home. As Autumn Term will be under way, families will leave either on the afternoon of Saturday, August 13 or Sunday, August 14. Please consult the parent schedule for specific details.

There are quite a few hotel options in the local area. A list of recommended hotels can be found here. If you’re considering a hotel that is not listed, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office(800) 456-9009, ext. 8331 if you would like information regarding the hotel’s location, surrounding area, and the proximity to the College.

If you plan to be in the area longer than a couple of nights, we would recommend that you consider renting a condominium or house as the cost may be equal or less than many nights in a hotel and it would provide a full kitchen and more space. The following real estate agencies provide rental information for the local area.

Frank T. Hurley Real Estate, serving St. Pete Beach. (727) 367-1949
Brooks Realty, serving the beaches, Tierra Verde, etc. (727) 866-7368

Students will attend their first class on Saturday, August 13, while parents may attend the President’s breakfast and other orientation activities. Please see the tabs below

You may not move into the residence halls until Friday,  August 12th. If you will be driving to St. Petersburg and anticipate that you will have items to store for a few days, please contact Spare Room Mini Storage, Inc. Their phone number is (727) 866-9357.

Important Dates

January 2 – Residence Halls open at 9:00 a.m. Winter Term Orientation.

January 3 – Winter Term Begins

January 8 – End of drop/add period for Winter Term

January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no classes

January 24 – Winter Term Ends

January 28 – Spring Term Begins

February 4 – End of drop/add period for Spring Semester

February 21-23 – Family Weekend

International student? Please have a look at this pre-arrival checklist we put together just for you.

Of course, we can’t cover everything, so if you didn’t find what you are looking for, please contact your admission counselor for more details.