Prepare for Arrival

Get ready for the start of your Eckerd educational experience before you arrive for Winter/Spring Term check-in January 8, 2021.

Important Dates

December 1 – Housing ApplicationHousing Agreement and Housing Addendum Due

December 2 – Student Billing Mailed

mid-December – Housing assignments emailed to your Eckerd email account

December 7 – Immunization Form Due

December 14 – Student ID Photo Due

December 14 – Emergency & Missing Contact Info. Form Due

December 14 – Family & Legacy Form Due

December 14 – Health Insurance Waiver Form Due

December 14 – Completion of Online Courses (see Portal for specific online courses and trainings)

January 4 – Payment for Winter/Spring Semester Due

January 8 – Winter Term Check In & Orientation

January 11 – 1st Day of Winter Term Class

February 4 – End of Winter Term

February 8 – First Day of Spring Semester

February 16 – End of drop/add period for Spring Semester

February 19-21 – Virtual Family Weekend

What to Pack

Small Items

  • Alarm Clock
  • Small shelf unit, milk crates or shelves
  • Mattress pad
  • Comforter or blanket
  • Twin extra long bedsheets
  • Desk lamp and floor 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
  • Plastic plates, utensils, cups, mugs and bowls
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Small trash can
  • Coffee or tea maker without hot plate
  • Hangers
  • Shower caddy (for shampoo, soap, toothbrush, razor, etc.)
  • Surge protector
  • Headphones or a small speaker
  • Command strips/hooks for hanging decorations
  • Portable laundry basket and laundry detergent
  • Broom/small vacuum

Large Items

  • Television
    Each room has cable available with approximately 100 channels. There are televisions in the lounges, but if it’s possible, it’s nice to have one in your room.
  • Computer
    If you have a computer or are thinking about getting one, it’s a great idea and there is plenty of space. All of our rooms are equipped with wireless internet. You’ll find minimum requirements and lots more information on the Information Technology Services site.
  • 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 donate it to our Trash 2 Treasure sale before you graduate. Renting is much more expensive, costing over $200.00 per year.
  • Bikes on Campus
    Eckerd College has yellow “community bicycles” available for use on campus only as part of the bike program. They are wonderful for getting around campus. Eckerd also has six white bicycles that are available for students to take off campus. However, you will still want to consider bringing your own bike as these are all very popular. There’s plenty to do within a few miles of campus and many bike trails for the more serious rider. Florida’s flat terrain makes biking easy. If you don’t want to bring your bike from home or don’t own one, you can purchase a bicycle at one at any of the bike shops in the Tampa Bay area, including the Nu Bicycle Shop on campus.
  • 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 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 $120.00 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.

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.

Summer Storage

The only time that students generally move out of their rooms is during summer break. From time to time, first-year students 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), you may contact one of the following local storage facilities:

Hideaway Storage
3950 34th Street South
727-565-0363
PODS $55/month, $69 delivery charge
PODS can be delivered on campus for mobile storage.

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

Travel & Transport

What is the closest airport?

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?

  • Renting a Car
    Both airports also offer rental car services. Tampa International has sixteen rental car companies located on the property: Avis, Budget, Payless, Zipcar; Enterprise, Alamo, National; Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty; Ace; Advantage; E-Z; Executive; Fox; Sixt. St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport offers service from the following rental car companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.
  • Driving Directions
    Right off of Interstate 275, Eckerd’s campus is easy to find! For specific driving directions, utilize Google Maps here.
  • Uber/Lyft
    Uber and Lyft are downloadable apps for users on Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Phones. Uber and Lyft connect 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 check in, many families choose to arrive early and stay in the area. They enjoy the extra time to rest and recharge before check-in as well as to pick up any last-minute items not purchased at home.

There are quite a few hotel options in the local area. A list of recommended hotels can be found on our Parents page. If you’re considering a hotel that is not listed, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 727-864-8331 if you would like information regarding the hotel’s location, surrounding area and 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 to or less than many nights in a hotel and it would provide a full kitchen and more space. Feel free to use Airbnb or Vrbo for rentals.

NOTE:
You may not move into the residence halls until your assigned check-in date and time. 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.

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.