Carleton College assumes no responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen items. The storage service is provided as an alternative to taking possessions off-campus each year. Students are responsible for posted information regarding storage hours. Space is limited. Commercial storage facilities are available in Northfield and the surrounding area.

Accessing Storage Definitions

  • Immediate Access – Storage is open and a custodian will be there during the hours provided on the storage calendar which is posted on the storage doors. 
  • Accessible Storage – Custodians will post the location where they are working in the building and can help you access storage. Just go to the floor where the custodian is working for assistance.
  • By Appointment – If you cannot get to storage during Immediate Access, please fill out the Request for Appointment Form.  
  • Storage Closed – Storage is unavailable. 

Storage Tickets

  • Each stored item must have a current storage ticket. Tickets are for the current academic year and may be purchased at the Bookstore during their regular business hours. Tickets cost $7 each for regular storage boxes and $10 each for bikes.

  • Refrigerators can be no larger than 3.5 cubic feet and also require a storage ticket.

  • The color of storage tickets changes each year to distinguish old from current storage. 

  • Expired storage will be donated to Lighten Up annually.  Please take time each year to renew your outdated storage tickets if you do not pick up all your belongings.


  • Storage must be in boxes, trunks or luggage displaying a current storage ticket. Plastic bags, odd containers, or loose items will not be accepted. Skis will be accepted if bound and ticketed. No staff is available to help students carry boxes, so students must be able to transport items on their own. Custodial Services reserves the right to refuse storage items that do not meet these criteria.
  • Furniture (including lamps) can not be stored.
  • Custodial Services may not be available to access elevators. Students must be able to carry their items up and down stairs.
  • A limited number of carts are available for student use. Return immediately for others to use.
  • No storage is allowed in off-campus houses during the summer. Custodial Services will dispose of any items left behind.

Type of Storage

  • Regular Storage – This would be for students returning to campus in the fall the weekend before classes start. 
  • RA Storage – This is a small area reserved for RA’s to store their belongings in each storage location. 
  • Off Campus Storage – This is for anyone that is leaving for a term to study off campus or any other reason and will return at a following term. 
  • Bike Storage – Indoor bike storage is in James Hall.  Limited amount of spots, purchase your ticket early. Outdoor bike storage is available at Goodhue and Musser. 
  • Early Arrival – Any student arriving to campus beginning in August, i.e. Athletes, Peer Leaders, NSW Leaders, RA’s, etc.

Storage Tips

  • Please plan ahead, there will be days during Commencement week that storage will be closed.
  • Place storage ticket on the front side of the box, do not place on the top of the box. 
  • Be creative, make your box recognizable, decorate with personal art, or use decorative duct tape. 
  • Tape both top and bottom of the box with packing tape or duct tape.
  • Pack early, store early–pack items that you do not need towards the end of the term and get into storage early eliminating the last minute stress.
  • Do not over pack your box. Custodians are not to be lifting your boxes and you may end up on the top shelf.  If you can’t lift, who will?
  • Do not pack liquids i.e. laundry detergent, shampoo, lotion due to leaking. If you need to pack these items please place in a zip lock bag.
  • Do not pack perishable foods, they will not keep over the summer. 
  • Clean your refrigerator-no food-no moisture. Tape the fridge shut, label with a sticker in the front on the door. 
  • Tape plastic totes and plastic totes with drawers shut.
  • Please plan accordingly – allow for enough time – each location usually has long lines of students, please be patient.
  • Return carts immediately for the next person to use (you will be charged for carts not returned to their original location.)
  • If you are off campus next term, store items in the Off Campus locations (Musser and Goodhue). Example: Off Campus storage (Musser and Goodhue only) is open for incoming winter and spring term. Other locations are not open so if you store in Cassat, that will not be accessible to retrieve your items. You will need an appointment Monday thru Friday to get your items. 
  • If you are returning in August for Early Arrival, store items in Early Arrival (Musser). Example: If you are arriving in August for this fall, we only staff Musser storage. If you store in Watson, you must make an appointment Monday thru Friday to retrieve your items.
  • Remember the College is not responsible for your stored items or items left in hallways of the buildings. Please be responsible for your belongings.