Last updated 26 Apr 2021

Summer Storage

Over the summer (May – July), students are required to vacate campus, which includes clearing out all belongings in their suites. However, oftentimes students need to temporarily store their belongings somewhere especially if they have bulky items in their suites which are difficult to transport home.

Summer Storage is an annual StuGov initiative that was created to solve this problem. Every summer, StuGov coordinates with a storage space provider (e.g. Spaceship Singapore) to offer storage spaces to students at a rate subsidised using StuGov’s budget. Students can store a variety items, such as fridges, luggage, musical instruments, and other items packed in boxes. In addition to storage spaces, StuGov also sells cardboard boxes at subsidised prices.

Just before the summer, students who purchase storage spaces will bring the items to a collection point on campus, and the items will subsequently be transported to a secure warehouse in Singapore by the storage provider. At the end of summer, the items will be transported back to campus, and students will be able to collect back their items in time for the next academic year.

More info on Summer Storage will be published on this page closer to the end of the Academic Year.

Summer Storage Details 2021

We’ll be selling boxes and spaces + collecting the summer storage boxes on 9th May (Sunday), 1 – 5pm, and 10th May (Monday – move-out day), 9.30am – 12.30pm.

This will be at the Fab Lab Loading Bay (see 5min drawn map below). The area is also accessible by a lift at the end of a corridor beside the Black Box, and there will be signages up.

There will be 7 trolleys available for loan at the loading bay corridor. Free bubble wrap will also be available there for you to wrap fragile items. I’dECO will be running Project Spiral (Collection x recycling drive) on 9 May, 1-5pm at the same spot (see below for more details).

*Process
  • Bring your items down to us at the stipulated timeslots.
  • We will provide markers, papers and tape on the spot to write the registration number. We will inform you of what to write then.
  • Make sure that your details are filled and payment is done, unless a proxy is helping out.
  • You will be updated along the summer period on your item retrieval/any changes to extend storage duration.
*If you are not able to be there in person
  • Please ask a suitemate/friend/proxy to help bring your items down
  • You will need to inform them your 1) Full name, 2) Matric number (AXXXXXXX), 3) Yale-NUS Email address, 4) Singapore and international contact number (if applicable)
  • Payment can only be made via PayLah or other SG e-payment merchant. Your friend can either make payment upfront for you, or we’ll hold the charges until afterwards, up till your return to SG for collection.
*If you are currently in quarantine; unable to pack room by 10 May
  • Some students have reached out to me with this concern. Please PM me if this applies to you, as I will be working an alternative arrangement with Spaceship to see if they are able to run a separate, smaller collection at a later date.
  • This strictly applies only to those in quarantine past 9/10 May.
*Fridge, bulky, non-box items
  • Please prepare your fridge to be cleared, turned off, and cleaned 24hrs before storage. The interior should be dry, and lined with dehumidifier/newspaper before storage.
  • Please do not store any perishables.
  • If you have fragile items, do use the bubble wrap available to protect them in the boxes.
  • Any odd-sized items will be calculated according to the box size; refer to infographic and the FAQs for more info on this.
*Safe distancing measures
  • Please come in groups of 5 or less, and maintain 1 distance apart from each other. If you have a lot of items, do consider making multiple trips.
  • Please cooperate with us at the collection area to maintain this distancing measures.
*Help each other match storage space or cardboard boxes to save $$
  • If you can either provide storage/spare boxes, or are looking for a friend who can help to keep stuff for awhile/spare some boxes, do fill up the live google form here: http://tiny.cc/summerstoragematching
  • There are some requests for storage spaces! Do consider helping to reach out to those in the list if you have space at home or on campus housing to offer – it goes a long way, as summer storage is not fully financially accessible to all.
*Queries/Additional Requests

Timeline (2021)

27 – 28 Apr 2021, 2 – 6pm: Sale of boxes and summer storage @ Agora

Sun, 9 May 2021: Sale of cardboard boxes and spaces + depositing of boxes from 1 – 5pm @ Fab Lab Loading Bay

Mon, 10 May 2021: Sale of cardboard boxes and spaces + depositing of boxes from 9.30am – 12.30pm @ Fab Lab Loading Bay

7 – 8 Aug 2021: Collection of boxes during AY21/22 Sem 1 Move-In

FAQ

More FAQs to be added

What is summer storage?

Summer storage is a Student Government initiative offered to Yale-NUS students for storing their belongings in Singapore over the summer to avoid the hassle of finding a nice friend’s house to leave their things at, or… shoving things in buttery cupboards and hoping they don’t get thrown out. Student Government engages a storage space provider (i.e. Spaceship) and students pay a subsidised fee in exchange for storing belongings for the entirety of the summer.

What is offered? How much is a box/space?

Refer to the infographic above on the charges and calculations.

Do I have to buy a box from StuGov?

Nope, you may store your belongings in your own boxes/containers and only pay for storage space(s). In the past, students have stored their belongings in plastic containers. You may also store your fridge over the summer with us.

However, we do request that students still adhere to the above volumetric requirements. For instance, if you wish to store a fridge that is the size of about two boxes, you must then purchase two storage spaces for your one fridge.

How will payment be made?

We will be collecting payment only via PayLah! or related SG e-payment (eg. NETS Pay, OCBC Pay Anyone, UOB, Standard Chartered).

Payment will be made on the spot of depositing the boxes/purchasing boxes from us. If you are requesting a suitemate/friend to help bring them down, you will need to let them know your matriculation ID (AXXXXXX) and YNC email. We will hold the charges till you are able to make them, up till the collection when the next semester starts.

Are there any refunds for boxes or spaces?

No, any amount paid via PayLah will not be refunded unless there are exceptional circumstances to the spaces purchased (eg. we over-counted the spaces that a fridge takes up). There will not be any refunds made to boxes. For those exceptional circumstances, we will work closely with you to make sure that it is a fair and transparent process.

Please note that there may be additional charges incurred in the case that an item may require more spaces (eg. we counted your fridge as 4 spaces but it’s actually 5 when Spaceship picks it up).

Are there important dates I should be aware of?

Sun, 9 May 2021: Sale of cardboard boxes and spaces + depositing of boxes from 1 – 5pm @ Fab Lab Loading Bay
Mon, 10 May 2021: Sale of cardboard boxes and spaces + depositing of boxes from 9.30am – 12.30pm @ Fab Lab Loading Bay
7 – 8 Aug 2021: Collection of boxes during AY21/22 Sem 1 Move-In

What if I’m not around then? Will you pick up my boxes?

Student Government does not have the manpower to do so, however, you may ask a friend/suitemate/general human being to take your boxes down to the Loading Bay on your behalf on the day of box drop-off.

If you are requesting a suitemate/friend to help bring them down, you will need to let them know your 1) Full name, 2) Matric number (AXXXXXXX), 3) Yale-NUS Email address, 4) Singapore and international contact number (if applicable).

How do I protect my items from damage?

Spaceship’s facilities are all climate-controlled, however, we do live in the tropics, and students have reported instances of belongings getting mouldy over the summer period. To best prevent this, we suggest that you purchase dehumidifiers and to leave one per box. If you are storing a fridge over summer, you should ensure that the fridge is as dry as possible before dropping it off. You can also leave a dehumidifier inside the fridge compartment.

We also advise you to tape your boxes well to ensure that boxes with heavy items do not break during the move. An additional precaution will be to use bubble wrap or newspaper to provide protective covering.

Fridges should be turned off for at least 24 hours prior, and the door left open to dry the inside. Please also put dehumidifiers in the fridge before depositing. A possibility is to line them with old newspaper.

There will be free bubble wrap available from the collection point @ Fab Lab Loading Bay. Come by to collect them for your own use to protect any fragile items.

What can I store?

You can store anything that fits in the stipulated box size! Anything larger, and you’ll have to purchase extra storage spaces. However, we strongly discourage students storing odd-sized items, sharp or very heavy items, because this can lead to your box being damaged.

Also, we discourage students from storing food items or any form of perishables in boxes over the summer term.

Please protect any fragile items (eg. bottles of scented oil) using the bubble wrap available at the collection point, or by other means.

The move-out process generates a lot of waste, how can I reduce mine? What is Project Spiral?

I’dECO will be holding Project Spiral (Collection x recycling drive) in conjunction with Summer Storage on 9 May, 1-5pm @ Fab Lab Loading Bay.

Will the items be stored over the entire summer? Can I store just for a shorter duration?

Items stored in summer storage MUST be stored over the entire summer. It is not possible to store for a shorter duration. Students who require storage for a shorter duration should look for alternative options (e.g. storing your items at a friend’s house in Singapore, other storage providers in Singapore, etc.). Here are some other storage companies in Singapore that you can contact:

  1. Store It Singapore
  2. Lock & Store
  3. Extra Space Singapore

Are there cheaper alternatives to summer storage?

Help each other match storage space or cardboard boxes to save $$. If you can either provide storage/spare boxes, or are looking for a friend who can help to keep stuff for awhile/spare some boxes, do fill up the live google form here: http://tiny.cc/summerstoragematching.

What if I wish to extend my storage past 7 Aug?

We will contact all those who subscribed to summer storage sometime down the line to check if those who will be going on distance learning/LOA would like an extension, and plan for it if there are sufficient people. This is as there are additional costs involved, which will be better distributed if there are more people on board.

I have more questions, who should I direct them to?

Please see below.

Need Help?

If you require any further assistance, please contact studentgovernment@u.yale-nus.edu.sg.

Past Updates

Summer Storage has been a long-running StuGov initiative to provide easy, safe and reliable off-campus storage (with Spaceship) for your belongings over summer. Do consider it if you have a number of items you would like to store for the entire duration of summer break.

Do feel free to reach out via PM (FB: Chan Shawn Kit / Tele: @chanshawnkit) or drop an email at studentgovernment@u.yale-nus.edu.sg for additional enquiries.

Sale of Boxes and Storage Space (27 – 28 Aug, 2-6pm @ Agora)

Depositing boxes for summer storage (9-10 May, time TBC @ Loading Bay)

  • More info will be disseminated closer to the date
  • Trolleys will be available at the Loading Bay + provided by the college offices
  • If you are unable to bring your boxes down personally, do request a friend or proxy to help out
  • If unsure of amount of space required, can be settled at the collection point + retroactive payment process
  • I’dECO Project Spiral: Donate your recyclables and reusable items for safekeeping by I’dECO for resale next AY. Happening on 9-10 May as well

Please note all the details in the posters as well

Thanks to all who reached out with amazing suggestions and very valid concerns, which we address here.

1) Help each other match storage space or cardboard boxes to save $$
  • If you can either provide storage/spare boxes, or are looking for a friend who can help to keep stuff for awhile/spare some boxes, do fill up the live google form here: http://tiny.cc/summerstoragematching
2) Come buy summer storage space + boxes @ Agora on 27th and 28th Apr, 2-6pm
  • We’ll only be selling boxes during this period! Please come down in person or have a proxy – though you’ll need to pay on the spot via PayLah!
  • If you are unsure of the space needed, you can leave it till the collection days on 9th and 10th May, and we’ll charge the amount then
  • Please come knowing what you’ll exactly need! Refund process may be long and dreary
  • For those who have yet to pay for the previous summer storage fees charged to your NUS FastPay, please do so ASAP as you will not be able to make any purchase for this round otherwise
  • **We have FREE bubble wrap to give!!!! Thanks to the crew of nonSense for reaching out and sparing these 
3) “I need boxes urgently during reading week!!”
  • Do reach out, and you will be able to purchase them on 21 Apr (Wednesday of reading week) in the afternoon
  • Please do come only if you’re flying home before Exam Week
  • Note that we will not be storing boxes early. To deposit your boxes for summer storage, you’ll need to ask a friend to bring down on the 9th or 10th of May
4) Other enquiries
  • We will open a form to check for who is interested in an extended storage for the semester on 27th April, so that everyone’s plans are fleshed out a bit more by then