Luggage, Bike, and Summer Storage

Bike storage room at Slivka

Luggage Storage

Most undergraduate residence halls and residential colleges have a "trunk room" to store luggage and boxes. Residents can store a maximum of five (5) items per person (space permitting). The only items that can be stored are:

  • Empty and flattened cardboard boxes
  • Empty suitcases and trunks
  • Empty plastic storage tubs

Furniture, refrigerators, rugs, clothing, books, appliances, and other personal items of any kind may not be stored in trunk rooms. Owners may be billed or sanctioned for the removal of any non-authorized items found in storage.

Regular access to trunk rooms is provided during the first and last weeks of each quarter from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. nightly. All other access is by appointment only, with a minimum of two business days' advance notice required. Contact your RA to arrange an appointment.

Bike Storage

Northwestern's Residence Hall Rules and Regulations prohibit students from storing bicycles in student rooms. A few residence halls or residential colleges offer limited indoor bike storage. Storage is available in Ayers, Bobb, CRC, Engelhart, Kemper, McManus, and Slivka. Bikes left in bike storage at the conclusion of the school year will be deemed abandoned and will be discarded. All residential areas have ample bike racks near building entrances. Consult the University Police website for more information about bicycle safety precautions. 

Winter Bike Storage

Residents with bikes are encouraged to participate in Winter Bike Storage during the winter months. Winter Bike Storage is free and allows current residents to store their bike inside designated residence halls for the duration of Winter Quarter. Bikes may not be retrieved until the start of Spring Quarter. More information about this service is promoted towards the end of Fall Quarter.

Summer Storage

The university does not provide storage of any personal belongings over the summer months in any space within the residence halls. Items left in the trunk rooms at the end of the year or bikes left in bike storage at the conclusion of that program will be deemed abandoned and will be discarded.

We recommend using the official service provider of Residential Services, University and Student Services (USS) for summer storage and shipping items home. The USS full-service summer storage includes; unlimited boxes, free pick-up at your door and free delivery back to your dorm room or off-campus apartment. Look for the USS tent on campus near the end of the spring quarter, or sign-up at the USS Northwestern website.

Liability Disclaimer

The University does not assume any liability for personal items stored on campus.

Students and their parents are encouraged to purchase insurance that will cover the student’s personal property while the student is away from home attending school. Any loss, theft, or damage to personal property should be promptly reported to the University Police Department.