Shipping and Storing Students’ Belongings


Many of you have reached out to the Office of Residence Life and Housing about your belongings.  We hope this information is helpful to you.

Right now, our primary focus is to ensure that you retrieve your academic or health/essential items. We can ship them out to you as soon as possible. Gallaudet will cover the cost of shipping for essential items only.

If you wish to have other, non-essential items shipped at a later time, you will need to cover the cost of shipping for those items. We will address individual plans for non-essential items at a future date; again, the immediate focus will be your academic or health/essential items. Please know that we will not dispose of your items.

If you have academic or health/essential items in your room that you need right away, send an e-mail to with the details of each item you need us to ship to you.

  • Examples of academic and health/essential items we will ship immediately

    • Coursew texts and ancillary materials

    • Laptops, computers, alarm clocks

    • Hearing aids, cochlear implant devices

  • Examples of non-essential items we will not ship at this time

    • Pillows, blankets, clothes

    • Food, drinks

    • Toiletries

    • televisions, refrigerators, microwaves, video games, furniture

    • Decorative items

  • Prescription medicine cannot be shipped due to federal regulations. If you need your prescription medicine, see your primary care provider for another prescription.

When asking us to ship your academic and other essential items, be very detailed and specific in your email,. Name and describe each item, and tell us where they are located in your room.

Currently, we are working on the logistics of storing students’ non-essential items.  We will update you as soon as we have firm details. Thank you for your patience.

All questions regarding shipment and storage can be sent to

Thank you.


Susan Hanrahan
Office of Residence Life and Housing