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PC Ship Ahead Program

Providence College has partnered with The UPS Store to make fall move-in easier using their Ship Ahead Program.

If you plan to ship items prior to your arrival, those shipments can be sent to The UPS Store and they will deliver them to your room prior to your arrival. The UPS Store will receive and deliver packages you ship from home as well as packages you order online and direct ship to their location near campus.

If you are planning to ship belongings to campus, we highly encourage you to use UPS. You should not ship any large packages to the PC mailroom.

How Does the Program Work?

To utilize the Ship Ahead service students should follow this three-step process:

STEP 1: ADDRESS PACKAGES TO SHIP TO THE UPS STORE AT:

PC Ship Ahead Program

<Student Name>

<Fall Residence Hall>

1643 Warwick Ave

Warwick, RI 02889

STEP 2: NOTIFY THE UPS STORE THAT PACKAGES ARE ON THEIR WAY

  • Send an email to college@theupsstoreri.com stating that you plan to use the Ship Ahead service or that packages are in transit. In the email include your phone number and carrier/tracking information (if you have it).

STEP 3: PROVIDE PAYMENT OF SHIP AHEAD PROGRAM FEES

  • Upon receiving your packages, The UPS Store will calculate the fees based on the fee schedule in the FAQs (see below). The UPS Store will then create and email an invoice via Square’s Online Payment System. Simply click the link for the invoice and pay with your credit card online.

ONCE THE UPS STORE RECEIVES YOUR ITEMS AND PAYMENT, YOUR ITEMS WILL BE STORED IN THE UPS WAREHOUSE AND WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOUR ON-CAMPUS RESIDENCE HALL ROOM AT A LATER DATE.

Fall 2022 Shipping Deadlines

DELIVERY TO CAMPUS IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 17th and 18th. The UPS Store will receive items at any time during the summer, but we recommend that packages be shipped approximately 30 days prior to your on-campus arrival to allow time for any shipping delays and to process payment prior to Aug 23, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who do I contact if I have questions about the Ship Ahead Program?
    • The UPS Store has a designated email for their college programs.
  • How much does Ship Ahead service cost?
    • Ship Ahead fees are based on the size & weight of each package:
      • SMALL (Less than 10 lbs AND dimensions less than 14”x14”x14”) = $15.00 per pkg
      • MEDIUM (10 to 35 lbs AND dimensions less than 20”x20”x20”) = $20.00 per pkg
      • LARGE (36 to 60 lbs AND dimensions less than 24”x24”x24”) = $25.00 per pkg
      • Packages greater than 60lbs or 24”x24”x24” will be invoiced as two LARGE packages ($50)
  • Are any items restricted from being shipped to The UPS Store?
    • In addition to items that are restricted by the carriers (i.e., hazardous materials, liquids, etc.), students should not ship any of the following to The UPS Store:
      • Items with a value greater than $300.
      • Items that are perishable or have an expiration date less than 60 days from date of shipment.
  • How should my package be addressed if I am ordering online and direct shipping to The UPS Store?

<Student Name>

PC Ship Ahead Program

1643 Warwick Avenue

Warwick, RI 02889

<Student Phone Number>

  • I’ve received permission to have an air conditioning unit in my residence hall room and I want to ship it to campus. Should I utilize the UPS Ship Ahead Program?
    • Yes. If you have received permission to have an air conditioning unit and are planning to ship it to campus, please use the UPS Ship Ahead Program. Do not ship air conditioning units to the PC mailroom.
  • What if my items are lost or damaged?
    • The UPS Store will inspect each package it receives upon arrival for any evidence of damage that occurred while in transit. If we suspect items in the package may be missing or damaged, we will notify the student and take pictures at time of delivery.
    • If a package is lost or damaged prior to arriving at The UPS Store, the student must work directly with the carrier or online retailer to submit a loss/damage claim. The UPS Store is not responsible for loss/damage prior to taking possession of a package.
    • If items are lost or damaged after The UPS Store takes possession, students can file a loss/damage claim with The UPS Store. Claims must include proof of delivery to The UPS Store as well as proof of value for the damaged/lost items. Proof of value must be in the form of a receipt or invoice for the items.
    • The maximum loss/damage claim against The UPS Store is $300.
  • What happens if my items arrive after the scheduled on-campus delivery dates?
    • If items arrive at the UPS Store after the last scheduled on-campus delivery date (as outlined above in “Shipping Deadlines”), the student will have two options to retrieve their items.
      • The UPS Store will complete a curbside delivery to the student’s residence hall for $35.
      • The student can pick up their item(s) at The UPS Store in Warwick, RI.
  • What if I live off-campus but want to utilize the Ship Ahead service?
    • If off-campus students want to utilize the Ship Ahead service, the student will have three options to retrieve their items.
      • The UPS Store will complete a curbside delivery to the student’s off-campus house for $35.
      • The student can pick up their item(s) at The UPS Store in Warwick, RI.
      • The student can arrange to pick up their items on campus during the scheduled delivery days (as outlined above in “Shipping Deadlines”). The student should email college@theupsstoreri.com to arrange this pickup.
  • What if I don’t pay the Ship Ahead fees prior to the scheduled on-campus delivery dates?
    • The UPS Store will not deliver your items to campus until Ship Ahead fees have been paid. If fees aren’t paid by the final scheduled on-campus delivery date (as outlined above in “Shipping Deadlines”), then the student will need to arrange for a pickup at The UPS Store or a later on-campus delivery ($35 fee applies) after the Ship Ahead fees have been paid.
    • If Ship Ahead fees aren’t paid by September 30, 2022, then any package(s) still in The UPS Store’s possession will be marked as abandoned property and subsequently donated or discarded.