Wentworth Commuters & Off-Campus Students
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You can never over-prepare for you move off-campus. Most students have already signed a lease for September 1st, 2014. Here are a few things you need to know for when you move in.

1. Legal & Illegal Fees: When you move into an apartment, a landlord can charge you the first month’s, that last month’s rent, a security deposit, a lock fee and a portion of a re-inspection fee. A landlord can’t charge you any other fees such as a holding fee or a pet fee. A landlord also can’t charge you a broker’s/finder’s fee, unless he is a licensed realtor.

2. Roommates: If one of your roommates moves out, you may still be responsible for paying his portion of the rent until you find a new one. It is a violation of the Boston  Zoning Code for 5 or more full-time undergraduate college students to share a dwelling in Boston.

3. Leases & Tenancies-at-Will: If a landlord offers you a lease, read it carefully before signing it. Leases, which typically run for one year, are a binding legal contracts. Tenancies-at-will run from month to month, but offer you less security against rent increases and evictions.

4. Renter’s Insurance: You have probably invested more in personal property than you realize. Renter’s insurance is a good idea and can be surprisingly affordable. Don’t assume that your landlord’s or your parents’ insurance will cover your belongings.

5. Re-Inspection of Rental Unit: In most cases, a landlord is required to arrange a to have your apartment inspected for compliance with the State Sanitary Code soon after you move in. To check that this is being done, you can ask your landlord or call the city’s Inspectional Services Department.

6: Code Violations: You are entitled to an apartment that is in compliance with local and state sanitary and building codes. Violations should be reported to your landlord in writing. If they do not make the necessary repairs call the city’s Inspectional Services Department at (671) 635-5322.

7. Condition of the Apartment: Before entering into the rental agreement, check out the condition of the apartment. If you can’t, have a friend do it for you. You do not want to be charged for damages that existed when you moved in!

8. Security Deposits & Last Month’s Rent: Your landlord can legally require you to pay a security deposit, and the last month’s rent in amounts equivalent to one month’s rent for each. If your landlord collects them, he must, among other things, give proper receipts, pay interest on an annual basis, and in the case of the security deposit, put the money in a separate account in a bank located in Massachusetts.

9. Noise: Be considerate of your neighbors. Having loud parties late at night or playing loud music may lead to complaints, police visits, and possibly evictions.

10: Mediation: If you and your landlord have a dispute that you can’t resolve between yourselves, you should consider mediation. Mediation is an informal process in which you and your landlord can try to reach a resolution with the help of an impartial mediator. For information about the free mediation service offered by the City of Boston’s Rental Housing Resource Center, call (617) 635-RENT.

The MBTA has passed the most recent proposal to increase fares starting July 1st, 2014. The 5% increase in cost will affect the price of discounted t-passes for college students this upcoming Fall 2014 semester. You may view the one-page proposal summary here.

The cost of a semester t-pass for Fall 2014 will increase slightly. Wentworth is committed to providing students with a discount of 15% off the semester pass. Most students purchase a LINK Pass which includes unlimited access to all subway lines (green, blue, red, orange) and local bus routes. The LINK Pass will be priced at $255* for the fall semester (less than $64/month).

Should I buy a semester t-pass? Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if the semester t-pass is right for you?

  1. How often will I be taking the T? If you plan on riding the T at least 4 days each week then you should purchase the unlimited semester pass. Only planning on taking the T a few times each week or only on the weekends? Consider loading money on to a Charlie Card instead as each ride costs less when purchased with a Charlie Card instead of using cash on board.
  2. Do you live on campus? If you live on campus or within in walking distance of campus you may not need a t-pass as you can walk to most places including the grocery store, movie theater, campus buildings and offices and local restaurants. Having a semester Charlie Card is convenient but not required unless you have other responsibilities off-campus (ex: off-campus job, activities, friends at other colleges, etc.).

 

For more information on t-pass sales, deadlines and FAQs, please visit our website at www.wit.edu/student-life/commuters.

*Pricing will be finalized June 1st, 2014

Current locker leases are valid until August 16th, 2014. If you wish to renew your locker for the 2014-2015 academic year, you will need to respond to an email from Mallory Pernaa, Coordinator of Commuter Student Programs sent at the end of July. To ensure that you do not miss her emails, please check your email weekly over the summer. If you have not renewed your locker by 8/16/14 by email, please send an email to commuter@wit.edu or directly to Mallory at pernaam@wit.edu.

 

Living off-campus for the summer semester and need a locker?

Locker Distribution for the summer semester starts on the first day of classes, Wednesday, May 7th 2014. Please bring your WIT ID to Commuter Student Programs in 013 Beatty Hall. Lockers are free of charge and you will be assigned a space for the summer semester. Any questions can be directed to commuter@wit.edu.

 

There are no classes on ‘Study Day’ scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. Even without classes in session, April 15th will be an active day on campus. Wentworth will have many Marathon Remembrance activities including a moment of silence on the quad and a Run to Remember in the Schumann Fitness Center. Also, Wellness programs will be taking place throughout the day including smoothies and a visit from our favorite therapy dogs.

Make sure to check your Campus Update email on Monday, April 14th for the details on each event. We hope that you come into campus that day to remember, relax before finals, and utilize the study spaces and productive work space on campus.  You can also follow these great Twitter handles for information: @SchumannFC, @DeanWenner, @CampusLife, @WITcommuters, and @WITwellness.

 

 

A few years back we had so much construction on campus that we needed to reserve quiet spaces just for commuter students to use to get work done without interruption. Thankfully, the days of constant drilling and hammering in Beatty Hall are over. But we still have students that request reserved classrooms because of the many distractions that may exist elsewhere on campus. In order to serve this need, we have reserved some classrooms for Commuter Study Space as you prepare for finals.

Commuter Study Space classrooms will have information on wellness and stress-relief activities happening on campus during finals, tutoring services on campus, and fun freebies! The schedule is below:

Commuter Study Space :: Spring 2014

  • April 7th-11th, 9am-12pm, Ira Allen 122
  • April 14th & 15th, 12pm-2pm, Ira Allen 122
  • April 14th & 15th, 2pm-4pm, Wentworth 214

Unable to attend Commuter Study Space but looking for other spots to be productive on or near campus? Check these out!

  • Library in Beatty Hall
  • The Learning Center (Beatty 402)
  • Pavilion seating in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • Break-out spaces in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • Club office/study room in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • Intercultural Center in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • New Student Programs Study Room in the Flanagan Campus Center (Beatty 031c)
  • Empty classrooms
  • Ira Allen lobby and study rooms
  • Meeting rooms in the Flanagan Campus Center
  • Residence Halls (work with a residential student on a project in the comfort of their residence hall).
  • Public Libraries in Boston or in your hometown (including Boston Public Library’s main location in Copley Square).
  • Cafeteria and the back of the cafeteria. This also includes MassArt cafeteria and coffee shop.
  • Visit a nearby Colleges of the Fenway campus center for a change of scenery.
  • On a nice day you can use the quad, Fens park area and Evans Way Park to relax, review notes or study.

Questions? Email commuter@wit.edu.

 

 

Congratulations to our Commuter Assitants for 2013-2014! We had many qualified applicants this year during Student Leader Selection. We chose students that have illustrated their ability to navigate Wentworth, be involved on campus, and succeed academically – all while balancing a busy commuter student schedule!

Here they are…

  • Chris Auld, Biomedical Engineering, ’16
  • Santiago Hernandez, Mechanical Engineering, ’15
  • Paige Mochi, Management, ’14
  • Susan Needleman, Computer Networking, ’16

 

Commuter Assistants have their first meeting in April 2013 to start planning for next year. Have a suggestion for them? You may contact them individually or email commuter@wit.edu.

{14 Jun}

Meal Plan vs. Fenway Cash

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Commuter students are not required to purchase a meal plan, but are welcome to do so if they wish. Most studends living off campus choose to use Fenway Cash instead. What’s the difference? Read more about each option below.

 

Fenway Cash

Fenway Cash works like a pre-loaded debit card. Monies deposited in the Fenway Cash account can be used in the bookstore, vending machines, any of the Colleges of the Fenway cafeterias and many off campus businesses.

Students may open a Fenway Cash account by making a deposit of at least $20.00 to their Fenway Card. Fenway Cash can be used for purchases in the bookstore, laundry room, the convenience store, some vending machines, as well as in all six of the Colleges of the Fenway cafeterias and at many off campus businesses.  Balances remaining in this account may be withdrawn at anytime.

Students may open a Fenway Cash account in one of the following ways:

Online
www.fenwaycard.com

Phone

1-877-COF-8340 (1-877-263-8340)
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 6:00 p.m. EST

Mail
Fenway Card Center, P.O. Box 1305, Doylestown, PA 18901-0117

 

Meal Plan

A meal plan is a contract. Money is downloaded onto your ID card. Then, use your Fenway Card to pay for your meals. Just present your card to the cashier. Your account will be charged accordingly and your remaining balance will show on the cash register. Meal plan contracts vary and have different costs.  There are three plans to choose from $1160 plan, a $600 plan, or a $300 plan per semester. Meal plan dollars may be used at Beatty Cafe, the convenience store, Massachusetts College of Art cafeteria, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences coffee shop.

Meal plan money which is left over at the end of the Fall semester is carried over to the Spring semester. Meal plan money which is left over at the end of the Spring semester may not be carried over to the Summer semester. Meal plan dollars are not refundable. Based upon our experience, considering missed meals, weekends away from campus, etc., the full meal plan is sufficient for the average student. If you visit campus every weekend, eat every meal, or are a large eater, you may run out of dollars as you near the end of the semester. Additional funds may be deposited.

 

Fenway Cash provides the most flexibility and can always be withdrawn if funds are unused (unlike the meal plan which is a contracted amount). If you have any questions, contact the Student Service Center directly at 617.989.4020.

 

 


{12 Jun}

Discount T-Passes: Fall 2012

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It’s time to start planning your commute for Fall 2012! Recently the MBTA made changes to both fares and services. These changes will go into effect on July 1st, 2012. The changes include scheduling changes, eliminated services/routes and increased fares.

Wentworth is contributing to the student discount this year to help off-set the fare increase. This year, students that prepay for a discounted semester t-pass will receive 15% off the MBTA fare. Prices can be found on the order form here. We accept payment by credit/debit card, Fenway cash or by personal check. No cash will be accepted.

Order a t-pass by:

  • Visiting the Office of Commuter Student Programs, 013 Flanagan Campus Center in Beatty Hall (M-F, 8am-5pm)
  • Sending a check to Commuter Student Programs, 550 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (all checks should be made out to Wentworth Insititute of Technology).
  • Calling Mallory Pernaa, Coordinator of Commuter Student Programs, directly at 617.989.4487.

We will begin accepting orders on July 11th. Payments and order forms are due no later than August 3rd, 2012. Email commuter@wit.edu with any questions.

This Personal Message went out to the entire Institute this morning (5/22/2012). Please note the new locations below. Also, quiet classrooms continue to be available in Dobbs 203 and Willson 103.

 

“Due to the construction activity in Beatty Hall many offices and classrooms have moved to temporary locations until early-mid June. Below is a list of offices, services and classes that have been moved and where their new locations are on campus:

·        Alumni Library: Now located in Trailer 102 (TR 102) in front of Wentworth Hall. This location has three scanners, an iMac with AutoCAD, and the reserves materials. If you need a book or a journal- simply give the circulation staff the call numbers or journal citation information; the library staff will retrieve the materials for you.

Main Library Number: 617-989-4040

ALUMNI LIBRARY
ref@wit.edu
Main Number:  617-989-4040
Text a librarian: 617-600-5989
Fax: 617-989-4091

 

·        The Learning Center: Now located in TR 102. All tutoring will take place in our new location until further notice. This includes all appointments, Math 620 Weekly Study Group and Math drop in hours.

To make an appointment, please go to: http://wit.edu/academics/resource/

 

·        DTS Help Desk: Now located in the Casella Gallery on the first floor in Annex Central. The Print Center will remain open in Beatty Hall for all printing and plotting needs.

o   helpdesk@wit.edu

o   617.989.4500

o   www.wit.edu/dts

o   twitter.com/dtsatwit

 

·        Humanities and Management Faculty Offices: Now located in various locations on campus for a detailed list go to http://blogs.wit.edu/flanagan-campus-center/. For specific office hours and availability, please contact your professor directly.

·        CPCE Classes: The following classes have been moved to Annex Central 210

o   TCAD-01, AutoCAD

o   CCEV115-71, Construction Graphics

o   CMGT420-91, Construction Project Scheduling

o   COMP120-51, Computer Science Using C

 

·        All other Classes: For a detailed list of classes and where they are now located go to http://blogs.wit.edu/flanagan-campus-center/.

Beatty Hall and the Flanagan Campus Center will remain open during the construction. The following classrooms have been reserved to provide quiet space to study and work:

·        Dobbs 203, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5pm

·        Wilson 103, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

·        Watson Auditorium, Wednesdays, 8 am – 5 pm

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Peter Gugliotta at 4782.  Thank you.”

 

You can also email commuter@wit.edu with any questions or concerns.

Due to the noise from construction, many offices in Beatty and the Flanagan Campus Center will have temporary locations until early-mid June. Below is a list of offices and services that have moved and where their temporary location will be.

  • Alumni Library – Staff and some resources have been moved to the trailers outside Wentworth Hall. If you need access to books or library staff, they will be available at the trailers.
  • The Learning Center – Staff and tutors will also be in the trailers outside Wentworth Hall.
  • DTS Help Desk – TBD. Call or visit the Help Desk on the 3rd floor for the most updated information. Help Desk can be reached at 617.989.4500.
  • Humannities/Faculty offices – Trailers outside Wentworth Hall. For specific offices hours and availability, please contact your professor directly. Visit www.wit.edu/directory for phone and email contact information.
  • New Student Programs – Heather Miller and Emily Smedick have moved to 610 Huntington Avenue.

 

Beatty Hall and the Flanagan Campus Center will remain open throughout construction but it will be noisy. As a reminder the following classroom have been reserved as quiet spaces to study and work:

  • Dobbs 203, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
  • Willson 103, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
  • Watson Auditorium, Wednesdays, 7:30am-5pm

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at pernaam@wit.edu.

 

-Mallory Pernaa, Coordinator of Commuter Student Programs