With slightly less than a month to go before you arrive on campus, you’re probably thinking about a lot of things. We’re writing to encourage you to think about insurance, and to make some sort of plan if something unfortunate were to happen. No one likes to think about the unpleasant things that can occur at college, but in our experience it’s best if each student has some level of coverage.
Many insurance companies offer renters insurance, and it’s typically inexpensive. Please consider the benefits of having renter’s insurance in case you experience theft, fire, or some other sort of disaster (please note that Evergreen does not reimburse residents if any of the above occur). Some students are still covered by their family’s home-owners insurance; if you think you might be, take a close look at the policy itself, or ask their insurance agent. Additionally, although campus crime statistics are relatively low, each year there are crimes of opportunity. We encourage residents to consider purchasing cables to lock computers, bike locks for bikes, and to register serial numbers on expensive items with Police Services when you arrive on campus.
Because Evergreen is a state school, we can’t recommend specific plans or coverages. However, a few companies have created renters policies specifically tailored for college students. Visit www.evergreen.edu/rad/insurance for more information.
Evergreen has a Health and Counseling Services office designed to meet basic health and mental health needs and we encourage you to become familiar with, and use, their services. They are not open after normal business hours or on weekends or holidays so any emergency care would be administered off-campus.
Many college students attempt to get through college without health insurance, and some are successful. Others encounter something unforeseen, like a car accident, a serious spill off a bicycle, or a recreational injury, and end up in debt because they didn’t have insurance. Health insurance can be expensive, but we encourage you to carry some level of coverage.
Some students will continue to be covered by their families; please check your policy or insurance agent. If you’re interested in the insurance plan that Evergreen has coordinated with an outside insurer, please consider this https://enrollment.summitamerica-ins.com/school_insurance.aspx?AFID=56&SCID=61&THID=ESC
You know best what your needs are; please take some time and consider renters, health or any other sort of insurance that can help protect your experience at Evergreen. We’ll continue to be in touch about other issues for you to consider, and we plan to send out roommate names and contact information in early September.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us.
Residential and Dining Services
Olympia WA 98505
www.evergreen.edu/rad - firstname.lastname@example.org - 360.867.6132instu