Gear Rental


What can I rent?

Kalamazoo College Students, Faculty, Staff and non-Kalamazoo College-affiliated folks can rent various types of backpacking and camping gear such as stoves, sleeping bags, tents, and more! Rentals can be made on a day, weekend, or week long basis. 

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We have resumed gear rentals for K students, faculty, and staff for the Fall term with some modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic and campus restrictions. We will be quarantining, cleaning, and sanitizing all gear in-between uses. Due to this, there may be limitations on gear availability throughout the term. Drop-in rentals are currently suspended, but local pick-up in Kalamazoo can be arranged. If you live outside of the Kalamazoo area, gear can be shipped to you. Please be sure to submit a gear rental request at least 48 hours prior (we recommend more) to your desired pick-up day/time.

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Pick-up and Drop-off

After submitting your gear rental request form, you will be contacted via email by Outdoor Programs staff to coordinate Pick-up or Delivery of your gear.

Local Pick-up/Drop-off: If you are currently living in Kalamazoo, local Pick-up and Drop-off will be coordinated and scheduled with our Outdoor Programs staff. After submitting the gear rental request form, you will be contacted via email with further details of scheduling and location.

Out-of-town Delivery: If you live outside of the Kalamazoo area, you will be contacted via email by Outdoor Programs staff after you submit your gear rental request form to coordinate delivery and shipping of the gear to you. Please note that we are unable to ship large items such as bikes and boats.

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we require masks to be worn and social distance to be maintained for any in-person Pick-ups and Drop-offs. We have in place employee health screening, strict quarantining, cleaning, and disinfecting procedures for our gear, and procedures for transferring your gear safely to and from you at Pick-up and Drop-off.

Drop-in Rental Hours – Currently Suspended for Fall 2020

Please fill out a gear rental request form and our staff will then coordinate gear attainment with you. See above for more details.

Monday 4-6pm
Wednesday 4-6pm
Friday 12-1pm & 4-6pm

If you have questions about pick-up or drop-off, please contact


Fall 2020 Student Discount

During the fall 2020 term, K students receive 50% off of the listed rental pricing. If you live outside of the Kalamazoo area, you will only pay for the cost of shipping and the rental fee will be waived.

Rentals to all staff, faculty and community members require a deposit in the form of a credit card number which is destroyed once items are returned.

Visit our Kalamazoo College Rental Pricing page or download our Equipment Rental Pricing Kalamazoo College pricing sheet.  

For non-Kalamazoo College-affiliated member pricing visit our Community Pricing page or download our printable Community Pricing sheet.