SORC

Table and chairs

 

This page addresses two components of tabling on campus:

 

  • How and where to get tables and chairs
  • How to request/reserve popular spaces for tabling
    • Some places provide the tables for you; others do not.

 

How and where to get tables and chairs

 

Tables & Chairs from SORC

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC, pronounced "source") offers SIX 6-foot tables, TWO 4-foot tables, and TEN folding chairs for student organization and department rentals. Prices:

6-foot table rental $9.00 per day
4-foot table rental (limited availability) $6.00 per day
Chair rental (each) $2.00 per day
Table replacement cost $50.00 each
Chair replacement cost $25.00 each

Events can happen indoors or out, on campus or within a mile of campus, but must be sponsored by a UM department or student organization.  

These items are available for pickup only between 9:45AM-11:00AM weekdays. SORC is located in the Michigan Union, but the tables and chairs are in a different area of the building. We have an extra person scheduled to assist with pickups only between 9:45-11:00.

First, check availability of tables and chairs:  Click this link to view SORC Table/Chair availability calendar 

If items are available on the day and time you need them, you may complete a contract one of two ways:

  • Visit the SORC in person, located in the Michigan Union Room 3401. Authorized signer approval is required. 
  • Submit an online request at least 2 business days before you need the items. Authorized signer approval is required.
  • If you need tables or chairs within the 2-day window, you may do so in person, provided that you are an authorized signer and there are sufficient funds in the SOAS account.
  • Tables and chairs are not stored in our space; SORC staff members have to leave our desk to assist you. Because of this, there are restrictions on when you can pick up the rented items.
    • It is imperative that you show up AT THE AGREED TIME to pick up your rented items.
    • When you return items, DO NOT return them to SORC. Call 734-764-0436 when you are nearby, and our staff will meet you to put the items away safely.

SORC's number is 734-764-0436.  You can also email sorc@umich.edu.  

Scroll down for more information about SORC policies for use of tables and chairs.

 

Tables & Chairs from external rental agencies

You can rent tables and chairs from a number of local rental agencies. You can pick them up (they are off campus) or you can arrange for delivery, for a fee.

A-1 Rental

Sunbelt Rentals

Delux Tents & Events

 

 

How to request/reserve popular spaces for tabling

 

The Diag:

Any Maize Pages registered student organization seeking approval to hold an event on the Diag should begin by reading the policies and completing an online request form.  There is no fee for the use of the space unless you have special needs such as electricity, amplification, etc. Policies related to the use of amplified sound, food/beverages, grilling, vehicles, electrical needs, table rental, etc. will be shared at the time of the request. For more information regarding the use of the Diag or other related questions, please visit this page or email diag.info@umich.eduTables and chairs are not provided when you reserve the Diag; you can rent them from SORC or LSA-SG.

 

The Gerstacker Grove (North Campus Diag):

Any Maize Pages registered student organization seeking approval to hold an event on the Grove should begin by reading the policies and completing an online request formThere is no fee for the use of the space unless you have special needs such as electricity, amplification, etc. Policies related to the use of amplified sound, food/beverages, grilling, vehicles, electrical needs, table rental, etc. will be shared at the time of the request. For more information regarding the use of the Grove or other related questions, please visit the page above or email diag.info@umich.eduTables and chairs are not provided when you reserve the Grove; you can rent them from SORC or LSA-SG or an outside rental agency.

 

Other Outdoor Campus Spaces:

Any Maize Pages registered student organization seeking approval to hold an event on campus in locations other than the Diag should submit this space request form. Tables and chairs are not provided when you reserve outdoor campus spaces; you can rent them from SORC or LSA-SG or an outside rental agency.

 

Posting Wall at Angell Hall, Chemistry Atrium, and East Hall Atrium:

You must obtain permission from LSA Facilities prior to reserving the tables or chairs for use in Angell Hall or the Chemistry Atrium.  There is no charge for the use of the space at the Posting Wall or Chemistry Atrium. The East Hall Atrium is available for events (there is a charge) but not for setting up tables and chairs to promote your organization. Request space online at: Space reservation process for LSA Facilities. Tables and chairs are generally not provided when you reserve these areas; you can rent them from SORC or LSA-SG.

 

Michigan Union:

Do not rent tables from SORC for tabling in the Michigan Union, because you won't need them!

However, space is limited and you must have a reservation. You may reserve space on the Ground or 1st floor of the Michigan Union to promote your event. To reserve space, email umichevents@umich.edu, call 734-764-2000, or stop by the Conference & Event Services Office at 3200 Michigan Union. A narrow 6-foot table and two chairs are provided when you reserve this space.

 

Other LSA Classrooms/Auditoriums:

You must obtain permission from SOAS prior to reserving the tables or chairs for use in LSA classrooms and auditoriums not listed above. Contact SOAS at 2400 Michigan Union, soas@umich.edu, or call 734-763-5767. Download the room request forms here. Existing tables, chairs, and desks are included when you reserve LSA classrooms / auditoriums.

 

Classrooms in non-LSA buildings:

Contact the Administrative Office for that specific college/school. SORC tables can be used in any campus building, but before you sign a SORC contract, inquire at the building as to whether there will be tables and chairs there for you to use.

 

 

 

More information about SORC policies for use of tables and chairs

 

Pick up & delivery

All table/chair rentals must be picked up and returned during SORC business hours.  If you have a weekend event, you will need to pick them up between 4PM-6PM on Friday and return them on Monday; you will be charged for 2 days' rental. You may not return items when SORC is closed, so you will have to hold onto them until Monday.

  • Tables and chairs are not stored in our space; they are stored elsewhere in the Michigan Union. SORC staff members have to leave our desk to assist you. Because of this, there are restrictions on when you can pick up the rented items.
    • It is imperative that you show up AT THE AGREED TIME to pick up your rented items.
    • When you return items, DO NOT return them to SORC. Call 734-764-0436 when you are nearby, and our staff will meet you to put the items away safely.

The tables are slightly cumbersome because of their size, but they are very lightweight. An average-sized person can usually manage two tables (or one table and two chairs). SORC does not offer delivery of tables or chairs.

 

Cleaning / Replacement Cost

Your group is responsible for returning tables and chairs to SORC clean and unharmed.  Misuse may result in additional charges for necessary cleaning or replacement.  When you sign a contract to rent a table and/or chairs from SORC, you agree to return the items in thier original condition to SORC or pay the applicable cleaning or replacement costs.

 

Lead Time

In most cases you can pick up tables or chairs with little or no notice.  However, during the warm months, these items are higher in demand, and may be booked in advance (hence, unavailable).  In order to use these items, an authorized signer for your group must authorize the contract.  This can be done via email, but must be done before you leave with the items.  Table and chair rentals must be paid via shortcode. If you don't have the funds in your SOAS account, you won't be able to complete a contract or use these items.

To request tables and chairs online, you must submit the request 2 business days in advance.

 

Larger Volume

If you need more tables and chairs than SORC is able to provide, we recommend Delux Tents & EventsSunbelt Rentals or A-1 Rental. Allof these companies are local but are not within walking distance. You will need to either have a large vehicle to pick up the items, or you will have to pay the company to deliver them. Their prices are roughly the same, although you might see differences in delivery costs.

 

SORC Prices

6-foot table rental $9.00 per day
4-foot table rental (limited availability) $6.00 per day
Chair rental (each) $2.00 per day
Table replacement cost $50.00 each
Chair replacement cost $25.00 each