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Summer Storage for College Students

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February 16, 2019


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As the spring semester draws to a close, it’s time to start thinking about packing up for whatever opportunity awaits you during the summer. Whether you’re heading to a new city for a dream internship, returning to your hometown to take courses at a local community college, enjoying travel overseas or planning some other adventure, you’ll need to consider what you’ll do with your belongings. For some students, packing up their dorm room and carting all their belongings back home isn’t a practical solution. Instead, storage units for college students are a convenient and affordable solution. Follow these simple college student storage tips to make packing and storage simple.

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Where to begin

To start with, take an inventory of what you’ll need to store and what you plan on taking with you. This will help you get an idea of the best unit size to rent since there are a variety of storage unit sizes for college students. Furniture, lounge chairs, couches and mini fridges are cumbersome to move back and forth between college and home, so consider storing these bigger items. If you live in an apartment, you’ll likely have even more furniture like a bed and dresser. You also can pack any books and school related items you won’t need until the fall semester. And while you’ll likely need your laptop during the summer, certain electronics – televisions, stereos, DVD players – might be easier to store than to take with you. Clothes, linens and towels should also be stored. When using summer storage for college students, you won’t need winter clothing, jackets or boots, plus your collection of sheets, pillows, blankets, washcloths, hand towels and bathrobes can all be put into storage. And if you live off campus, you probably have an entire kitchen full of dishes and pans that can also be stored for the summer.

Get quotes and start packing

Once you know what you’ll be storing, it’s time to call the local storage facilities to ask about pricing. Some facilities may offer a college student storage discount so be sure to ask. You’ll also need proper packing supplies including boxes, bins, tape, labels and bubble wrap. Since bigger units are more expensive, packing efficiently is important. A few basic self-storage tips can help you pack without wasting space. Specifically, these college storage ideas are useful for students:

  • Books: Pack books horizontally (vertical storage can damage the spines) in smaller, sturdier boxes grouped with similar sized books.
  • Clothing and linens: Wash clothing and linens before storing and place them into clear bins. Avoid plastic bags which can trap moisture and damage clothing. Heavy clothing, jackets, blankets and comforters are best stored in a wardrobe box.
  • Dishes: Use clean newsprint, bubble wrap and/or towels to protect your dishes. Place heavier dishes at the bottom of boxes. Make sure glasses are wrapped separately in newsprint with the ends tucked in. Boxes should be securely taped to ensure dirt and dust does not get in.
  • Furniture: To make the most of your space, turn furniture such as couches, futons and mattresses vertically. Stack boxes on top of dressers and use the drawers to store smaller boxes or items.
  • Appliances: Clean appliances well before storing. Leave the door to your mini fridge ajar while in storage.
  • Boxes: Stack boxes on top of each other with the heaviest boxes on the bottom.

College storage ideas to make unpacking easier

One of the most important packing steps is to make sure you are labeling and taking inventory of what you are packing to help make unpacking easier. Rather than having to search through every box for your pillow cases to make your bed that first night back in the fall, refer to your inventory list so you’ll know exactly which box it’s in.

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5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' Storage Unit (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' Storage Units (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' Storage Units (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' Storage Unit (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' Storage Unit (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' Storage Unit (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!