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Summer Storage for College Students at American University


February 25, 2019


5 min

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Every year, college students move into their apartment, house or dorm, only to have to move out again come spring. But many American University college students have already come to love the convenience of using a storage unit close to campus to store their items during the summer. Find the best tips for using a storage unit for college summer storage below!

American University College Student Storage Tips

  1. Sell all textbooks: Let’s be honest here, the fact that college textbooks are expensive is no mystery. Any textbook that you will no longer need can either be sold back to the university, on a college textbook site or to another student. This will not only help to make you some extra cash, it will help minimize the items you have to move.
  2. Decide what you want to keep for next year: More than likely, you already have your living arrangements set up before the end of the school year. Thankfully, this makes determining what furniture, appliances and other items you will need that much easier. For example, if you are moving from an unfurnished apartment or house to a furnished apartment, you may be able to get rid of your furniture. If you are moving to an unfurnished apartment or home, you may want to take advantage of other students looking to sell or giveaway their furniture for a deal before the end of the year.
  3. Send home out of season clothing: Items that you will not need until a few months into the school year can be sent home. For example, send home all winter coats, heavy sweaters, gloves and hats. Set aside your umbrella, rain coat, college gear, book bag and more.
  4. Determine what kind of storage you need: Did you know that some storage facilities can actually control the temperature of the storage unit? This comes in handy when storing items that are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature, like leather or wooden furniture, appliances, electronics, a mattress and bedspring. For American University students, a temperature controlled storage unit is essential for helping to protect items against dangerous Washington, DC summer heat.
  5. Properly prepare your items for storage: It is important to understand that in most cases, you can’t just put items into storage without taking a few preparatory steps first. For example, when storing a mattress, it is important to vacuum and clean the mattress before storage. Are you stumped on how to store one or more of your items? We’ve got you covered. Check out our blog for the best tips and tricks for storing hard to store items.

Reserve a Student Storage Unit with ezStorage!

Are you ready to reserve a storage unit for student storage? ezStorage has storage facilities near American University, in Bethesda, MD, Alexandria, MD and Takoma Park, MD. For storing a few pieces of furniture from one to two rooms, consider a 5×5 or 5×10 storage unit.

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5x5 locker

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!