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College Back to School List


August 6, 2015


5 min

Back To School

Students moving away from home to go to college have many challenges and adjustments the first few weeks of school. One of the biggest adjustments for students is moving into a residence hall and learning to live in close quarters with one to multiple roommates.  It is also a challenge to fit all of your everyday “stuff” into your new space. Some dorm rooms are very small with limited storage space so students have to be very creative storing books, clothing, and needed accessories.

Dorm Room Ideas

Before you even get to your dorm room, you need to figure out a plan for your room: what you need to bring, what appliances you need, what extra storage you need, and how the room should be set up to optimize space. There is a tendency to over pack when you leave for school. Being organized and making a checklist are recommended to make the move easier. Consult with your roommate over larger items such as a mini refrigerator, TV, DVD player, audio equipment, microwave, coffee maker and decorations.

Dorm Room Essentials

It is crucial to create a checklist of dorm room essentials. Some dorm room essentials include bedding, comforter, pillows, desk supplies, electronic supplies, storage and organization items, laundry and cleaning items, kitchen supplies, toiletries, miscellaneous items and of course, clothing.

Self Storage for College Students

A majority of college students use self storage to store their dorm or apartment items during the summer months to reduce the amount of items they have to take with them during the break or if they are away from campus. However, renting a self storage unit is actually a great storage option for students throughout the year.  A self storage facility’s security features will give a student peace of mind that their belongings are safe and secure.  Most self storage facilities offer month-to-month rentals that are perfect for a college student’s budget. Storage facilities offer a variety of storage unit sizes which can be both climate and non-climate controlled. Depending on the size of the storage unit that they choose, students can store everything from bicycles to winter comforters. Storage units are perfect for storing excess furniture, clothing, kitchen items, books, mattresses, comforters and linens.

ezStorage has created the “Ultimate College Back-to-School Packing Guide” checklist to give new students an easy to reference for what they need to pack for their college experience.

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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' (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' (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' (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' (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' (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' (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.

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  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!