The end of the college year can be stressful for college students as they set up summer internships or jobs and worry about final exams and projects. The last thing they want to worry about is packing up their dorm room or college apartment belongings including electronics, furniture and any other memorabilia they’ve acquired over the school year only to transport it back home for storage for the summer. A better solution is to rent a self storage unit to store college dorm stuff during the summer months. Most self storage facilities offer month-to-month rentals, which are perfect for college students’ short term needs and limited budgets. When choosing a self storage unit, start with the smallest size unit, typically a 5x5, that will fit your books, linens, winter clothes and kitchen items. If you need to store furniture or larger items, then a larger size storage unit would be a better idea. State-of-the-art security including gated access, digital security camera systems, individually alarmed units and on-site managers will also give students peace-of-mind that their belongings are safe and secure when they are in storage.
College Student Storage
“Pack It. Store It. Win” is this year’s ezStorage annual promotion and sweepstakes for college student or faculty storage! ezStorage is offering student and faculty substantial savings when they rent a storage unit at any of our 46 storage facilities through June 30, 2015. Store your college dorm stuff at your local ezStorage facility by June 30th and receive your 1st month’s rent free, a free 2 GB USB drive and 10% off your rent through August 31, 2015! Once a student or faculty member rents a storage unit, they are automatically entered in our sweepstakes to win of 1 of 3 Apple iPad Airs. The sweepstakes runs until June 30, 2015 and certain restrictions do apply. See the ezStorage website for specific rules and restrictions for the “Pack It. Store It. Win” sweepstakes.
Student Packing and Storage Tips
There are certain items that should be placed in storage versus what should be taken home with the student. Personal items such as spring/summer clothing, jewelry, accessories and toiletries should be taken home. Also, if students will need certain equipment such as computers, printers, electronics, TVs and other electronic equipment, take them home during the summer months. Self storage is great for storing books, furniture, mattresses, comforters, linens, kitchenware including plates, pans and glassware, mini refrigerator and other kitchen appliances and just about anything else students don’t need over the summer.
By the end of the school year, college students might need a reminder about how to properly pack their items for home or to place in storage:
- Books should be packed horizontally in a sturdy smaller box. Storing books vertically can damage the spines of the books.
- Clothing should be packed in clear plastic boxes or new cardboard boxes. Do not use grocery store boxes as these can contain food and other residue that can ruin the clothes. Wash all clothing before packing them for storage.
- Hang winter coats, heavier quilts and blankets and store in wardrobe boxes.
- Pack glasses, plates and dishes in bubble wrap or plain newsprint in sturdy cardboard boxes. Do NOT use regular newspapers as protection as it can leave a print residue on the items. Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter objects at the top of the box. Place filler material between the pieces. Once the boxes are packed up to within an inch of the top, add filler material and then completely seal the boxes with packing tape before storing.
- Clean out all appliances before placing in a storage unit. Leave the door to a mini-refrigerator open while in storage to allow for air flow.
- Label each box with the contents of the box on all four sides and the top of the box. If you are storing plastic boxes, tape a list of the contents to the outside of the box. Create an inventory list of the items that you have stored listing the contents of each box that you are storing.
- Utilize all storage space by storing items vertically and in stacks whenever possible.
ezStorage congratulates the Class of 2015 and wishes underclassmen and faculty a great summer!