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Summer Storage for College Students

iStock_000079174307_FullAs the spring semester is coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about packing up for whatever opportunity awaits for you during the summer. For some students packing up their dorm room and hauling all of their belongings back home isn’t a practical solution. Instead, storage units for college students are convenient and affordable.

Do Research on Facility – The first step of finding storage unit is to find a quality self storage facility. When looking for a student storage unit, its important to find a facility that offers affordable prices and security. Also consider a storage facility  that is near your college campus.

Consider Size of the Unit – The size of storage unit is another factor to consider when finding summer storage. Your storage facility should offer plenty of space to fit all of your belongings. If you plan on hanging on to any pieces of furniture it may be a good idea to rent a storage unit that offers a spacious floor plan. Our two most popular sizes for students are 5×5 and 5×10.

5×5 Storage Unit – The typical contents of a dorm room are a desk, chair, TV, twin bed, and a few boxes.  This can easily all fit within a 5×5 storage unit, which is the size of a small closet.

5×10 Storage Unit – If you have a large bed or desk, or perhaps an extra piece of furniture  such as a futon, you may want to upgrade to a 5×10 unit. You can even consider storing with a friend and splitting costs to save money.

Organize Before You Move –  Once you have found the right storage unit, it’s important to organize all of your belongings. Be sure to clearly label every box with a detailed list of all of the contents. You may want to consider color coding each box with bright packing tape.

Tips & tricks to remember:

  • Start packing early
  • Books should be packed horizontally in smaller box. Storing books vertically can damage the spines.
  • Pack glasses, plates and dishes in bubble wrap. Place heavier items at the bottom of the box  and lighter objects on top.
  • Don’t forget to clean out your appliances before placing them in a storage unit. Leave the door to a mini-fridge open while in storage,this will prevent odor.
  • Do a thorough review of your room before leaving

Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out what to do with all your stuff! Start looking for your summer storage unit now.

To learn more about our student storage options, or to find a location near your school, visit our website at

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