What I thought my dorm room would look like….
What my dorm room actually looked like…
So it’s coming up on the end of the school year and it’s time to move out of the dorm for the summer. If you’re like most dorm residents, you’ve accumulated a lot of “stuff” throughout the year. Now you’ve got to decide what to do with all that stuff for the summer.
A storage unit is the perfect solution. It’s convenient and significantly cheaper than shipping everything home and then back again in the fall.
Tips on Selecting the Right Storage Unit for You
- 5×5 and 5×10 are the most popular unit sizes rented by college students. A 5×5 is the size of a small closet and can typically hold the contents of a dorm room. A 5×10 is the size of a walk-in closet and can also hold small furniture items such as a futon or a small refrigerator.
- Storage prices rise in the spring so if possible book your unit early to lock in the best rate.
- Consider splitting a larger unit with a friend or two. A larger unit like a 10×10 may have a lower price per square foot than two 5×10 units. You’ll also avoid additional charges like administration fees or the cost of insurance policies on two units.
- When packing for storage, use similar-sized boxes for easier stacking. Plastic totes work particularly well for stacking.
- Consider a climate control unit if your school is in a hot or humid part of the country, particularly if you’re storing electronics. Delicate electronics can be damaged by the high temperatures in a non-climate controlled unit.
- Ask for special student discounts. Many storage facilities offer a discount to students or faculty who can show a student ID.
Happy storing and have a great summer!