Moving away from home, deciding what you will need, and the entire idea of newfound independence alone can be a difficult prospect to first time college students (and their parents). Often times, college is the first time a child (or young adult) has left the home for a long period of time and when you are in a new and unfamiliar place alone for the first time, this can be very daunting. Moving your belongings out of state or across the country can be a strenuous process, that’s why students often find themselves renting an accommodating storage unit for long breaks and in between grades or housing changes. Many of the belongings you have in your college home or dorm do not need to come home with you back to mom and dads for summer break; but if you will need these same belongings next year, why lug all of that back and forth between dorm and home?
With deals, discounts, and self-storage managers who can provide you with the best advice in renting the appropriate size, reserving a storage unit is an ideal option for short term storing. Being experts in the student storing industry, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to ensure you are making the most of your summer storage experience!
- Discounts!: The beauty of being a student is taking advantage of all of those student discounts! Luckily we, as well as many other facilities, have a 5% student discount. Upon renting the unit, the student must show their legitimate and up to date student ID in order to rent the space at the discount. In order to continue this discount, the student must show proof of student ID every year in order for it to continue. Once the student graduates or is no longer a student, the discount will not apply any longer. Along with the student discount, if you find a particular special on your unit, we will honor the special, once that special expires then the student discount will begin. Example, if you reserve a unit for $1 move in and 15% off for 6 months, after this special expires in those first 6 months, your 5% student discount will begin as long as proof of current education is displayed to our manager at the site.
- Reserve unit in advance: When it comes to self storage, busy season is always June-September. This is the peak time that people move, switch schools, go on vacation, summer clean, etc. Therefore, many storage facilities will be occupying their spaces very quickly in these months. If you know summer is approaching fast, I would recommend calling around and finding a suitable facility as soon as possible to ensure you have a space reserved. Even if you reserve a space online, some facilities have a first come, first serve policy, therefore you want to call the facility with a firm commitment on both sides that your space will indeed be reserved.
- Seek help from onsite staff about what size you will need: When calling the facility to reserve a unit, have a good understanding of what exactly you will need the space for. If you know the general dimension of the furniture being stored and the number of boxes you will have, the site staff will absolutely be able to estimate what size of storage you will be needing. This is especially important for short term storage because you do not want to overpay for extra space you do not need, or underestimate the space you will need and have to upgrade after getting there. Our facilities ensure that our site staff is well-trained and capable of providing customers with all the answers they will need when it comes to finding the correct size and helping with storage tips.
- Inventory: Since you will most likely be without your belongings for several months while you are home, it’s important to have an idea of what you’re putting in storage so that you don’t need it while you’re gone. A great way to do this is writing detailed descriptions on the boxes (ex: Bed: comforter, sheets, pillows) and taking pictures to keep on your phone and look back on if you can’t remember where you put something. This also makes it simple when you come back to get your belongings after several months and need to know what is what. Another smart tip is when organizing the unit, it helps to organize boxes and furniture according to the room it goes into (ex: coffee table, TV, bookcase- family room). This makes the moving process easier when you’re putting together your place room by room.
- Changing sizes: If you get to your unit and realize that you don’t need that couch in your new place after all, but you still want to keep it in case- don’t forget transferring units is always an option. It doesn’t make sense to pay for a 10×10 unit when all you have is a couch. Our sites make it very easy to transfer to a smaller or larger unit based on your needs and our availability. If this is the case, always feel free to chat with a site manager on the best transition for you.
- Proper storage: Always check that you are storing your items properly to ensure that they maintain their value while being stored. This may mean using a mattress cover to keep dust off of your mattress, keeping your clothing in garment bags to ensure quality, stacking your items appropriately so that they do not crush or damage others, taking batteries out of electronics, and much more. Take a look at our post on how to prep your belongings for storage.
Storage is a great (and often more affordable) option for college students not eager to bring all of their belongings home after the end of every school year. Definitely do research in spring, don’t wait too long, and search for the best deals in your area!
Written By: Lauren Gronna, Advertising Coordinator