College Students: Storing Everything For the Summer

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You get two breaks a year as a college or university student living on campus. The first is for the winter holidays, and the second, of course, is during summer. For millions of students, these two breaks mean one thing they loathe; packing and moving all their stuff out of their college dorm or off-campus apartment.

If you’re like most students and hate moving all your stuff back home every break, storing your things in a storage unit might be a great solution. Read on if you’re wondering what it takes to store items, why it’s a good idea, and what students typically store. The information below will be very enlightening and could save you a lot of hassle and money the next time you go on break.

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Why College Students Need a Storage Unit

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There are several excellent reasons why college students should rent a storage unit when they go on break. We’ll break them down below to better explain why renting a storage unit is such a great idea.

Renting a storage unit is easier than moving everything back home

Many students go to school hundreds or thousands of miles away from home. If that’s you, moving everything back home means renting a truck and driving for hours. However, if you rent a storage unit locally, your trip might be as little as 5 to 20 minutes.

You won’t have to waste a day or two driving

Let’s say you live in New Jersey but are attending school at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. To move your things back home, you’re talking about a 10 to 11 Hour drive. You can skip that drive altogether and fly home if you store your stuff in a storage unit locally. You could save even more time depending on where you call home and where you’re going to school.

All your things will be close by when school gets back in session

Once school starts again, all your things will be minutes away from your college dorm or off-campus apartment. You won’t have to drive for hours on end and waste all sorts of time moving everything back.

It’s much less time, energy, fuel, and money

Renting a truck and moving your things back home takes a lot of time, as we’ve seen. It also uses a huge amount of fuel which costs money and takes a lot of energy. Depending on what you own, you’ll also need people to help you move it all. Renting a storage unit will save you all around on all of these moving-related tasks.

There’s much less risk of damage and breakdowns

The last thing you want is to spend half of your winter or summer break waiting to be rescued because your moving truck broke down on the side of the highway. Also, moving things long distance increases the chance they get damaged or even destroyed. If you use a local storage unit, the chance of your truck breaking down or your stuff being damaged or lost is much lower.

Storage for the Summer Break

Summer break is the longer of the two big breaks that college and university students get every year. That’s why storing your things in a storage unit for summer break makes the most sense because you’ll be away from school for about three months.

What are College Students Usually Storing for the Break?

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You can store many items in a storage unit except for flammables, hazardous materials, firearms, anything illegal, animals, unregistered/non-working vehicles, food, perishables, yourself, and school mascots. Below is a list of some things that college and university students store when they go away on break.

  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Electronics storage
  • Storing textbooks
  • School supplies
  • Sports equipment
  • Vehicles, including cars, bicycles, mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles

It should also be noted that many college students rent a storage unit throughout the entire school year because it significantly helps with dorm organization. Many students feel super cramped in their dorm rooms. By renting a storage unit, you can keep the things you need nearby but still have plenty of room to relax and enjoy your dorm room.

What is Month-to-Month Leasing? 

At StorAmerica, the only rental lease we offer is a month-to-month lease. What’s a month-to-month lease? That’s when a tenant (you) pays every month for as long as they need a storage unit, and when the need expires, the lease expires with it.

A month-to-month lease is much better for a college student because it doesn’t lock you into a long-term contract. All you need for winter break is about a month, and for summer break, about three months of self storage time, a month-to-month lease makes a lot of sense for college students.

Store Your College Stuff The Easy, Safe, and Affordable Way with StorAmerica Self Storage

If you’re a college student who needs to rent a storage unit during break or when studying abroad, StorAmerica can help. We also offer many excellent storage features, including 24/7 video security, on-site managers, and packing supplies to pack all your college stuff. If you’re looking for packing tips, StorAmerica has those too. Click the link for a student storage overview, and when you’re ready, reserve your storage unit online with the college self storage expert, StorAmerica.

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