Student Storage Overview

Going to college is a milestone in many individuals lives.  Moving away from home often for the first time into a tiny dorm room.  The space is very limited and can be challenging to keep your room neat and tidy.  Self storage can help declutter your small dorm space.  Locate a facility near campus that is closely located, convenient and easy to get to and from.   

Depending on the time of year, whether school is in or letting out for the summer, may determine the availablity of space near the campus.  It may be nearly impossible to find a available space within the last month of the semester forcing you to go further from campus.  However, if you need some extra space during the year and you do not want to pay shipping costs to send items across the country back home, then renting a small storage space is an economical solution to your situation.  Here are a few things you may want to ask the storage facility before renting a space:

  • Will my items be safe?  (Cameras, self storage manager live on site, fencing around property, lighting, etc.)
  • Are there additional fees or deposits required to move in?
  • When is rent due each month?
  • What kind of lock will I need?
  • When can I access my storage units?
  • What happens if your rent is not paid on time?
  • How much are late fees and when is rent considered late?
  • What can not be stored in the space?
  • Are there any discounts for students?

What can you store in your space?  Nothing illegal, of course, but also nothing flammable, perishable or hazardous materials!  Some places offer outdoor storage, if you need to park a motor vehicle over the summer or during breaks from school.  Others storage facilities offer features like air conditioning or evaporative cooled units that help to protect stored items from extreme temperatures and protect from dirt and dust. 

Here are a few tips to help make things easy to find in your self storage unit:

  • Label boxes.
  • Place items that you will not need frequently in the back of the storage unit and items that will be retrieved more often toward the front.
  • Breakable items should be placed on top.
  • Leave an aisle between rows of boxes, so you can manuever between them.
  • You may want to add shelving in your space.

By freeing up some space in your room of clutter will allow you to keep your study environment neat and organized.  Too much clutter can be distracting and get in the way.