Going to college will change your life in more ways than you expect. You’ll learn a lot about the world, prepare for the workforce, make new friends, and figure out what it means to be an adult. You’ll also need to learn to live with less stuff.
Self storage is a great option for many college students. Here are seven reasons why we think you should rent a storage unit while you’re in school:
When you go off to college, you’ll either live in a dorm or a shared apartment with other students. Either way, you’ll probably have less room there than you did living at home with your parents. You don’t need to bring everything you own with you, but you may end up needing to bring more than will fit well in your new place. For most, a 5x5 storage unit is enough room to keep all those things you still need, but can’t keep in your apartment or dorm room.
We can just see the eyebrows raising on this one. How can renting more space save you money? The answer is simple. Space in a self storage unit, even one with climate control, costs less per month than the equivalent amount of residential space. You could rent a room in an apartment with a 5x5 closet, where you’ll pay $200 more for that space, or you could rent a storage unit, and pay $50 for the space. Yes, costs will vary depending on where you live, but wherever that is, the amount of savings will be significant.
Over the course of your college years, you’ll acquire more stuff. That means new books and clothes, but it also means small appliances, furniture, and other things you may purchase in preparation for your post-college life. Instead of filling up your dorm room, you can put those things in storage until you need them.
Going home for winter, spring, or summer break? You’ll need a place to keep your stuff. This is especially true if you need to move out of your college housing over the summer. It’s good to have a place to put your things so they’ll be waiting for you when you return.
You will most likely want to rent a storage unit on campus, but you may also consider renting one near where your parents live. If they want to use your old room, you’ll need somewhere to keep your stuff. Put those things you need to keep but don’t need to bring to school in a storage facility near your parents’ home. You’ll have much less to transport to college and your parents will appreciate getting the extra space.
As you acquire more things for post-college life, you may need to rent a larger unit. Or, when you move into a larger place, you may need a smaller unit. One great thing about more facilities is that they allow you to move to a larger or smaller unit as your needs change. Often, you can do this online, them simply go to the facility and move your belongings without even having to talk to an employee.
Moving is a lot of work. The more stuff you need to haul, the tougher it is. With self storage, you’ll need to move what you currently have in your room, not what you have in storage. This is true whether you’ve moving to a new dorm room or a new shared living situation. You can always retrieve some things from storage that you’ll want at your new place, or put a few things from your old place into storage, but the fact remains that self storage will make your move easier.
Overall, renting a self storage unit can make college life easier and more affordable. You can start your search with our comprehensive listings.