How College Students Should Store Their Stuff

by Admin on May 22, 2014

As a college student, the end of another school year means it’s time to start thinking about your summer—whether that involves spending time with friends and families, traveling, completing an internship, or even starting your first full-time job after senior year. Before you leave campus, though, you have one more major project—figuring out what to do with all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the course of your college career.

Dragging the entire contents of your dorm room or apartment back to your hometown can be tough, especially if you’re planning on flying home. And if you’re heading straight to a new city for a summer job or internship, figuring out what to do with your belongings can be even more of a hassle.


Looking for an easier way to pack up and store your belongings before returning to campus in the fall? Check out the new infographic from Next Door Self-Storage. They offer up plenty of useful advice for college students interested in renting a self-storage unit, including:


How to Cut Costs

Some students might say they don’t want to get a self-storage unit because of the expense, but these are usually the same people who haven’t actually researched costs at local storage facilities or looked into any of the money-saving tricks that exist.

You’ll get a better deal if you book early, for example, since storage facility prices tend to go up around the busy summer season (especially in college towns). You may also be able to get a student discount—ask around to see which local facilities have one, and if none do, don’t be afraid to tell them you’re a student and try to negotiate the rate.

You should also practice your Tetris skills when you’re packing to make sure you’re filling all your boxes completely and won’t have to pay for a bigger unit than you actually need. And if you find that you don’t have quite enough stuff to fill your own unit, see if a friend wants to throw in their stuff and split the cost with you.


How to Figure Out the Amount of Space You Need

Most students acquire more and more possessions as they go through their college career, especially if they start out in a dorm room and move to an off-campus studio apartment or house by their junior or senior year. As a result, your storage unit size will depend on where you live and how many large appliances and pieces of furniture you have.

A 5×5 unit provides enough room for about twelve boxes, a desk, a chair, and a lamp, making it a good size for most students who are still living in the dorms. If you’re living in a slightly larger on-campus suite, you may want to upgrade to a 5×10 unit, which offers additional space for a mattress and box spring. If you’re living off-campus, you’ll most likely want a slightly larger space: a 5×15 unit should be suitable for the contents of a studio apartment, while a 10×10 unit should allow you to store a bedroom and living room set, kitchen table, and plenty of boxes.


How to Pack Like a Boss

By senior year you may have packing down to a science, but it takes some practice. Don’t be tempted to consolidate all your heaviest textbooks in one giant box—pack your heaviest items in small boxes and light items in larger boxes to ensure that you’ll be able to lift everything.  In order to protect the spines of your books, lay them flat and stack them instead of lining them up. No matter what items you’re packing, fill all the boxes—even if you have to use some crumpled newspapers or bubble wrap—to prevent the boxes from being crushed.

When you’re loading a truck or van to take your stuff to the storage facility, move any items that you’ll need easy access to as far back in the vehicle as they can go. That way, you’ll be unloading the less-used items first and the most-used items last, and your most-used items will be at the front of your storage unit.

Once you’ve safely stored your possessions at a storage facility, you can rest easy and enjoy your summer, knowing that your belongings will be there when you get back.


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