College students need self storage during summer vacation and beyond.

School is out for the summer!

It's a great time to just kick back and enjoy everything that you were missing out on when you were in school and had to work so hard. Fortunately, you don't need to spend time buried in books over the summer months. Instead, you can play in the warm weather, spend time with friends and family, and just do the kinds of things you enjoy. But what about all your stuff? Do you really want to try to get it all home with you? Shipping is expensive, and you don't want to get rid of anything. You'll need it when summer is over and the next semester starts.

1There's a solution to your problem: self storage

A storage unit can let you pack up all those things you're going to need in the fall, and leave them right there, close to campus where you can easily get them out and put them into a new dorm room. That will help you get moved out of your current place quickly, so you can get started on your summer fun. You don't want to spend too many warm weather hours packing and shipping, when you could box things up fast and drive them right over to the closest storage facility, lock them up, and head home.

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2Renting a self-storage unit will make your parents life easier

Congratulations! Another semester has gone by, and you are that much closer to meeting your goals of graduating and receiving your diploma. Now, however, you are confronted with hauling all those personnel belongings via rental truck or trailer back home and then back to school for next semester.

Or even worse, you may be tempted to throw many of your items away, rather than haul them back and forth. This costs even more money when you are forced to purchase them again next year in order to refill your dormitory room or apartment.

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3Climate controlled storage units vs. Drive up units

Climate control storage units would be recommended, however non-climate control storage unit or most commonly known as drive up storage units might serve your purpose—especially if you are on a tight budget.

Yet it is important to consider that the amount of money you would save by choosing the driveup storage unit may be offset if your items are ruined by moisture or bad weather. Belongings can be damaged by humidity in the hotter climates, freezing in the colder climates, possibly flooding, or hurricanes.

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4Skip the extra amenities and look for student discounts

Some amenities are important, like having a climate controlled unit for anything that might be damaged by temperature or humidity changes. Others don't matter as much, like having 24 hour access. You really don't need to be able to access your stuff on a 24/7 basis since you're probably putting your things in storage and then traveling home.

Most students don't have a lot of money to spend on all those extra amenities. If you're one of them, you can still find a great storage unit at a price you can afford. You just need to be sure of the size unit you'll want, and any requirements that are actually needed and not just things you would like to have.

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5 It's More Than Campus Closeness

Getting a self-storage unit that's close to campus may be your top priority, but there are other things to consider, as well. While it's great to have a close storage unit to take things to, the neighborhood and security also matters. If you live far away, your things will be unattended in that storage unit all summer. You won't be able to check on them when and if you want to - and you might not know anyone in the area who can check on them for you. With that in mind, consider where the facility is really located based on more than just how far away it is from your school.

If you're not familiar with the area, take a drive around or do a little bit of online research. Go by the facility and see what kind of security it has. The vast majority of storage facilities have high fences and are gated, so people who come in and out need a reason to be there.

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6Tips for Choosing the Right Student Storage Units

When you are looking for the right storage unit to store your beloved college items, it is important to do your homework and consider all of your storage needs before deciding on a space. While space is important, so is cost. Students on a budget can most definitely find a storage unit that will fit their items and that won't break their bank account.

Convenience or Cost?: Before choosing a storage facility and a unit, use our search engine to find storage facilities near your college or university. While the ones near your university may be more convenient, ones that are located a few miles away may be a more economical. Compare costs and convenience and determine which one is most important to you. Many storage facilities will give a student discount to all students who rent. They recognize the demand and want your business. Consider that you could get a 10% or 15% discount when you show your student ID, in addition to the regular price and specials offered by the facility.

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