Student Storage Units and Tips
It is inevitable for every student in college to run into the issue of what to do with all their belongings at the end of each year. Instead of trying to stuff everything into your car and drive home, we’d like to suggest using public storage. To make this as easy as possible for students I’d like to provide some recommendations on what kind of public storage to use and some helpful tips.
Types of Storage
There are a variety of different kinds of storage locations that are potentially available to most students which can meet your needs. The first and less secure option many students tend to lean towards is storing their belongings at a friend’s garage, house or apartment. Although cheaper than public storage, there are many dangers to this. Often these kinds of storage locations are open to numerous people coming and going allowing for a greater chance of something being broken, stolen, or damaged. If you are looking to store anything of value your best chance of having it usable when you return to school would be to use public storage.
Your second option is public storage which allows you to place all your belongings safely into a container style room. Often things kinds of self storage units are built side by side with a single door to bring in your belongings. There are many public storage locations around colleges that offer cheap student self storage which would keep your belongings in a close and secure location while your away for the summer.
5 Tips for Student Storage
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when planning to store your belongings in any public storage unit.
1. If you are planning to store a mattress, set the mattress on its side against the wall to maximize your remaining space.
a. Wipe down the wall that your mattress will be pressing against to protect it from anything left from previous storage unit renters
2. Purchase packs of quick setup boxes for easy storage
a. These provide cheap but sufficient support to protect the items in the boxes as you stack the boxes
3. Clearly label each box and all sides including the top
4. When storage mini or full refrigerators, place them to the back of the storage unit as you will probably visit or use that item the least during the summer
5. Measure, Measure, Measure
a. Know the correct size you will need before you rent a storage unit. The worst thing you can do is rent and begin storaging items and find yourself without enough space
Pricing and Rates
This next section is to help you easily follow our 5th step, Measure. Below is a sample of the self storage rates you will find for 6 different sized storage units in Santa Clara, California.
· 4’x4’x5.1′ for $ 26.00 per month
· 4’x4’x8′ for $ 32.00 per month
· 4’x8’x5.1′ for $ 43.00 per month
· 8’x4’x6.3′ for $ 46.00 per month
· 4’x8’x8′ for $ 52.00 per month
· 8’x12’x5.1′ for $ 89.00 per month
I hope that these tips will help you maximize your dollar and time when searching for the right public self storage unit.