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Storage Unit Tips for College Students

June 24, 2015

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College is an unbelievable time for students.

Briefly escaping the responsibilities of living at home and the prospect of expanding your horizons – what’s not to get excited about?

At some point during your college career, you might come across a rather common dilemma – storage.

Whether you are moving to a different residence or heading back home just for the summer, you will most likely run across a few instances where some extra storage space could be just what you are looking for.

The best solution to storage problems, both short and long term, is to rent a storage unit!

They come in a variety of sizes with a multitude of features, and finding the best storage solution for your needs can be made much easier by following these tips:

Consider Why You Need a Storage Unit

Are you and some buddies getting a house or apartment near campus, but you can’t quite move in yet and must move out of your old place soon? Or maybe you’re heading back home just for the summer or even studying abroad?

These are all common scenarios that are great reasons to rent a storage unit. Once you’ve determined why you need a storage unit, you can then move on to figure out what exactly you’ll need to be storing.

Find the Right Size

So you’ve determined why you need a storage unit, now you need to examine what you’ll be storing and how large of a space you are going to need. Popular storage unit sizes for college students are 5’x5’ and 5’x10’ mostly because they can usually hold all the contents of an average sized dorm room.

5’x10’ storage units work for larger pieces of furniture, but also open up the possibility of splitting the storage space with a friend or roommate, potentially save you money.  

5’x5’ storage units are very economical choices, as they are generally among the most affordable options available. While some storage facilities may offer even smaller sizes, they will most likely have lower roofs, sacrificing precious storage space.

Stay Thrifty

Take advantage of student discounts whenever possible. Most storage facilities in college towns will offer a student discount to attract attendees in need of space. Also, look out for frivolous amenities such as 24/7 access. If you’re going to be gone all summer back home or studying abroad for a semester, you won’t really be needing constant access to your stored belongings.

Think carefully before deciding on a climate-controlled storage unit – if you would store it in your garage, do you think it needs climate-controlled storage?

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If you need some extra space for any reason, we at U-Lock-It Storage in Madison, AL are here to help. Contact us today!