What college students need to know before renting a storage unit

College Students and Storage Units

by Matt Schexnayder

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College is definitely a time when you want to make the most out of every purchase. Money is scarce, and it is important that you spend every penny wisely, and renting a storage unit is no exception.

If you haven't thought of it before, self-storage is perfect for storing anything you don't use on a regular basis and freeing up space in your dorm, apartment or house. Today, more and more college students are using storage facilities to keep their belongings safe and secure in between semesters or while they are studying abroad. Consider these few tips when deciding to rent a storage unit and your pocket won't be nearly as damaged as you thought it would be.

Usually, there are multiple storage facilities located near colleges and universities, one of which is bound to meet your needs. In a town with multiple college campuses, for example, Colorado Springs, it seems as though there is a storage facility on just about every corner. However, if you are willing to make a little drive, you may find a unit at a cheaper price just a few miles away. Do not go too far out of the way though; you don't want to blow all the money you just saved on gas to get out there.

Narrow your search by looking for facilities that offer student discounts. A lot of facilities will have reduced prices for you if you are a student. All you have to do is show them your school ID, and just like that you save more money. There are almost always promotions and discounts for college students, so be sure to shop around. Check the school newspaper, bulletin board, or bookstore for college storage coupons. And sometimes a good old-fashioned phone call or even a visit to the college storage locations will get you an even better deal.

A little college storage space can go a long way. Know what you are planning to store before you go out looking so you don't pay for more storage than you'll need. For instance, a couch or table will need much more room than a stack of books. You are trying to save money, not spend it on stuff that you aren't even going to use.

If you decide on a storage unit, but it is still a bit pricey, find another student, or anyone for that matter, in your same situation and ask to split a unit. People who rent, and especially college students, do not usually fill up the entire space anyway (you should go as small as possible, but if push comes to shove, get whatever you can).

What's great about most locations is that you rent on a month-to-month basis. You don't have to worry about getting stuck in a long-term contract. Simply pay for the time you are in need of some space, and when the time comes, just move out.

College storage is a secure, affordable option. Many storage companies have convenient college storage locations so your belongings can be stored close to school, ready to go for next semester. Whether you're going abroad or just short on space, taking advantage of semester storage for a small monthly fee is a great way to keep your living space and your belongings neat and organized.

Matt Schexnayder is on the SpareFoot marketing team and writes for the SpareFoot blog. SpareFoot is the largest online marketplace for self-storage. With more than 5,000 self-storage facilities listed nationwide, SpareFoot offers consumers the most complete comparison shopping experience in the storage industry.

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