In my time here in Bryan, TX, I’ve met people from all across the country and even the world. A lot of that is due to the fact my facility is next door neighbors to Texas A&M. Because of how close I am to the University, I’ve quickly learned how helpful self storage is to college students – no matter where they go to school. Even though I wear a lot of hats as a property manager, what I enjoy the most is the everyday interaction with everyone, and teaching students about the advantages of using self storage during their college career.
Benefits of Student Storage
When most people think of self storage, they simply think of it as another place to keep their things. But the benefits of student storage go well beyond having more room. Here are just a few of the several advantages of student storage at Move It:
1. Save time and money. This is the biggest kicker for students – especially those who live far away. Whether you’re on break for spring, summer, or winter, you can avoid hauling everything home by simply putting it in storage. When you factor in the cost of renting a moving truck, gas money, and the time it takes to drive it all home (then drive it back when school starts again), it quickly adds up. Many students find that renting a storage unit near campus is much more convenient and cost-effective.
2. You can store your vehicle, too. Many schools have strict policies about leaving any property on campus over breaks – even vehicles. If you’re traveling over break but don’t know what to do with your vehicle, simply rent a parking space at your nearest Move It location.
3. Get all your moving essentials in one place.
A lot of people don’t know we are a one-stop-shop for everything. We have a wide variety of moving supplies
like mattress covers, boxes, tape, covers for TVs, bubble wrap, packing peanuts – you name it. If you tell me what you’re trying to pack, we probably have a box that’s suited for you. And if you do
need a moving truck to haul it all, you can rent that with us, too. Check out our full list of locations that offer U-HAUL Truck Rentals.
4. Have peace of mind.
With several storage features in place
like video surveillance, gated access, and on-site facility managers, you can feel at ease knowing your belongings are being kept in a safe place.
Insider Tips from Move It
When you finally decide to rent a self storage unit, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of it. Being armed with some insider knowledge will help make the most of your storing experience.
Reserve your unit ahead of time.
When it comes to reserving a storage unit, it’s all about timing. This is especially true if you’re a student. I recommend students start looking into storage about a month in advance. If you know for a fact you are leaving town and need a unit, you can’t procrastinate or you may not be able to find a unit.
The same applies for a moving truck. Students usually move out around the same time, so there are a lot of people who need trucks all at once. Make sure you plan ahead and reserve a moving truck, van, or trailer well before you need it.
Pay attention to what you’re storing.
There are many situations where students end up with a unit that is too big or too small. A common problem is they don’t properly estimate the right size they need. My advice to students – or anyone storing – is to make a list of everything you need to store so you can ensure you get the right size and value for your money.
If you’re still unsure, each of our facility pages has an extremely helpful storage guide that visualizes what each unit can hold. Or you can simply stop by your nearest location
and we’ll help you out. We will even show you a few units so you can get a better idea of how much space you need.
Don’t rule out climate control.
We often recommend storage units with climate control
in places where it’s hot – like here in Texas – to combat the weather and humidity. Things like leather furniture, electronics, paintings, and other sensitive items don’t hold up well in these elements. Having climate control is also nice when you move during months like May and August. It’s relieving to know the inside of your unit won’t be incredibly hot (like it is outside) when it’s time to move stuff in or out.
Take a Lesson in Self Storage from Move It
When it comes to deciding whether student storage is right for you, I always ask two questions:
1. Where are you going for summer or winter break?
2. Do you want to lug all of your stuff back with you?
If the answer is “no” to the second question, it might be time to seriously consider self storage. If you’re still unsure, stop by your nearest Move It location. We would be happy to give you a quick lesson in self storage, and even help compare pricing to see which options work best for you. We always look forward to being the easiest part of your college career.