Hey college kids, we know a lot of you will be going home or working somewhere else this summer and you might be worried about what to do with your belongings in the meantime. We Neighbor folk can connect you with the student storage you need at a reasonable price.
Now I know what you non-students are thinking–what does a poor college student even have to store? While we may not have much, we love what we do have: our snowboards, the handmade blanket from mom, that motley collection of kitchenware with equality for all brands and sizes of tupperware. The little we have, we need. So now that we have established that, yes, we do have things to store, you may wonder in what situations would we students need storage?
Reasons For Student Storage
There are multiple reasons why a student might need storage:
- Summer Sales. The desperate hope of any college student. You go away for the summer with the ambition of filling your pocket and bank account. But you can’t take all of your stuff with you nor would you want to. Storage!
- Internships. Same deal. Depending on the length and location of the internship, it might not be worth it to lug all of your belongings out to a new place. Better to live out of a few suitcases and have everything waiting for when you get back.
- Study Abroad. Now these definitely have a time limit, and you generally will be returning to school the following semester. Store your belongings close by for your return and then travel without worrying.
- Homeward Bound. Going home for the summer or for any break is always a relaxing pause from the chaos that is college. But what happens when you live 4 hours away by plane? Don’t bother with the hassle of packing everything up and shipping or trucking it back. You will actually save money by looking for cheap storage nearby and renting until school starts again.
- Small Apartments. College housing is famous for packing as much as possible into as little as possible. You might move into an apartment that already has a TV or doesn’t have enough space for that mini-fridge you have. If you don’t want to sell/give away what doesn’t fit, consider storage. You might have better luck at the next apartment.
What Items Can You Store?
Always check whether the item you want stored needs a climate-controlled environment. These are some typical storage items:
- Furniture (desks, couches, appliances, etc.)
- Electronics (televisions, computers, printers/copiers, etc.)
- Bicycles (scooter, moped, etc.)
- Sports Equipment (skis, snowboard, golf clubs, etc.)
- Linens (bed sets, towels, etc.)
- Seasonal Apparel (snowshoes, snow clothes, etc.)
The basics you use around the house generally can be stored. You can take your clothes on a trip with you, some shoes, some toiletries, but all of that other stuff is going to need some place to stay or it all goes with you!
Do You Have Restrictions on the Types of Things that Can Be Stored?
Each storage company will provide details on prohibited items, so you should ask up front for a list. The general restricted items are as follows:
- Toxic Materials
- Perishable Foods
It’s a protection for storage companies and also ensures that your belongings will be safer. If you want to read through an official, comprehensive list of what is prohibited, check out our terms of service or look at any storage company’s terms of service, generally found on on their webpage. Because at Neighbor you store your things with a host, the hosts also can outline specific restrictions on what can be stored at their location.
Do You Offer Extended Storage?
At Neighbor, you can find the storage space that is perfect for you and your schedule. Because of our variety of hosts, you are guaranteed to find the student storage you need. And sometimes you need long-term storage, which is usually 3 months or longer (perfect for a study abroad or long-term internship). If you are planning on storing something for an extended period of time, make sure you store it properly, as follows:
- Quality Boxes. It is worth it to have quality boxes that are durable and easily organized. You can even find sets that make it easy to stack on one another to maximize your space.
- Pallets. Get your belongings off the ground with a pallet. This protects against flooding and other damage and also circulates the air. It’s always better to keep boxes and furniture off of the floor.
- Climate Control. This is especially handy when you are storing belongings through a change in season. Don’t risk the damage that can come from extreme temperatures; wood furniture and electronics can be affected.
- Vacuum Sealed Bags. These are great for long term storage of linens and clothing.
- Cleaning. Clean whatever you are going to store beforehand. This will prevent mold from growing and keep your belongings in better condition.
- Friend/Neighbor. It could be a good idea to have someone you know check on your belongings every once in a while. Especially if you are storing a vehicle, it could help to get out behind the wheel and keep it in good shape. And if anything ever goes wrong, you will have someone there to help you deal with it.
What Sizes are Most Popular?
This is a great question; in general, the 10’10’ unit is most popular because it is just big enough to hold larger items while being small enough to have a cheaper rent value. But here are some examples of what might be the right student storage unit for you:
- 5’5’- The size of a small walk-in closet. Can hold small furniture, boxes, clothes, small electronics.
- 5’10’- The size of a larger walk-in closet. Can hold furniture, mattresses, boxes, small appliances/electronics.
- 10’10’- The size of a small bedroom. Can hold the complete furnishings of a one bedroom apartment. (Aka boxes, appliances, furniture, etc.)
- 10’15’- The size of a small garage. Can hold the furnishings of a two bedroom apartment (including major appliances and even a small vehicle).
- 10’20’- The size of a one-car garage. Can hold furnishings of a three-bedroom apartment and a vehicle.
- 10’30’- The size of a larger garage. Can hold the furnishings of a four-to-five bedroom house along with boats, vehicles, or trailers.
These are the standard storage unit sizes. The great thing about Neighbor is that we are really flexible with our sizes. You pay for as much as you exactly need. Maybe you only need a small space to store all your textbooks until you come back in the fall–Neighbor can help you find someone with a spare corner. Or need to store your car for the summer? We can help you find a spare driveway or garage space. Our unique sizes make for unique prices.
How to Save Money Using Self Storage
This is one of the biggest concerns of any college student; we at Neighbor get that. That’s why Neighbor was created to begin with, to provide a better, more affordable option to college students looking for storage space. Here is how you save money:
- Maximize the space. With Neighbor’s wide variety of hosts, you can custom fit your storage space to your belongings. Don’t get stuck paying extra for a storage space you don’t fully use. Use Neighbor and find somewhere that has the dimensions you need.
- Negotiate. Depending on what you are storing and for how long, you can sometimes work out a personalized agreement with the renter.
- Size Estimator. Use a size estimator to see what size storage space you really need. Chances are you could be overestimating.
- Declutter. Before you put anything into storage, evaluate if you really need it. If it only has been sitting in a box, it can probably go. Less stuff means less storage and that means more money saved.
- Buddy Up. Find a friend that wants to go in on a unit and split the cost. Many contracts will allow you to split the agreement, so you are each responsible for your portion. Especially if you both don’t have too many things to store, you could get the most bang for your buck. Then you two can go on that European study abroad without any worries!
- Avoid shipping home hassles. Cut costs on shipping your belongings home. The postal service time and cost can add up, and you will probably spend more making a big effort to get everything shipped and then have to do it all over again. Go the easier (and cheaper) way and keep everything right where you will come back to it.
Self Storage vs. Moving Everything Home for Summer Break
The advantages of moving everything home for the summer are that you have all of your stuff and you don’t have to pay for a place to store it all. While that may sound nice, you actually might be losing money by moving everything home. And because home is a great place to mooch off your parents and siblings (mom’s home cooked dinners, for instance), you really don’t need all of your belongings. By sticking to the bare necessities and instead using a student storage unit (especially with Neighbor), you could save money in a variety of ways:
- Paying for a truck to drive your things home could potentially be very expensive. It can cost up to $100 for just one trip, depending on where you are going. Neighbor prices on the other hand, are a small fraction of that number starting at $35.
- If you are driving your own car, instead of filling the seats with your belongings, fill it with friends/neighbors and then split the gas cost for an overall cheaper and more eco-friendly trip.
- Leave your things behind and fly on an inexpensive airline like Allegiant. It’s a fast and affordable way home; this type of airline makes its money off of baggage, so bring the minimal amount of baggage and get extraordinarily cheap airfare.
- The drive home can be pretty bumpy; avoid breaking or leaving behind items at home. A long drive can be dangerous with a full car weighed down, so be careful and consider your options beforehand.
Are There Discounts?
Many storage facilities will offer discounts for students because they recognize the hassle of moving every so often. The beauty of Neighbor is that our normal prices are 50% cheaper than a storage facility discounted price. Year round, student or non-student, you can enjoy our affordable prices. Otherwise, make sure to look for somewhere that offers student storage discounts and take advantage of your student status.
Neighbor’s self storage is designed to save you money and make life more convenient. As you plan for this summer or for that next internship, think about how much you could save by storing your belongings with Neighbor. Get a head start now by checking out our student listings to find the perfect fit for you. And then enjoy a worry-free vacation. You deserve one.