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Though numerous college campuses have opted for a virtual start to the new school year, there are countless universities across the country that will be holding classes in person. It is safe to say that incoming freshmen and seniors alike are in for quite the unusual ride!

If you are preparing to go away to college this fall, you are likely trying to navigate the logistics associated with a cross-country move, your course of study, and your hopes and dreams for the future. Figuring out how to be an “adult” is hard enough, but to do so with a pandemic hanging in the midst makes it much more difficult! 

With all that is going on, self-storage is likely the furthest thing from your mind. Here are 4 solid reasons why you should rent a storage unit this fall:

1.) Storage Units Can Maximize Your Dorm Room Space.

According to the Washington Post’s article, College Dorm Rooms: The First Test Collegiates Cram For, “College dorm rooms, with their notoriously skimpy dimensions, are getting more cramped.” While students have been able to come up with creative ways to help maximize space, sharing a tiny room between two or three people can make it a challenge.

Renting a self-storage unit can make your dorm room more spacious, since you can store seasonal and larger items (such as clothing, sports equipment, and musical instruments) off-site. Best of all, with sizes designed to fit any budget, finding one that is well suited to meet your specific needs is a breeze.

2.) Self-Storage Can Help Make Moving Easier.

Once the school year is complete, packing up each of your belongings to bring back home (only to bring them back to campus again) is quite the hassle. Rather than waste your time by bringing items back and forth each year, renting a self-storage unit that is close to campus can help alleviate the burden of packing for you and your family. Plus, you can choose to go in on a rental with a friend or roommate to alleviate the already affordable cost.

3.) Storage Units Can Save You Money After Graduation.

Though finding a job right out of college is no easy feat, it is not impossible! If you are in your senior year and seeking employment close to campus, renting a self-storage unit can provide you with the opportunity to save money since you can choose to live in a smaller apartment. This is especially true if you attend school in a larger city where the cost of rent is high. Rest assured – with excellent move-in specials for new renters, the price of storage each month won’t be nearly as much!

4.) Storage Can Serve as a Back-up Option Should Campuses close…

When campuses closed abruptly in the spring, out-of-state and international students without a self storage unit were left high and dry with nowhere to place their belongings (or themselves). With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, preemptively renting mini-storage would prove invaluable should campuses close quickly at some point throughout the year.

Who knew renting a self-storage unit could be so beneficial? Well, we did, obviously – but now you do, too! And remember, though this year has had it’s ups and downs, you are a part of what will make the future great. In the words of Michelle Obama, “You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.”

Wishing you much success this school year and beyond!