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A College Student’s Guide to Summer Storage

College students are always on the move. Lots of students live in dorms that close down for the summer, and many more decide to stay with friends in houses or apartments—where leases usually don't start until August. Other students decide to study abroad during a semester, and since on-campus housing is in such short supply all over the state, they have to give up their dorm room while they're away.

So what options do students have? Here is why a storage unit may be the best solution.

Self-Storage is the Solution

There's a simple and easy solution to what to do with all your belongings in the housing off-season—self storage. Let's face it, college in Colorado is as much about the outdoors as it is the classroom, so you've probably got snowboards, bikes, and kayaks to pack up—along with the ramen noodles and coffee pods. With a self-storage unit, you can move all those belongings in a few trips to a self-storage unit instead of a week-long trek across the country.

Even when gas prices aren't through the roof, a move-out trip incurs fuel, food, and hotel costs, not to mention the wear and tear on your car. Shipping a few boxes might seem like a good idea, but when you factor in the weight and size of those boxes (see snowboard and kayak, above), that quickly turns into a deal breaker for most students.

Considering this, a self-storage unit is really the most cost-effective way to store your belongings over the summer. You can also move at your own pace once you've rented the unit, and if you're moving into an apartment, you can rent a unit large enough to accommodate everyone’s things.

What Size Unit Do I Need?

Look at all your stuff and multiply by at least two—you always have more than you think. An 8X10 unit is comparable to a deep walk-in closet, and that may be plenty if you're in a dorm. A 10X10 space may advertise as big enough to hold the contents of a two-bedroom house, but keep in mind that's counted as boxes and some furniture. Bicycles and other outdoor gear take up more room.

Can I Be Sure That My Stuff Doesn't Mildew or Overheat?

Choose a climate-controlled facility that regulates both temperature and humidity. You'll probably take your laptop home, but you want other electronics and clothes to stay cool and dry.

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How Do I Know My Stuff is Secure?

Look for a self-storage facility that is internal—that is, all the units are in a building with only interior access, and have freight elevators to the upper floors. Many companies have an app for access from your smartphone, so you don't need to worry about access codes and giant locks. These apps should also give you 24/7 video access to your unit.

Do I Have to Pay More If I Only Need It During the Summer?

You should rent your unit on a month-to-month contract, so that you're not on the hook during the school year. But you might want to keep it year round, when you do have lots of outdoor gear and you're in a small dorm room or apartment.


Blue Mountain Self Storage in Parker and Loveland offers the ideal storage solutions for college students on summer break, or away for a semester. Our units are safe, secure, and just waiting for your arrival. Contact us today!

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