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Life Events Series: Self Storage for Students Through the Seasons


The typical college student is in a state of nearly constant transition, from new roommates to studying abroad to moving home for the summer months. Downsizing your belongings before moving into a dorm room—then collecting more stuff from back home before moving into your first apartment—is hard work and can make it difficult to ever feel truly settled throughout college. That’s why self storage is common sense for many young adults attending school.

No matter if you attend The Ohio State University, University of Louisville, Indiana University, or another college nearby a Storage Express location, our convenient facility features extend beyond the basics. Learn all the ways self storage can help throughout the various stages of student life and methods for staying organized and prepared for whatever next semester might bring.

Why College Students Come to Us for Storage

In Between Moves

Is there a gap between the end of one apartment’s lease and the beginning of another? Unsure of where life after graduation will take you? Don’t sweat it. No matter how long you need storage space, we can hold onto your belongings during your transition to a new semester or life chapter.

During Summer Break

When leases end and dorms close, it’s not always feasible for a student to haul all their possessions back home, even if you are staying there for the summer. Fortunately, Storage Express offers competitively priced storage solutions and a range of storage unit sizes to provide you peace of mind until you get settled for the fall semester.

For Tiny Dorms

When you’re living in a student residential hall, space is at a premium. From messy roommates to bulky items that you just can’t make room for, there are inconveniences to justify needing self-storage so you can live larger than your dorm room.

While Studying Abroad

If you’re lucky enough to enroll in a study abroad program for a summer, semester, or entire year, you’re going to need a “home away from home” for your beloved belongings. (Trust us: Parents aren’t always thrilled to sacrifice their basement for your personal storage space while you’re away!)

Convenient Features to Accommodate Busy Student Schedules

As a student, you expect convenience, affordability, and efficiency in anything you invest in—and your self storage experience is no exception. From round-the-clock unit access to flexible contracts, Storage Express keeps your busy schedule top of mind with our features and amenities.

24/7 Access, Rental, and Customer Service

A big part of what makes us unique is our 24/7/365 facility access and customer service availability. That’s right: You can access your storage space whenever you need it—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In addition, our team is available by phone around the clock to answer your questions. At any time it’s convenient for you, call or text us, rent a storage unit at one of our rental centers, pay your rent, or purchase a lock at our kiosks.

No Long-Term Commitments

College life doesn’t allow you to become too settled; to some extent, everything is temporary, from your classes to your living situation. At Storage Express, we won’t lock you into a long-term contract, as we operate on a month-to-month basis.

Flexible Payment Options

When it comes to making payments, you have options: online, via phone, in the mail, or at one of our facility’s self-service kiosks. Choosing to manage your account online allows you to make secure payments or schedule automatic payments wherever you are. You can also review your payment history, print receipts, and keep a record of everything with eStatements.

Student Storage Tips

Maximize Space, Minimize Clutter

Living with a roommate can get cramped and cluttered fast. To get the most out of the space you do have, there are tactics and tools that can help. Thanks to Pinterest, wall hooks, storage containers, shoe racks, and other space-saving accessories, you can implement organizational processes that work for you—and hopefully, get your roommate on board. Some ideas include:

  • Stacking bunk beds in your dorm room
  • Using storage containers that fit underneath your bed
  • Rolling clothing instead of folding to save dresser space
  • Storing towels (and, of course, your shoes) inside hanging shoe organizers
  • Using stacking bins for storing toiletries
  • Adding clothes racks to supplement closet space
  • Maximizing vertical and wall space with adhesive wall hooks
  • Hanging over-the-door hooks or racks
  • Getting a key-and-mail organizer for small items

In general, think vertically: How can you take advantage of space on walls, within closets, and in drawers and corners? The goal is to get as much off the floor as possible and maximize your square footage!

Also, don’t forget to double-check policies with your residential hall, apartment complex, or landlord before making any permanent changes to your room or apartment. Every housing provider has different rules about devices that hang on walls and may cause wear and tear.

Feeling organized and prepared within your physical spaces can have a greater impact than you think on confidence, mental health, and even physical health—all of which are crucial to academic success. Your home, wherever that might be, should be a safe haven where you can kick back and relax. Clutter and disarray can quickly put a damper on a space that you want to feel like home.

Get the Most Out of Your Self Storage Unit

It pays off to keep all of your items organized and accessible—not just what’s around you on a daily basis. Students who move into a storage unit don’t have time to waste, whether they need to make regular visits to their storage space or just want to ensure their stuff stays protected for a few months.

How to Pack a Storage Unit Like a Pro

Just like packing a suitcase or trunk before vacation, packing a storage unit is an art to be mastered. From preventing damage to ensuring items are easily accessible, there are many reasons why it’s wise to effectively organize your self storage rental. Below are some tips to keep in mind.

Label boxes.

It might be the last thing you want to do, but grab your black Sharpie and take the time to label your boxes with their contents. It’ll be worth it whenever you’re scrambling to find that one book you want to read before unpacking all your boxes. Additionally, take extra care in marking your fragile or easily damaged items—like dishes, glassware, lamps, and artwork—and denote which end is up versus down. Just make sure to keep any food or perishable items out of your unit! You don’t want to attract any unwanted guests.

Disassemble large furniture.

Even if your unit has the room for it, you should look for ways to break down bulky furniture into a more manageable, compact form. For instance, take the legs off tables, chairs, and couches, and take apart bedframes if you can. Not only does this save storage space, but it also saves you trouble in making tight squeezes through doors.

Keep the heaviest items and boxes at the base.

Boxes are meant to be stacked, but with care and without crushing anything. Be mindful of the weight of items on top of one another, both in terms of the boxes themselves and the content inside.

Map it out.

If you’ll be visiting your storage unit before moving out, trying to locate one particular item among stacks of boxes and furniture can be a nightmare. Help yourself get in and out quicker by making a list of inventory and sketching a map of exactly where all your items can be found. Keep it with you or on the door of your unit for the next visit.

Keep a center aisle open.

The ability to access your unit 24/7 loses its shine if you can’t walk in and get what you need. Try to clear yourself a path in the center of your storage space. Also, it helps to face the labeled sides of your boxes toward the front or aisle so you can read them.

Keep items you might need at the front.

With that in mind, there’s no need to create an elaborate maze through your unit if you’ll only need to locate a few things. Keep the belongings you might need at the front of the unit.

Fill in the gaps mindfully.

Packing a moving truck or a storage unit is a real-life game of Tetris. Use your allotted space creatively. For example, large appliances like stoves or refrigerators are great for storing items inside. Dresser drawers can hold much more than just clothes. (However, remember to leave the doors of kitchen appliances open to avoid the accumulation of condensation or mold.)

Storage Express Isn’t Too Cool for School

College schedules and living situations can change in the blink of an eye. When you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to finding space for your stuff, look no further than a storage solution from Storage Express. With well-lit premises, high-quality surveillance measures, heated and cooled unit options, and round-the-clock service and unit access, our self storage units can help you make room for the next step in your journey. Call on Storage Express for your student storage needs and questions!