College Summer Moving: Storage or Shipping?

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Whether you’re facing your first summer after your freshman year of college or looking at a couple years of accumulated possessions, the summers between school years can be hectic. You finish finals, then it’s a rush to get packed up and then move. This brings up a question that not enough college students think about until there’s only a day or two left to move: what is the best way to deal with all your stuff? Should your look at moving, storage, or shipping?

What do you need to consider?

When you’re looking at moving, the first thing you will want to do is make sure you take at least a few weeks ahead of time to start looking ahead. While it can be tempting to put these details off, especially with term papers and finals coming up, a little bit of forethought will make the entire process much easier.

First, make sure you take some time to find the answer to these questions:

  • How far are you moving?
  • How much of your stuff can fit into one vehicle?
  • What do you have that you’re actually really attached to?

These three questions are fairly simple, but taking the time to really answer them will help you decide what your best option is. Your first instinct will most likely be to grab a storage unit for the summer, but do you really need to pay that expense? If you’re living in your college town for the summer you might be able to just box up or crate up your belongings and store them wherever you are staying.

What if you’re moving quite a distance for the summer?

On the other hand, if you find yourself moving quite some distance, there are two major questions you’ll want to ask yourself:

  1. What items are you really attached to or what items are most important?
  2. Can all of these items fit into your car or vehicle?

The answers to these questions will help you figure out what your best options are. If you find there’s actually very few possessions that you are really attached to, you might consider selling off some items that might not fit and get yourself a little spending cash before heading home for the summer. Since most colleges give basic furniture in a dorm room, you might not have that much to actually move.

Even if you have one or two pieces of furniture you want to keep, don’t underestimate what your friends might be able to do for you. Someone may need some extra furniture for a summer apartment and be glad to take one or two pieces off your hands, or if you’re associated with a fraternity or sorority you might be able to keep some furniture there until next semester. Don’t forget – if you’re getting even cheap storage just because of one couch that could add $60  month for 3-4 months. Do that for three years and chances are you’ll pay for a lot more than that couch is worth.

If you do grab storage, find the best deal!

Finally, if you do go for storage, don’t settle for the place nearest to a college. This will always be among the most expensive. Look for storage that is near the edge of town or in an outer neighborhood. These places will often have the best rates and can save you a lot of money over the summer.

Follow these tips and you will be able to figure out what the best step is for you before packing up for the summer!

Shane

Shane

Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.
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Shane knows a thing or ten about moving. Since taking off for college at 17 he has moved over 50 times to more than a dozen states, including the Last Frontier of Alaska. During that time he's figured out the ins and outs of quality inexpensive storage, the importance of careful planning, and how to carefully ship even the most delicate items. He also enjoyed helping with packing, moving, and shipping of antiques for his parents' antique store. When he isn't sharing storage and moving advice, he's working on his next novel and, perhaps not surprisingly, eyeing his next move.