Your Student Guide to Self Storage

If you find that you just don’t have enough space in your dorm room or apartment, our climate-controlled self-storage facilities in Tuscaloosa, AL can be the perfect solution. We offer convenient and accessible storage space. This short guide will help you select the right unit and pack your items efficiently to save you time and money.

What to Look for

If you’re searching around T-town for a storage unit and comparing self-storage companies, remember that they’re not all created equal. Be sure to read the contract to watch for hidden fees and to ask any questions you may have, like these:

  • Is there a student discount? 
  • Are there any deposit or one-time fees?
  • Will rent be prorated?
  • Are there late fees?
  • Can you access your belongings 24/7?
  • What are the security measures? Is it safe?
  • Will you need to provide your own lock?

What You Can Store

Self storage offers the perfect solution if your dorm room or apartment lacks the storage space you need. After all, when it’s time to move out of your parents’ house but you’re not ready for a home of your own yet, you may not have the space to store a lifetime’s accumulation of belongings, especially if you are sharing your new space.

A self-storage unit can be used to store almost anything, including furniture you do not need yet, electronics, out-of-season clothing, old textbooks, mementos, and more. Many parents use a self-storage unit to organize their own home after a child goes away to college.

What Type of Storage Unit?

The type and size of unit you need will depend on your needs. You’ll need a bigger unit if you plan to store furniture and our smallest unit if you just need somewhere to put a few odds and ends. Many college students prefer the smaller units, which are similar to a large closet. This can be a good option if you want to store something like a floor lamp, maybe sporting equipment, and out-of-season clothing. If you are living in an apartment and want to store furniture that doesn’t fit, a 5’x5’ or larger unit may be the better option. Our facilities are climate-controlled because we want your instruments, sporting equipment, electronics, papers, books, and everything else to remain undamaged by humidity and outside elements. If you are going to store temperature-sensitive items, you have to go with a  climate-controlled storage unit to avoid damage and mildew from humidity.

Helpful Packing Tips

While your preferred method of packing may be to throw everything in boxes and get it out of sight, a little patience and extra work will pay off in the end and you’ll thank yourself. Follow these tips to make it easier to find your belongings later and actually remember what you have in your storage unit:

  • Leave space to walk in between boxes or furniture.
  • Label boxes on all sides. Be as detailed as you can so that you don’t have to dig through boxes looking for a specific item.
  • Keep an inventory list of what’s in each box (if you’re super organized like that).
  • For a larger unit, consider making a floor plan and label where everything is. Consider taping it to the wall of the storage unit for easy reference.
  • Place items you need the least often and larger items in the back.
  • Add a shelving unit to the back of your storage unit to store random objects and anything fragile.

When the semester is over or you are ready to move into a larger space, your belongings will be waiting for you, safe and secure. 

Stop by our Tuscaloosa locations on 15th Street or James I Harrison Jr. Parkway to inquire about a climate-controlled, self-storage unit. Well be happy to show you around and discuss your options.Your Student Guide to Self Storage 

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