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Just when you finally figured out how to organize your dorm room, winter comes along and you need room for your hockey gear. Or you get picked for a coveted overseas study program and have no idea where to keep your stuff. Whether you are headed home for the summer from University of Chicago or looking for more space in your DePaul dorm room, finding a self storage unit just makes sense.
Before you ever set foot on your college campus, figure out your plan for the whole year - not just those eight or nine months you are in class. If you are planning on staying in the dorms until you graduate, what will you do with your belongings during summer break? Is it more cost effective to sign a lease just for the months you are in school and put your things in storage during summer? Your university may have resources to help you make this decision, but here are some questions to ask:
At first glance, it might seem like the best storage unit is the one located closest to your dorm. In reality, there are several factors you should consider when selecting a storage facility.
Let's face it - college is about more than studying. (Don't tell your parents.) Chicago offers students a wide range of activities guaranteed to make college years fun. Easy access to Lake Michigan and activities on two rivers means there are plenty of opportunities for watersports. Beautiful parks and a gorgeous shoreline make hiking and mountain biking favorite pastimes, too. The cold winters are perfect for ice skating, hockey and cross-country skiing. Luging, downhill skiing and ski jumping are also popular outdoor activities.
Unfortunately, all of these activities mean lots of extra stuff. Dorm rooms are often tiny, making it almost impossible for anyone bigger than Thumbelina to keep all of his or her belongings in the dorm room and live in it at the same time. Consider renting a smaller storage unit to store off-season equipment and clothing.
College students are often faced with storage problems because of part-time residence or because students have more items than dorm rooms can hold. Renting a storage unit is the economical solution - especially if you share the unit with roommates or friends or plan to leave during summer months and other holidays. Don't fret, a close, easy-to-access, and affordable storage unit will help you manage costs and free you from rent during those months away from school. Storage units are readily available near Chicago area universities and colleges. Find a storage unit near your apartment or dorm.
Storage Tips for College Students, "College Students: Store Smart" http://storagetipsforcollegestudents.blogspot.com/
Chicago Magazine, "Things to do this winter in Chicago" http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/December-2011/Things-to-Do-This-Winter-in-Chicago-Outdoor-Activities/
Moving Guru, "What Size Storage Unit do I Need?" http://www.movingguru.com/movingguide/what-size-storage-unit-do-i-need/