What To Do With Your Dorm Contents During The Summer
Exam season is coming to a close for most colleges and universities in North America. All your essays are turned in, and if you are not signed up for summer classes, then you are going to have to make a decision.
If you are like many students, you will be returning to your family home until the next school year starts up in September. But this poses a challenge: What are you going to do with your dorm room and all its contents for the summer months?
There are a few different options available. However, many of them leave something to be desired. As you will soon discover, renting a storage unit can be the best option for many students!
- Leave everything where it is (and keep paying for the room)
- Ship it all back home
- Sub-let your apartment
- Temporarily House your Items in Self-Storage
Granted, this is the option that requires the least thought. But it will also be the most expensive. Do you really want to keep paying rent or residence fees all through the summer for a room or apartment that you aren’t staying in? Some universities and colleges also might require you to be enrolled in summer classes in order to stay in the dorm, so while easy, this option isn’t available to everyone.
If you are lucky enough to have a house just down the street from your dorm, this could work for you. But the farther you live from school, the harder and more expensive this option gets. Renting a moving van to move all your things across the country is not easy or economical. If you are an international student, this might not even be an option at all.
This only works if you are renting an apartment instead of a school dorm room. But even then, this might not be the best choice. Finding a trustworthy person to look after your apartment can be tricky, and if you are leaving your valuable possessions there, you are taking a considerable risk.
This is the going to be the best option for the majority of students. You can move the contents of your dorm to a self-storage facility nearby, which will be much easier and cheaper than moving them all the way to your family’s home. The low fees for a self-storage unit will be much more economical than paying for rent or residence fees on an apartment or dorm room all summer. Your storage unit will be safe and secure, so you can rest easy knowing that your possessions are protected.
Posted on May 27, 2015 | Packing Tips