Moving Day: College Edition

As summer comes to an end, many college students are stressed about the dreadful move they will soon have to make. With the amount of time, energy, and planning that goes into transitioning to a new place, it can get very overwhelming to think about the move away from and back to school.  But don’t panic just yet; Great Value Storage is here to help! Follow the tips below for an easy, stress-free college move.

  • Choose the right size storage unit. Your first step should be to determine what size storage unit you will need. Decide what belongings you want to store so you can get a better idea of how big or small you will want your storage unit to be. Many storage websites, including Great Value Storage, offer a useful online storage calculator tool that lets you manually input the types of belongings you have and gives you an estimate of the storage unit size you will need (
  • Travel Light. No matter what stage of life you’re in, traveling light is always the best option. Especially as a student, it makes sense to carry as little as possible, since you’ll probably be moving multiple times throughout your college career. For a student, storage facilities can be extremely useful, because they provide a way for you to keep what you’ll need at school near campus, rather than having to move your items back home for such a short period of time. Many storage units also offer short-term leases, so that you can rent the facility for as short a time as you need.

    College Move Day
    College Move Day
  • Take care of the little stuff. As busy college students, we tend to focus on the big picture while forgetting the minor details. Especially when it comes to moving, there are many small details we forget to pay attention to. Some minor things to keep in mind are making sure you have the right tools for your move and remembering to change all your addresses. Assembling furniture can be very hard especially if you don’t have the correct tools. Put screws, fasteners, and required parts into labeled packages so that you can easily find the right pieces when putting your furniture together. It is also very important to update your new address as soon as possible. Any business that uses your address such as your bank, your landlord, your college, utility company, etc. must have your updated address on file so you receive your important documents on time and they don’t get misplaced.
  • Don’t get charged. Whether you are moving out of your apartment or dorm, you will most likely need to clean the place and have it ready for the next occupant. Be sure to fix anything that may have broken, remove all decorations, and take out any nails and push-pins from the walls. Be sure to thoroughly clean the entire place include dirty vents, fans, stove tops, and ceilings. Try to leave the place in the same condition it was when you moved in to avoid charges and help you get your full deposit back.


If you are a student looking for a great, cheap, short or long term storage facility, Great Value Storage is here to help. For a convenient, secure self storage facility visit Great Value Storage locations near you or for more information visit or contact us at, 512-327-3300.