Making the decision to spend a college semester studying abroad is like embarking on a new adventure without a roadmap. It will not be easy but it can be very rewarding life experience. When preparing to study abroad there are so many decisions to make that it can seem daunting. You may receive a pre-departure checklist from your college but it only provides travel and living information. But there are a number of necessary tasks that need to be completed before boarding your flight. Besides deciding on where to study, what subjects to pick, figuring out a phone plan, learning cultural nuances, there are also logistical decisions to be made and arrangements to be made for all the belongings you are leaving behind. A Better Self Storage can provide you a safe storage solution for your things while you tackle your study abroad college term.
Why Do Students Need Self Storage During International Study?
What do you do with all the extra stuff you won’t be carrying with you when you are venturing abroad but you will need when you get back to college? A self storage unit is the ideal solution for college students needing a secure location to store their personal belongings when they’re going abroad to study. Students may not have access to a parent’s or guardian’s home near their college to stash their belongings in or they may not be enough space available to house the extra boxes and other college gear. Moreover, moving furniture and other belongings back and forth over long distances can be a hassle. By keeping items in a storage unit, students don’t have to worry about the safety of their items nor do they have to clutter their parent’s home with boxes.
Organization is key, when you have to prepare for tests, pack suitcases, get paperwork organized and have your travel plans ready, the last thing you want to worry about are the items you’re leaving behind. By renting a storage unit before traveling abroad, the transition becomes so much easier when they get home. Students can simply pack up their dorm room and keep it all securely in a storage unit so that all their belongings are in one place when they return home.
All your items will be safe and intact when you’re abroad.
Did we mention that self storage is a money saving option? Consider that you do not have to pay rent for an apartment when you aren’t even living in it. When you return back to the United States to begin the next academic semester, you have access to your belongings.
What to Look For When Renting a Self Storage Unit
Students should ensure that the storage facility is safe, clean and well-lit. Arrange for a viewing with the storage facility to see what they have to offer before signing the deal. Reserving a unit with modern security arrangements, such as CCTV, gated access, on-site facility manager, will give you peace of mind when you are out of the country.
Find a facility that offers a variety of unit sizes so that you can select the right size unit for your storage needs. Students may want to rent the 5×5 or 5×10 units in a storage facility, as they can fit most of their stuff in such units.
Also consider the type of payment options the facility offers. Students looking to study abroad would benefit immensely from facilities that offer automatic or online payment options. Setting up an auto-payment system is important so there are no payment issues while studying abroad.
Reserve Your Self Storage Unit ASAP
Before catching your international flight, you need to find a home for your college belongings, dorm bedding, documents, textbooks and more. If you do not start preparing sooner than later for your storage, then you may have to get rid of your valuable bedding, clothing, and books in your college donation bin. And end up having to buy them again once you return home. Reserving a storage unit a few weeks before you leave for your studies abroad, will guarantee that you get one or else you may have to stress about finding an available unit that fits your travel timeline and budget. So if you are studying abroad in the spring semester then the best time to start planning the appropriate registration and travel plans would be the first couple of weeks of the fall semester.
Storing Your Vehicle When Studying Abroad
Your personal vehicle also needs special attention before you leave for foreign study programs, so consider renting a unit for your valuables and another space for your car. It is advisable not to leave items inside the vehicle, even when you are putting it in outdoor storage as it becomes an easy target for theft when people can see items through the car windows. Another thing to keep in mind is that if your vehicle will be in storage over the winter, you need to winterize your car before leaving it in storage.
A Better Self Storage can help you figure out what you want to do with your furniture, boxes, and other belongings while you study abroad. We have plenty of storage units in different sizes for all your items while you are away. For more information on storage units and student discounts available in our facility call us at (719) 900-4148!