May 19, 2022 | 4 minute read

Summer Storage Tips for Students in Vancouver and Kamloops

College and University is a special time in a person’s life – an era where there is a lot of learning, growth, and a ton of fun. When a person is at that age, anything and everything seems possible, including moving from your school housing during the year to back home during the summer (that concept seems basically impossible the older you get!).

Vancouver and Kamloops are known to have world class colleges and universities, from Thompson Rivers University to Sprott Shaw College, to Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia. They attract thousands of students to these cities every year from across the country and around the world. And now, it’s getting to that time of year when college students in and Vancouver and Kamloops are packing up their rooms to travel back to mom and dad’s to work their summer jobs and save up for September.

The question is: what to do what all that stuff?

Instead of cramming everything into boxes and hauling it from place to place, why not rent a nearby self storage unit? There are a lot of advantages to putting everything in storage for a few months so that it’s ready and waiting when September rolls around.

Why Should Students Rent Self-storage Units For the Summer?

Self storage units are perfect for students who are temporarily moving from place to place for just a few months at a time. 

For one, self storage units come in a variety of sizes, and there are units that are the perfect size for the number of things that most students have at that time in their lives: bedroom furniture, some boxes of clothes and books, and a few boxes of kitchen things. If the student is packing up a fuller house, there are bigger units, too.

Plus, the units are close to campus and the moving can be done in one or two trips, making it a convenient option for students who are only going to be gone for a couple of months. And then when summer is done and school is almost back in session, the families won’t have to load up a vehicle or hire a moving van to haul everything back from home to school. It will all be there ready and waiting at your local storage facility in Vancouver, Burnaby or Kamloops.

Self storage units are also safe, simple, affordable, and convenient. You can trust that the belongings will be kept safely in a state-of-the-art building with temperature-controlled units. After the summer of fun and work, it is a convenient way to start the new school.

How To Go About Getting Ready For Self-storage?

We know that packing up at the end of the school year might not be every student’s top priority, but there are things that anyone can do to help make the process easier for moving, and for retrieving the belongs at the end of the summer. Here are a few helpful tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

1. Use Sturdy Boxes and Label Them

We’ve seen all too often that moving is done in a very last-minute fashion, with things being thrown into plastic garbage bags and piled into the storage unit haphazardly. Things break, get mixed up, and it’s a messy hassle to unpack on the other side.

2. Start Early

This is easier said than done, especially with finals and saying goodbye to friends, but encouraging students to start early and get a jump on organizing their lives so that the packing process is quick and efficient will save time and money. 

3. Book Ahead

Call NationWide Self Storage in Vancouver or Kamloops when you’ve got your timeline in place to reserve your temporary self storage unit, and to iron out all the details ahead of time. We have a lot of experience working with families and college students, so we can answer any and all of the questions you might have.

4. Share With a Friend

Worried about the cost of self storage?  Don’t worry we offer a student discount!   Further, we have easy keyless lockers that make it easy to share a unit with a friend via an app on your phone.   How great is that? We love supporting students and their families as they navigate their college and university years and are always excited for when students come to pick up their things that they have stored over the summer. There is always a good buzz in the air when the end of August rolls around.

If you are looking for a self storage unit to store some things over the summer months, don’t ask your parents! Contact at our student storage in Vancouver or Kamloops student storage location– we are experts in helping students get set up!