Tips for locking up your belongings for the summer



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Storage units remain closed Jan. 10 on Henderson Street. Students say their items secure can be a worry of theirs.  Claire Livingston Buy Photos

Every May, students say goodbye to their temporary homes by packing up their stuff so they can move into their new digs in the fall. 

Be it a residence hall, an apartment or a house, some tenants are asked to completely vacate the premise well before August. 

Without any property in Bloomington to their name for at least some portion of the summer, students are left with two options: bring their belongings back home or keep them in a local storage unit.

Leaving town for summer break or a semester abroad becomes a simpler task with storage units.

A blog post on U-Haul’s website explains how beneficial storage units can be for college students at the end of the semester. 

Transporting your belongings back home in a moving truck can be expensive, but storage units combat dealing with those high prices. The blog said that by self-storing your stuff, you don’t have to worry about moving expenses when coming back to school.

The blog also shed light on how storage units help students save time, money and energy for their parents. By investing in self-storage, you can bail out your parents from driving to Bloomington and from any physical stress that stems from moving heavy objects.  

IU students have a handful of self-storage options at their disposal in Bloomington. While their rates vary throughout the year, these facilities offer a number of attractive features and special deals for students.

Located just north of IU’s campus, Bloomington Affordable Self Storage’s name lives up to its reputation. For up to a year your initial rate will stay the same, even if its rates increase.

It also has a policy that enables you to receive $50 in credit when you rent a U-Haul from the 17th Street location. 

Another local storage facility is Soft Touch Moving and Storage on South Walnut Street. While it specializes in moving, its offers the ultimate deal for students: the Dorm In a Box Moving Special.

For $299, two men will come to your dorm at the end of the year and move your belongings out before they are stored at the facility for three and a half months. Come August, they will then move your stuff into your new residence. 

With five different facilities across Bloomington, Storage Express is another option. Three of those five locations are open 24-hours.

Storage Express is also one of many storage groups that offer 50 percent off your first month of rent.

With so many IU students living off-campus, Bloomington has an abundance of self-storage facilities awaiting the business they receive at the end of each semester.

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