Boise, ID University Storage

Lubabah Memon | March 21, 2016 @ 3:08 PM

One of the hardest things that college students face (especially freshman) is leaving their things behind because their dorm rooms can’t accommodate the same amount of stuff that their cozy bedrooms at home can.  It’s bad enough that you have to leave your family and friends, but even Mr. Snuffles?  That’s just not fair.  Lucky for you, Boise has 57 storage facilities in the city, and many more in the surrounding area.  Each storage facility has something to offer, but let’s take a quick peek at what you should be looking for.

When Your Pile of Stuff Feels Bigger than the Rocky Mountains

If you’re going to college in Boise, chances are you’re attending Boise State University.  Boise State has 19,333 students who are enrolled in 170 different academic programs.  Some of these students are from abroad, some are from out of state, and some simply move to campus because the daily commute would be too long.  Whatever the reason, all of these students will bring more stuff than can fit on the 180 acre campus.  That’s where storage comes in. Idaho Self Storage is a great place to store your stuff, and it’s only 1.4 miles away from school.  If this facility fills up too quickly, you can also consider DJ’s Store-It-Yourself, which is a mere 2.9 miles away from school.  Lucky for you, both of these facilities are within walking distance to school (three miles is a bit of a stretch, but we all know you could use some more exercise to burn off that late night pizza).  Talk to your roommate about possibly sharing a storage unit if you don’t have enough things to fill a unit up on your own, but you have enough that you need some extra space.  Also be sure to ask facility managers about student discounts or back to school specials.  We all know you could use that extra cash to buy some more nutritious food.

You might also be confused about what you should be storing in your unit.  You’re obviously not going to be storing the books you’ll be using that semester (it’s not your locker!), but you can store books that you were using in the previous semester.  If you’re a part of any of the 200 campus clubs or the 20 varsity teams, you may have more things on your hands than books.  Think about what you would like to store, and if you’re confused, be sure to ask around for some ideas.  94% of students that go to Boise State commute, so you probably won’t have trouble finding a unit.  However, you never know what kind of things students might need to store close to the university.

Late Night, Romantic Strolls…to Your Storage Unit?

The average college student does not sleep before 2AM.  This nocturnal lifestyle generally means that they do things in the middle of the night that normal people do during the day.  If you decide that you need something from your storage unit in the middle of the night, chances are you’ll actually be able to get it because most storage facilities offer 24-hour access to your unit.  As great as this is, it can be kind of scary.  That’s why you need to be a little careful when choosing a facility, and security should be one of your top priorities.  Boise is a pretty safe city, but there are still 4,511 property crimes per year.  When you’re looking for a facility, check to see if it is well lit, has surveillance cameras, is a gated property, and possibly even has security guards.  Most storage facilities have these things nowadays so you shouldn’t be too worried, but you should definitely know what you’re signing up for when you sign that lease.  You will probably also consider storing your things there over the summer so you don’t have to move back home only to move out three months later.  If you know that the facility has good security, you can enjoy your summer without having to be worried about the safety of your things.

Boise’s Summers can Melt More than Your Ice Cream

Boise is known to have very hot summers.  If you’re leaving your belongings in a storage unit during the summer, you want to make sure that the heat won’t destroy its contents.  Students from a wide variety of majors need to store a wide variety of things.  If you’re an art major, you may need to store you sculptures or oil-based paintings.  If you’re in the science club, you may have some chemicals that are sensitive to temperature.  And if you don’t have any of these unique things, you may just need a place to store your bike that helps you get around campus and you don’t want it to turn into a pile of rusty metal.  To avoid any of these problems, consider storing in a climate controlled unit to avoid damage to your precious belongings and projects.  All of the money and energy that went into those things shouldn’t be wasted because you didn’t take the weather into consideration.

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