Tampa, FL University Storage

Lubabah Memon | March 21, 2016 @ 5:09 PM

As a student, it can be really difficult to fit everything into your living space without getting on your roommate’s nerves.   Dorm rooms are pretty small, usually about 114 square feet, so it can be hard to live comfortably with all of your stuff, especially if your roommate isn’t a light packer either.  In Tampa, there are 112 storage facilities in which you can store your stuff.  Consider using self storage because you can probably get a storage unit that's significantly bigger than the closet in your room.

Don’t let Your Things get into the Wrong Hands

One of the first, and most important things you should consider when looking for a storage facility is security.  Tampa has an annual property crime of 9,240 crimes and is safer than 19% of the cities in the U.S.  Dorm rooms are pretty safe, but you don’t have someone looking over your stuff at all times, or even at all.  If something is important enough for you to bring it to school, you should also make sure you’re keeping it safe.  Most storage facilities take multiple security measures in order to keep your stuff safe.  Here are some things to look for when finding a storage unit:  24-hour surveillance cameras, on site managers, gated and well-lit facilities, individual units with alarm systems, and security guards.  If the storage facility you are considering has some combination of these measures available, you’re on the right track.  Be sure to ask the facility manager in detail about what measures he/she takes to prevent theft.  Storing your stuff in a secure facility will definitely give you peace of mind while you’re home for the summer or studying abroad.

Flexibility Will Make Your Life Easier

Chances are that you will mainly be storing your things at a facility while you’re home for the summer.  It really doesn’t make sense to take your things home for a few months only to bring them back for the beginning of the school year.  The moving costs, and your exhaustion, will add up before you know it!  Storage facilities definitely understand that as a student you need flexibility.  Most facilities offer month-to-month leases so you don’t have to pay for your unit when you’re not even using it.  Remember, storage facilities are your friends, not your enemies!

You should also look to store in a facility that allows you to have 24-hour access to your unit.  When you have classes all day and are studying all evening/night, you probably won’t get a chance to get to your unit at a reasonable time.  Storing at a facility that allows for 24-hour access will make it easier for you to get to your things without having to plan your whole day around that 30 minute trip.

Too Many Students

The only thing that can measure up to the amount of rainfall in Tampa is the amount of students in the area.  The University of South Florida is a research institution that has multiple campuses throughout the state.  The university is based in Tampa but has campuses in Sarasota and St. Petersburg, which are pretty much next door to Tampa.  This university has an undergraduate enrollment of 31,067, 180 degree programs, and 400 student organizations.  On top of that, first year students are required to live on campus, making the 1,562 acre campus feel a lot smaller than it should.  With the large number of students on campus, and the wide variety of majors and activities they are involved in, it’s very likely that there will be a lack of space and high demand for storage units.

If you’re a student of this university, consider storing at Metro Self Storage, which is 1.5 miles away from campus.  This facility is open every day of the year and has 24-hour surveillance cameras.  You can also store at Compass Self Storage, which is 1.3 miles away.  This facility has tons of things to offer, including 24-hour digital surveillance, electronic gate access, individually alarmed units, tenant insurance, and covered loading and unloading areas (which are great for moving on rainy days…meaning every day…).  You’re sure to have a positive experience at both of these facilities!

Humidity at its Finest

Tampa is a very humid city, so chances that your belongings will be damaged by the weather are very high.  Be sure to store your things in a climate controlled unit.  This will help keep things like your bike, books, art collection, and everything else intact.  Don’t let a little laziness cost you a lot!

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