A UT Austin Student’s Guide to Summer Storage Solutions

by Megan Mills

As exciting as it is to move to a new apartment, everyone knows that moving can be a pain. West Campus student housing typically has move-in dates in early August, and move-out dates at the end of July. This leaves about two weeks of time between leases in which you will have to decide where to stay and where to store your belongings. You may also need storage if you choose to sublet due to studying abroad, taking an internship in another city, or taking a semester off.

Read Next: Ultimate Guide to West Campus Move-in and Move-out

For this reason, we have compiled a list of your storage options to help you decide which is the best for you.

Storage Options for Moving: West Campus

Waterloo Interior

Move-in ready kitchen and living area at Waterloo Tower.

Storage Units

Many students choose to rent a storage unit for the time between their West Campus leases, especially those who furnish their own apartment.

Top storage companies near UT Austin include Public Storage, CubeSmart, and Life Storage. These companies offer a variety of unit sizes, ranging from around 5’ x 5’ to 10’ x 30’. 

The majority of students don’t need more than a 5’ x 5’ unit, especially if they choose to live in apartments that come fully furnished. These storage spaces do, however, get rented the fastest in college towns, so it’s important to plan ahead to get the best price. Even for students with furniture, unless you’re living in a house, a 5’ x 10’ or 10’ x 10’ unit is typically enough space.

For reference, according to Life Storage, a 5’ x 5’ unit is about the size of a small walk-in closet. A 5’ x 10’ unit is around the size of a typical walk-in closet and will fit the furnishings of a medium bedroom. Finally, a 10’ x 10’ unit is around the size of an average bedroom, with plenty of room to store the furnishings of a living room or two small rooms.

Storage units typically cost between $50 and $400 per month depending on unit size, but students will most likely pay under $100 for their unit due to the smaller size.

To help you understand your storage unit options near West Campus, we have compiled a list of storage units near UT Austin.

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Leave at Home

Students who live in Texas, especially those who live near Austin, often choose to bring their belongings home during the two-week break. This works especially well for those who have a car with them at school and can fit all of their belongings into it.

Some out-of-state students choose to ship things home or bring them via car or suitcase, but this is typically only for longer durations of time, such as summer break or a semester off. For this reason, most students who live out-of-state choose to rent a storage unit or leave their belongings with a friend who lives near UT.

Stay with a Friend

Some students opt to renew their West Campus lease rather than move to a new apartment complex in the neighborhood. In this scenario, you are able to remain in your apartment during the two-week gap. 

If you’re lucky enough to have a friend who is renewing their lease somewhere, you might ask them if you can store a few things in their apartment for the weeks between leases. If you don’t have many things to store, this might be the best option for you.

Friends at Zilker

Friends at Zilker Park in Austin, TX.


We hope this article helped you better understand your storage options between West Campus move-in and move-out.

If you’re curious about West Campus living, feel free to reach out to the Waterloo leasing team, who are happy to answer any questions you might have.