Where Will They Live During the Gap?
Although it feels like you just moved your students into their dorms, you now have to move them out. The worst part, aside from the grueling heat, is that some may be returning in just a few weeks to move back in somewhere. And, if they have to be back early in August, whether it be another dorm, sorority or fraternity house or an apartment, having to schlep their stuff back home to return in just a few weeks seems a little silly. I know how many carloads it took to get our daughter moved in and, frankly, I am not prepared to rent a U-Haul to get her home and back again. So, my first piece of advice is to recommend that they start bringing things home if they are making any trips home between now and the end of the semester or if you are visiting them, bring some of their belongings home.
UF has partnered with Storage on Demand which provides free boxes and other packing materials and schedules pick up and storage for students and return of your belongings.
Another inexplicable frustration for students who live off-campus in apartments over the summer gap time but are not planning on renewing their lease. Most leases end on July 30th but classes do not end until August 10th. That leaves those students in a bind as to where they should live for that 10 day period and store their stuff all while heading into finals. Check with the apartment rental to see if they will extend the lease; the issue here is that those apartments that are in high demand have no incentive to do this and many will not. If they are moving into another apartment or house, most new leases start after August 1st to allow the management company to clean the premise). It’s not ideal to have to move while studying. If they are graduating, perhaps find a good friend to put you up or look at an inexpensive hotel or Airbnb. As for their belongings, there is no easy solution. It is one of the many reasons I am not a big fan of students changing living arrangements every year.
For my daughter, we had some of her stuff put in storage. She had also bought furniture from another student but it had to be picked up by July 30th, creating a gap of four days. The apartment she was moving into would not let her move in early. We ended up pitching in with her future roommate and hiring a moving company to pick up the furniture they both bought and store it for four days and then move it into their new apartment. The price of these four days? Over $1000.00 that we split. Yeah, a $1000 gap. It is a pet peeve of mine that takes place not just at UF but many of the Florida universities where students have to pay for sometimes only 4 days of storage; you actually cannot rent a storage facility for less than a month so the price is still the same.
Here is a list of storage facilities in Gainesville.
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