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Is Moving Out Harder?
For some, the process of moving in is easier than moving out. When your student moves in, they neatly pack their items in a suitcase. Their towels, sheets, comforters, and décor are new, clean and many times still in its original packaging. Moving out? Not the case. Items are shoved in garbage bags, clothing is piled into a suitcase and the suitcase is sat on so that it can be zippered. Towels and sheets haven’t been washed all semester and can practically walk home! Needless to say, it can be just as stressful as moving in. For some students who are coming back to school for the summer session, their items can be stored. Some students can move their items into their next year’s apartment and some just don’t want the hassle or see the necessity to bring their refrigerator or microwave home. For these students there are options.
UNF’s move out date for Spring 2020 is May 1st by 3:00 pm (except for The Flats which is a 12-month lease.) That means that on or before May 1st, 2020 all students must have moved out and been checked out of their dorm room by their resident advisor. (**Due to the Covid19 this information has been updated by the university. Please refer to any emails that you may have received.**)
I have two older sons (which helped me a lot in preparing for my daughter’s first year at UNF) and I tell them every year a few weeks before finals to start preparing. Clean out and throw away whatever they don’t need or use anymore. Although it may not seem like much, it is a start to a process that you don’t want them to begin the day you are picking them up. They can organize items into things that they need to bring home and things that they want to bring to storage.
Finally, take 100 pictures, then take 20 more time-stamped. You could be charged for damages to the dorm room and if you have not documented everything be prepared to be charged.
I have listed a few storage units for your convenience.
Cube Smart Self Storage – 8585 Touchton Rd, Jacksonville. It offers the first month free and has several locations around the UNF area.
Extra Space Storage – 10523 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville. Offers the first month free.
Public Storage – 3424 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville. Offers $1 for the first month and monthly rentals. Several locations.
Atlantic Self Storage – They have several locations but the one at 3635 Kernan Blvd. S is the closest to campus and used by many students who live off Kernan.
These are just a few local storage units. As I mentioned before your student can check with their apartment complex, depending on when their lease starts. Students can often store their items in their new apartment or even in a storage area within the apartment complex.
Some other options include companies like Dorm Room Movers Spaceship division which sends your student boxes and they pack and print labels. They then will send UPS to pick them up and ship them to their nearest facility. The cost is monthly, by-the-box and when your student is ready to receive their items, they log in and request them and they will be shipped back to them.