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Moving out for summer? Moving in for fall? Here's some help

When students move out of the residence halls this spring, they will be faced with one of the hardest decisions they have had to make all year: where to put all the junk they have acquired over the year.

Because many of them live out of the state or their parents’ have turned their room into a fitness center, students living at Florida Atlantic University often are clueless when it comes to where they can store their stuff.

Housing and Residential Life provides students with the option of purchasing a Smart Box for the summer. This portable storage device is convenient and easy for residents because the box is delivered to the lawn in front of the building in which they live and is left there until they are done moving their items in.

After the box is packed, Smart Box picks it up and delivers it to offsite, air conditioned facilities where it will be stored until the resident moves back in the fall.

Carloina Cotter, a freshman living on campus says that Smart Box was the only option for her.

“ I really loved that they can come and bring the storage to you. I really don’t have the time or gas to drive to another facility and then have to do the same thing in the fall," Cotter said. "I trust that my things will be safe and I know that I will have an easier move-in day.”

Another option for residents is one of the many off-campus storage facilities. A shortcoming: no pickup and delivery. A key-access-only gate guards most of the storage facilities, and residents can go and pick up their belongings at any time. Prices vary by size and company, and some storage facilities even provide units big enough for cars.

Gerry Heij, a sophomore from South Africa, choose the Public Storage in the Boca Rio area as his storage option for the summer,

“I loved that it had enough space for my car and it was not that expensive,” Heij said.

Public Storage in Boca Rio may be the most inexpensive option in the Boca Raton area. The company runs a special in which the first month costs $1. There smallest storage unit, 5x4 feet, runs about $32 a month.

It's a highly competitive business, so it pays to do comparison shopping. Also, some storage places might meet or beat competitors' prices.

Already planning for the fall, FAU administrators said that new students will move into the residence halls on Aug, 20 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

"Because this is an exciting and important time for our new students, we try to make move-in day go as smoothly as possible. Toward this end, we will be offering student, faculty and staff assistance crews to help our new students and their parents move their belongings into their rooms," Jill Eckardt, director of housing and residential life, said in an online message to the university community.

"The range of tasks is wide and varied. You can assist with traffic flow in parking lanes and lots, hold doors open, keep elevators moving as needed, and, if you're looking for some energizing \exercise before the fall semester begins, you can help unload vehicles and carry things indoors," Eckardt wrote.

Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and "the praise, thanks and admiration of students and their families," she wrote.

Those who can volunteer for as little as an hour or can spend a full day should contact Beverly Stewart at 561-297-3907 or stewart@fau.edu.




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Moving out for summer? Moving in for fall? Here's some help