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What is the cheapest way to move to college?

July 31st, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Shipping items to college

As you survey your room at home and picture life on campus, what belongings stand out? Of course, you’ll need to take your clothes and bedding, but what about furniture — does your favorite chair make the cut? Or your TV stand? What about a mini-fridge? While you know you can’t bring all the comforts of home, you want to make life on campus as relaxing as possible. The amount of stuff you need can quickly add up. How will you get it all there? And how much will it cost?

The cheapest college moving is a DIY moving service.


College moving on a budget

Even though a dorm room or college apartment is smaller than the average house, the cost of moving isn’t always much different. For example, moving with a rental truck still means paying for the truck, liability coverage, fuel and travel — even if you only fill the truck halfway. And buying everything after you get to campus doesn’t always work either. You’ll still have to get it from the store to the dorm, and you’ll likely pay more for college essentials in a college town. There’s a better way to get everything to and from college on a budget. Take a look at how U-Pack® makes student moving affordable and simple.  

How U-Pack makes moving to college cheap and easy

U-Pack ReloCube® containers are ideal for college moves. Unlike some other containers, ReloCubes fit into a standard parking space, making it easy to park them on campus or at an apartment. They’re 6’ x 7’ x 8’ (external dimensions) and they hold the contents of one room or a studio apartment. U-Pack delivers the equipment door to door, so there’s no worrying about getting both a rental truck and a car to school — you can drive your vehicle, and we’ll deliver your belongings. Here’s how it works:

  • We deliver a ReloCube to you
  • You load everything inside
  • We drive it to the destination
  • You unload everything
  • We pick up the empty equipment

You don’t have to pick up, drive and return any equipment, and you don’t have to worry about paying extra for fuel. The equipment delivery, transportation, fuel and pickup is included. And there’s no deposit or down payment!

Wondering how much it costs? Easily check prices with an online moving quote. Just let us know where you’re moving to/from, the move date and the size of the shipment.

How to save on your college move

There are four ways to make shipping to college with U-Pack even cheaper:

  • Tell us you’re a student! U-Pack offers student discounts. Every little bit of savings helps.
  • Load or unload at a service center. Get the biggest savings with this type of move. While it’s a little more work, it gets you the cheapest rate.
  • Reserve online. There’s an instant $25 savings for booking online.
  • Choose an off-peak day, if possible. If the move-in date is flexible (check with the Residence Life office if you’re unsure), changing the date can make an impact on the price. A U-Pack consultant can help determine the cheapest date to move to college.

Need summer storage?

If you need to store things for a little while — during summer or while studying abroad — U-Pack offers simple storage. We can store your belongings at one of our service centers, right in the same container you loaded them in. This no-transfer storage is easy since you don’t have to move items into a truck, then into a storage unit and back again. Discuss storage options with a moving consultant at 800-413-4799.

The best way to ship to college

Here’s what customers had to say about getting their stuff to college with U-Pack:

“We used your services to move our daughter back from college. I called a lot and asked so many questions. Everyone was so nice and always answered my questions. We couldn't be happier with the move. Even the drivers were amazing! Thank you!” – Jessica T., Michigan to Colorado

“I was very satisfied with the service. The call center was very responsive and got my delivery there timely, and I was thrilled. This was the first time I moved as a college student and it worked perfectly.” – Cathy N., Florida to Washington, D.C.

“I was nervous about moving because as a grad student, I don't have a lot of money, and I was moving days before Christmas. Would my move cost more than I planned (or was quoted)? Would my belongings get to my destination intact and on time? U-Pack's service was flawless. Everyone with whom I interacted from the initial solicitation call to the final ReloCube pick-up was on point. I always felt like a valued customer — time and genuine care was put into each phase of my move by the U-Pack team. I also really loved being able to track by shipment online. One week before Christmas I loaded my ReloCube and two days after Christmas all of my stuff (intact!) was inside my new home — and I didn't pay a dime more than I was quoted. I couldn't ask for anything more.” – Catherine K., Tennessee to Texas

“I am a student and an academic and will likely move again in the next year. I also know a lot of people planning to move upon completing doctoral work. I have already recommended this service to one of them and plan to recommend to others moving out of state. Very happy with my U-Pack experience.” – Ben S., Tennessee to Pennsylvania

Need more info about U-Pack college moving?

If you have questions about what makes U-Pack the easiest and cheapest way to move to college, give us a call or let us know in the comments. We’re happy to help!

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