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I realize that this question is not exactly pertaining to academia but I couldn't think of anywhere else to ask this. I fully expect to get several downvotes but please be kind and move my question if needed.

I will be attending Georgia Tech as a graduate student this fall. Looking ahead at my summer schedule, I would like to ship my belongings (several pieces of luggage as well as many boxes) to school ahead of time and have them waiting for me when I get there. Ideally, I'd like the school to be able to hold my belongings for 1.5 months (~5-6 weeks) before I arrive. Perhaps it is unorthodox but that is the way that my schedule will work out as I will be visiting some family before I move to Georgia.

I'd like to hear from you what your experiences have been like in regards to shipping belongings to the school beforehand and if there are any services that you can recommend. I called the GATech post office and housing office but both simply stated that they don't have any storage space for student belongings and just said to ship my stuff a day or two before I arrive. This was obviously unhelpful to me so I turn to the people here for any advice.

I also Googled around and was wondering if people had used any services like dormroommovers.com or Summer Storage | College Student Storage and Shipping | Collegeboxes.

Thank you for your help.

  • You might be able to use Travel SE to get info on this. – Compass Apr 20 '15 at 19:03
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    Rather than trying to work through the housing office, I would try contacting the graduate coordinator for your department - whichever person is responsible for graduate student relations. You could ask if they might be able to store your boxes in your assigned office. Alternatively, they may be able to put you in touch with a fellow graduate student who would be willing to receive your boxes at their home and store them for you - especially if you offer to compensate them with money / beer / etc. – Nate Eldredge Apr 20 '15 at 19:12
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    I initially thought this question was "boat programming" but on further reflection I think it's reasonable - grad students who are moving have different options available to them, compared to the general public. – Nate Eldredge Apr 20 '15 at 19:13
  • I don't know about the shipping part, but I think your best bet for storage is probably a standard "storage unit" type of service – zeldredge Apr 21 '15 at 2:27
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    @DavidZ: for instance, as a grad student I would not be too surprised if another future grad student contacted me and asked me to store a couple boxes with personal belongings for a few weeks in my office. As a corporate drone, I would be surprised, and I would find this a bit unprofessional. (Incidentally, you can right-click on a comment's timestamp to get its URL, then link directly to a comment you want to reference.) – Stephan Kolassa Apr 21 '15 at 8:31
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When I moved coast-to-coast for graduate school, I used

  1. UPS for my personal belongings (e.g., clothes, beddings...etc)
  2. USPS Media Mail for my books and CD's
  3. Southwest Airlines free check-in bags (they allowed up to three pieces back then)

PS: I didn't have any furniture to ship.

If there's stuff you won't need for grad school, send them home until you settle down somewhere with a permanent residence. It'll be cumbersome and costly to haul them around the country.

As for storage, I contacted the department secretary and asked if they could store a few boxes for me (and they kindly agreed). You may also write to fellow grad students in your department and ask if they could receive your boxes for you and store them in their office.

Hope this helps!

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