U-Haul offers free storage for students affected by COVID-19

With colleges and universities across the country closing down to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, U-Haul is offering free self-store units to students who are forced to move because of COVID-19.

College students who have valid school identification may be eligible for 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul owned and operated storage facilities. This offer is valid for new customers only, according to a press release from the company.

“We don’t know how every student is affected. But we know they are affected,” John “JT” Taylor, President of U-Haul, said. “More and more universities are giving instructions to leave campus and go home. Students and their parents are in need of moving and storage solutions. We have the expertise and network to help, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

Students who are forced to leave their schools due to COVID-19 can find a U-Haul storage facility near them by visiting uhaul.com/storage. The company is preparing for an early-spring moving rush, and has 22,000 truck and trailer-sharing locations where students can rent a truck or trailer to move their belongings should the need arise. Customers must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license to operate U-Haul vehicles.

The company also offers Collegeboxes, a student storage and shipping provider that can pick up items for storage or shipping. Students should call 866-269-4887 or email infoa@collegeboxes.com to learn about when Collegeboxes will be in their area to pick up. The first step is to create an account at collegeboxes.com and initiate an order. They’ll receive boxes and once they’re packed, an at-home service will pick up the boxes from the dorm or apartment, at no extra cost.

The 30-days free self-storage offer is typically offered to individuals in communities where natural disasters have occurred.

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