With classes coming to a close and the burden of move-out drawing near, many Georgetown students must decide which company they will entrust with their belongings over the summer.

The Corp’s Student Storage, which bills itself as “the Official Storage Provider of Georgetown University,” allows students unable or unwilling to transport their belongings home for the summer to store them temporarily until they return to campus.

Unlike some other locally run companies, Student Storage also offers the opportunity for students studying abroad for a year or even a semester.

A Corp Student Storage competitor, D.C. Student Storage, is a D.C.-based company with prices similar to those offered by The Corp. Like Student Storage, D.C. Student Storage is student-run and owned, according to its Web site.

Collegeboxes, first founded at Duke University, has expanded to over 50 schools nationwide offering Georgetown students another storage option.

Collegeboxes Brand Manager Bethan McGarry (SFS ’12) said that the benefits of her employer’s company included a barcode tracking system and $100 insurance on every box. One-hundred twenty students stored with Collegeboxes last year.

With these boxing companies, students place an order online, pack their belongings in the provided boxes, and the services will come to campus and pick students’ belongings up in these boxes and store them in climate-controlled units for the summer.

When it comes to preferences in a storage company, students say that it boils down to pricing.

“I really have no option but to store my things over the summer, and I would prefer it if storage was reasonably priced,” said Josefin Dahlerus (SFS ’13), an international student from Sweden.

Within the past year, there have been changes to the structure of The Corp’s Seasonal Services, which is responsible for providing the Turkey and Bunny Shuttles as well as running the summer storage service.

In order to maximize efficiency of Corp workers and to lessen the workload, two more management positions have been established in the Seasonal Services management team.

The Student Storage program is boosting accessibility by adding another pod located at Poulton Hall this year, where students can drop off their boxes before they are shipped to an off-campus storage location. The space will primarily serve the Village B, West Georgetown and university townhouse communities.

The creation of storage drop-off sites located behind St. Mary’s Hall will serve Burleith residents. Prior to this year, the closest location for these students was Bulldog Alley in the Leavey Center.

This year marks the startup of the Summer Storage Grant, which will provide two students with a $100 discount toward their storage order. Applications for the grant are currently being accepted on The Corp’s Web site until Friday.

Jamie O’Neill, director of Corp Seasonal Services, highlighted the importance of this extra service.

“In all that we do, Student Storage strives to keep The Corp’s motto of `students serving students’ thriving, and the grant is just one more way to do this,” she said.

Hoya Staff Writer Lauren Weber contributed to this report

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