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Graduate to a Successful College Move-Out with These Rental Tips

Whether this is your first time moving out of college, or you’ve mastered the art of the end-of-semester haul-out, let the experts at Penske Truck Rental be the first to recommend some tips and tricks for a successful moving experience.

Rent a Truck

First things first, you can’t transport your belongings without a vehicle. Instead of taking multiple trips with multiple vehicles, consider a Penske Truck Rental (click the link to request a quote) to help streamline the moving process.

Students get special discounts on truck rentals, and the earlier you make the reservation, the better the chances that your selected vehicle will be available when you need it.

We also offer guidance on planning your move and selecting the right truck, so all you have to decide is what you’re taking with you, and what you’re donating or throwing away.

Start packing—Yesterday

Starting now, pack up anything you won’t be using for the remainder of the semester, such as winter clothes, shoes and accessories, room décor, last semester’s books and materials, etc.

The sooner you order packing supplies, the quicker you can get started on packing up items you don‘t currently need to lessen the burden of packing at the end of the semester.

Make the Most of Self-Storage

Whether you’re moving out until next semester, or graduating and moving out for good, self-storage might be a solid option to ease some of your moving stress.

Moving For Now

If you’re moving out in the spring to return in the fall, you might consider storing items at a facility near your college or university for easier access at the start of the new semester.

Moving For Good

Moving after graduation come with its own set of difficulties. For one, you can’t leave anything behind.

Whether you’re moving back to your hometown, or finding a new abode in a new city, it may be wise to search out storage facilities in your area while you’re in between places.


There’s that old saying about your trash being someone else’s treasure, and that also applies to your old dorm décor, clothing, books and more.

Local individuals could probably use your old stuff, so consider donating to a local shelter, donation center or consignment shop, which will also lighten your moving load.

Important considerations:

Coverage – We recommend looking into our insurance coverage options to make sure you’re covered on the road.

24/7 Roadside Assistance – Contact our roadside assistance team if you meet any trouble on your journey.

Have additional questions that weren’t answered here? Call 1-888-996-5415 to speak with a Penske expert, contact us via live chat or fill out our contact form here.