Locked down: a comparison of local storage unit options

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Desirous of a blank, unadorned space to store your mini-fridges, microwaves, bookshelves, beloved textbooks and cold weather garb over summer break? The Catalyst has gathered a comprehensive list of the storage options near campus for its readers’ convenience.

U-Store-It Self Storage

8250 North Tamiami Trail


U-Store-It Self Storage has storage units ranging in size from 5’ by 5’ to 10’ by 30’.  Some of its units are climate controlled and they start at $69 a month. It asks renters to come equipped with their own lock. Its units are concrete — painted white and accented by orange doors. It is owned and operated by the Sarasota-Manatee Airport Authority.

Airport Mini Storage

455 Braden Avenue


Airport Mini Storage has three tiers of storage units — non-climate ground, non-climate standard and climate controlled. Its storage units range in size from 3’ wide by 7’ deep by 8’ high to larger ones measuring 20’ wide by 7’ deep 8’ high. Its smallest unit without climate control costs $24 a month and its largest climate controlled unit costs $101 a month. It is completely fenced and has electric gated access, nighttime security, security lighting and video surveillance. Some of its units are made of concrete block and others are segregated into individual units by walls of sheet metal.

University Self Storage

1349 West University Parkway

University self Storage


University Self  Storage has climate controlled units and specialized units that allow their renters 24 hour access. It is offering a move in special for customers of climate controlled units that includes the first month of rent at half price, a refundable deposit and a padlock. The units at University Self Storage range from 4’ by 4’ by 4’ to 8’ by 20’ by 8’ and start at $10 a month — they are white painted concrete and have blue doors.

Value Self Storage

5150 General Arnold Avenue


The units at Value Self Storage range in price from 5’ by 4’ to 10’ by 25’. Its smallest unit costs $45 a month and its largest unit costs $220 a month. The facility has 24 hour gate access, 24 hour security monitoring, climate controlled units, daily access and is fenced and lit. Its units are white concrete with white doors.

Budget Self Storage

5425 North Washington Boulevard


Budget Self Storage’s units start at $9 a month and it lets its customers decide how long they would like to rent their units — in increments of days, weeks or months. Its facility has computerized gate access, video cameras, perimeter security and climate controlled and temperature ambient temperature spaces. Its units are white concrete with gray doors.

Compass Self Storage

7750 Lockwood Ridge Road


The units at Compass Self Storage range in size from 5’ by 5’ to 10’ by 30’ and cost between $44 and $249 a month. All of its storage spaces are air conditioned, have individual alarms and have high ceilings. It has 24 hour security monitoring and it allows its renters daily access to their units. It also has a student discount. Its units are white concrete with yellow doors.

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