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Contact-Free Student Storage Units Give College Parents Peace of Mind

The University of Tennessee is one of the many colleges and universities that made a quick pivot to slow the spread of COVID-19 by offering their classes online. Whether you’re a UT student or faculty member who was fortunate enough to get home while it was still safe to travel or are sheltering-in-pace in your dorm room, we hope that everyone remains safe, healthy, and strong.

Students were excited to hear when the University of Tennessee recently announced a three-phased plan to bring faculty and staff back to campus beginning May 11. It seems things are moving in the right direction. Moreover, the University has identified a task force to make recommendations on when students will be able to return to campus in the Fall. 

We understand that besides moving in or out of dorm rooms and taking online finals, students have been thinking alot about graduation too. While college graduation is an important milestone, it will look different for everyone this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. And, the awesome University of Tennessee students recognize the need to postpone in-person graduation ceremonies for safety. Gratefully, UT will recognize graduates and their outstanding achievements over the next few weeks via online commencement celebrations

In the meantime, and in case you’re in need of temporary storage solutions during these unprecedented times, the compassionate and caring teams at Metro Self Storage are here to help. 


Here at Metro, we are encouraging everyone to rent their storage units online through our mobile-friendly website to practice social distancing protocols. Here are just a few of the features at our Tennessee storage locations in Knoxville and Alcoa:

Our Knoxville storage facilities include features like ground-level units with convenient drive-up access units and climate-controlled units in a wide variety of sizes. The security and safety of you and your belongings are important to us here at Metro, so all storage units are behind a well-lit, fully fenced perimeter with keypad access and 24-hour video surveillance.


To help students with this unexpected need, Metro Self Storage in Knoxville is offering special discounts, contact-free rentals, and online payment options. Keep in mind that you may need to store your stuff for several months, so factor that into your decision making. For example, Metro Self Storage frequently offers online specials and web deals.

And, with more than 45 years of storage industry experience, you can count on Metro to offer excellent customer service with professionally trained storage counselors on hand available to help guide you through the contact-free student storage rental process and answer all of your questions.


You’ve probably heard this before but the first step of moving out of your dorm room is to declutter. Professional organizers everywhere recommend taking this step if you really want to keep your storage costs low. Less stuff means you’ll have an easier job of packing, loading and transporting your dorm room belongings. It really is okay to let go of anything that you don’t need in the foreseeable future – whether it’s sorting through old clothes you no longer wear, turning in university textbooks back to the library, or donating the extra college sports and hobby gear left behind by your roommates.

Keep in mind,  you have your whole life ahead of you to acquire things, so now is the time to live light and free. And yes, we will be able to travel again. 


Once your all packed all that’s left is getting your stuff to your nearby Knoxville storage facility. Moreover, should you be back at home, Metro Self Storage has multiple locations in more than 14 states! Many facilities are newly constructed and all have professional and friendly storage teams who are experienced with helping people through some of life’s toughest transitions.

Another useful tip to keep track of your student storage is to snap a photo of your paperwork, then either give it to your parents to keep in their filing system or in a place where you can find it easily in the future. Another handy trick is to cc yourself on all emails about your storage rental with a subject line that says “Storage.” 

Remember to save your local Metro store number along with the (888) GO-METRO (888-466-3876) in your phone contacts.


Some universities are allowing students to visit their dorm to collect their belongings only during specific pick-up times. Other schools continue to allow students to continue to live in their dorms while following COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing, washing hands frequently, and wearing a protective face mask.  

One more note about safety: In these uncertain times, it’s crucial to avoid the temptation of hugging your friends. While your friend group may feel safe or maybe even think you’ve already had the Coronavirus, you never know who your friends are going home to – an elderly grandparent or maybe a sibling with an underlying health condition. So keep in mind, air hugs all around!

Rent or Reserve student storage near the University of Tennessee online by clicking the links below today!


As we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, we continue to follow updates and guidelines suggested by the CDC, Health Department, and other appropriate agencies. Learn more here.

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