With growing reports of dorm-dwelling college students being displaced by closing campuses around the country in light of COVID-19, companies like U-Haul and Two Men and a Truck are offering free storage for 30 days in an effort to help.
U-Haul is giving 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul owned and operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities, a press release states.
“The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited time offer, subject to availability,” states the release.
Typically a practice utilized during natural disasters, this is the first time U-Haul has extended this offer companywide.
“We don’t know how every student is affected,” President JT Taylor said, “but we know they are affected. 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.”
Those interested can visit uhaul.com or call (800) GO-UHAUL.
Moving company Two Men and a Truck also is helping those displaced.
“We started by advertising this to college students,” Kansas City franchisee Curtis Newman said. “But as this (pandemic) goes on, anyone who falls into hardship due to the coronavirus is welcome to use a storage unit for 30 days free. ... It is not just for students.”
Newman said a storage facility with available units is located near Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums, off East 47th Street in Kansas City.
Those interested in using the Two Men and a Truck facility can go online or call 393-0441 to work up an estimate on the size unit they’ll need.