What is the cheapest way to move to college?

Moving to college on a budget

A college dorm or apartment may be small, but you can still fill it with all the amenities that make it feel like home. From clothing and bedding to a mini fridge and your favorite chair, having familiar items will make your space more comfortable. But how will you get everything there? If you’re driving to campus, it’s possible to pack everything in the car and hit the road. But what if there’s more stuff than will fit in the car? Or what if you’re not taking one? Explore alternative options for shipping stuff to college and compare prices so you can find the cheapest solution.

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Ways to ship stuff to college cheap

Smaller shipments may seem like they should be cheapest to move, but that’s not always the case. For example, rental trucks require paying for the entire truck, fuel and liability coverage. So if the truck is only halfway full of stuff, it may not be the most cost-effective option. You could use a parcel service if there’s only a few items, but that can get pricey because rates are based on size and weight.

The easiest, most affordable option is a service like U-Pack®. The biggest plus is that you don’t have to drive. And since you only pay for the space you use, there’s no wasted space (like in a half-full rental truck). U-Pack rates include liability coverage and fuel, so it’s often cheaper than other DIY moving options.

U-Pack college moving services

Most U-Pack student moves utilize ReloCube containers. They’re 6’ x 7’ x 8’ metal containers that fit into a standard parking space (ideal for areas like dorms or apartments that have limited parking). Each Cube holds the contents of a studio apartment or dorm room. U-Pack brings the containers to your home, and we give you three business days to load. We drive it to the destination and you have three business days to unload.
No picking up, driving or parking moving equipment. It’s the easiest way to move to college, and since rates include delivery, transportation, fuel and liability coverage, it’s also one of the cheapest moving solutions. Get a free moving quote to see how much it will cost to move to campus with U-Pack.


U-Pack offers simple storage in conjunction with a move. We can store your belongings at one of our service centers, right in the same container you loaded them in and then move them wherever you need. This no-transfer storage is easy since you don’t have to move items into a truck, then into a storage unit and back again. Discuss storage options with a moving consultant at 844-362-5303844-594-3077.

Shipping stuff home from college

U-Pack can also move your belongings from campus back home or to a new home after graduation!

Ways to save

There are a few ways to make a U-Pack move even cheaper:

  • Ask for a student discount. U-Pack offers student discounts — just let us know.
  • Load or unload at a service center. The cheapest move with U-Pack is one where you load or unload (or both) at a local service center. While it’s a little more work, it has the lowest prices. And with a small move like one to college, it’s pretty easy.
  • Reserve online. Save $25 for booking online.
  • Change the move date, if possible. Check with the Residence Life office to find out which days are available to move in. If the dates are flexible, choosing a different day can sometimes impact the price as certain times have higher demand and higher rates. A U-Pack moving consultant can help you find the most reasonable date during your timeframe.

Get a quote for shipping to a college dorm

Check rates online or call us at 844-362-5303844-594-3077. If you get a quote for the moving trailer and want to switch to ReloCube containers, email changequote@upack.com. We’ll be happy to look into change the equipment on the quote.