U-Haul is offering 30-day storage for free to college students who have to suddenly move out because of the coronavirus outbreak, the company announced.
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With the coronavirus pandemic forcing colleges and universities to cancel classes, U-Haul is stepping in to help students who suddenly have to move out of their dorms.

The moving storage company is offering 30-day free self-storage to students with college IDs, U-Haul said this week.

“We don’t know how every student is affected. But we know they are affected,” U-Haul President John Taylor said on the company’s website. “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.”

Colleges like Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Berea College and Cornell University have asked students to vacate their on-campus housing for the rest of the semester. That’s left students scrambling to find last-minute housing, storage and transportation.

“The 30 days free self-storage offer is typically extended to communities impacted by a natural disaster,” U-Haul said. “This marks the first time U-Haul has extended the offer Company-wide.”

The US has reported 1,680 cases of coronavirus in 47 states and the District of Columbia, with at least 41 deaths.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story included information on how students can reserve a U-Haul truck or trailer, and how orders made through Collegeboxes will be shipped for free. The story implied that those are new services, but they are standard procedures. The story has been updated.