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Apartment Moving Guide: Studio

Posted: August 10, 2022
Three friends unload a moving truck outside of their apartment's loading area.

Typically, the smaller the move the easier it will be to pull off. Make your studio move even easier when you know you are renting the right equipment and purchasing the right amount of moving boxes and supplies.

Actually moving a larger apartment? Check out our guides for one and two-bedroom moves.

What size truck do I need to move a studio?

U-Haul recommends renting a 10’ft truck when moving a studio apartment.

If you don’t have a lot of large or bulky pieces of furniture you might be able to get away with renting a cargo van. Keep in mind, U-Haul cargo van rentals can only be used for in-town moves.

How many U-Box moving containers do I need for a studio?

You will likely only need to rent just one U-Box moving and storage container to move your studio apartment.

Each U-Box container has a capacity of 257 cubic ft and can hold about a room and a half of furniture and belongings, making it just the right size to move a studio.

How many moving boxes do I need for a studio?

To pack up everything in a typical studio apartment, you will need around 10 small boxes and 15 medium boxes.

Specialty boxes can make a difference even for the smallest move. Consider picking up a dish saver kit or wardrobe box. If you are moving a flat screen TV and didn’t keep the original box, you’ll definitely want to grab a TV box.

If you decide to get your boxes from U-Haul, don’t worry if you think you might be buying too many because they offer returns for any unused box when you keep the receipt.

What moving supplies do I need for a studio?

U-Haul offers moving kits with just the right amount of boxes and supplies you’ll need to move a studio apartment. You can even adjust the quantity for each product depending on how much stuff you need to move.

What we recommend:

If you decide to rent a U-Box moving and storage container, each container actually comes with 2 dozen complimentary rental moving pads.

How long does it take to move a studio?

A two-person Moving Help crew can move a studio apartment in just under two hours.

Be sure to add an hour of time for each flight of stairs your crew will have to climb. Additionally, keep drivetime in mind when you’re choosing how many hours to reserve. This will only apply if you are using the same crew for both locations.

If the distance between your unit and where you can park your moving truck is over 20ft, but under 50ft, try adding an extra hour of time. If the walking distance is over 50ft, you might need to add 2 additional hours.

Especially when moving a studio apartment, make sure you aren’t overbooking. You can always add more hours to a Moving Help reservation, but you cannot remove hours if your move is already underway.