In June 2017, Trove surveyed over three hundred self storage unit rental facilities across the Bay Area to gather data on storage unit prices.
By storage unit size, here’s what the average storage unit rent is for in the the greater San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose metropolitan area.
Storage unit price varies based on a few factors:
Access – Storage units with drive-up access, located near an elevator or on a lower floor tend to be more expensive because they’re easier to load and unload from. Additionally, some facilities offer 24/7 access while others only allow access during business hours.
Amenities – There’s a variety of amenities that a higher-end storage facility may offer. Depending on your needs, storage units with climate control or surveillance tend to cost more. Additionally, some storage facilities will help you move in by offering complimentary truck rental.
Seasonality – Demand is highest in the summertime. Many self storage locations are nearing capacity during this time, so prices tend to be higher in the summer.
Location – Locations in city centers or near highways tend to be both, convenient and expensive. In the Bay Area, San Francisco and Marin tend to be the most expensive areas. Many locations in East Bay, such as Newark or Fremont tend to be cheaper.
Another important consideration when shopping for storage is rate increases. Unlike apartment rentals, there’s no rent control for storage units so many tenants see their rates raised significantly over time.
Not all storage unit facilities had prices advertised or availability. This data only covers available units that we found advertised online or by phone.