Protecting your possessions in college

When you’re getting ready to move to college, you’ll be packing up a lot of stuff, likely the pricey, portable kind: a laptop, tablet, smartphone, iPod, and gaming systems. It’s an exciting time, and you’re probably not thinking about the possibility that your stuff might get stolen or damaged at school.

But it can happen, so you may want to consider renter’s insurance to protect your possessions. I know people who’ve had things stolen from their college dorms and apartments. I personally had my dishwasher flood my college apartment. However that was 20 years ago when my electronics were pretty low-tech and tucked in special shelves and desks. I shudder to think about the costs if I’d had a laptop or iPhone sitting on that sopping wet floor.

As a student, your belongings are often covered through your parent’s homeowners insurance policy. However, any claims that are made for your belongings will have an impact on your parent’s homeowners insurance policy rates, which makes purchasing a renters insurance policy worth considering.

You’ll have plenty of things on your mind as you head off to college, so start thinking now about the best way to protect your gear when you get there.

About Caroline Hanson

Caroline is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services. Although she has been known to forget her own ZIP code, she has memorized the lyrics to every bad 1970s pop song ever written. Unfortunately, she also loves karaoke. Caroline spends her spare time at Target®. She also likes biking slowly and has participated in RAGBRAI. Caroline is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked in journalism and public relations for the past 14 years. She lives in Iowa with her husband and has a 19-year-old stepdaughter and 2-year-old son.
This entry was posted in College life and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Protecting your possessions in college

  1. Thomas says:

    Thanks for info. I have a daughter going off soon.

The Student LoanDown

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

Your questions and comments really matter to us! We're glad you want to join the conversation and connect with other readers. All we ask is that you keep some simple guidelines in mind:

  • Stay on-topic. Only comments that are related to the subject of the blog entry will be posted.
  • Be respectful. It's okay if you disagree with a post or comment, but please, no personal attacks or offensive language.
  • Maintain your privacy and confidentiality.Please do not provide any of your specific account details or other personal information! If you have immediate service needs, please contact your bank representative or Customer Service.
  • Wells Fargo team members: In the interest of full disclosure, if you are a current employee of or are associated with Wells Fargo, please make note of your affiliation.