If you’ve never rented self-storage before, this post will help answer one very important question you’re sure to have: how much does a self-storage unit cost to rent each month?

Depending on where you live, the price of storage will vary considerably, but how much from state to state and city to city? We’ve got pricing for your city in the three most popular unit sizes: 5’ x 10’, 10’ x 10’ and 10 ’x 20’.

So How Much Does a Storage Unit Cost to Rent?

The cost of self-storage varies depending on your location, availability and the amount of items you plan to store. As a first step, you should decide which size unit you need. Along with the nationwide price averages for our most popular size units, we’ve included some guidelines to help you get a better idea of which size unit is the right fit for you.

Average Monthly Cost for a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit: $75.95

If you’re looking for a space to store your lawnmower and other yard equipment, a sofa and a chest of drawers that don’t have a place or your home right now, or a dozen or so boxes that you can’t seem to find a place for, a 5’ x 10’ unit is the right fit for you.

While the average price of this size unit in the U.S. comes in at $75.95, you can expect to pay more than that in metro areas like Washington, DC and Los Angeles, California. The average price for a standard unit of this size in the U.S. is $69.54 while the average for a climate controlled unit is $82.60.

Average Monthly Cost for a 10’ x 10’ Storage Unit: $122.15

Are you wondering if a 10’ x 10’ unit is the right size for you and your belongings? To give you some context, a 10’ x 10’ unit has the capacity to store furniture and the contents of a one-bedroom apartment, including a few large appliances.

The average price of a standard 10’ x 10’ storage unit in the U.S. is $111.89 and the average for a climate controlled unit comes in at $133.01.

Average Monthly Cost for a 10’ x 20’ Storage Unit: $200.50

If you have a few rooms worth of furniture and belongings to find a temporary home for, the 10’ x 20’ unit is the one for you. This size unit is designed to house the furnishings and appliances from a 2-3 bedroom home.

You can expect to pay around $180 per month for a standard 10’ x 20’ unit in the U.S. and around $222 for the same size with climate control. Similar to the other sizes, you should anticipate that monthly price to be higher in larger cities like New York City and San Francisco.

But How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Unit in California?

CITY CA 5×10 10×10 10×20
Chula Vista CA $95.00 $160.00 $250.50
Corona CA $64.00 $116.09 $178.00
Fresno CA $60.00 $87.00 $154.00
Lancaster CA $72.00 $115.00 $189.00
Long Beach CA $109.00 $172.00 $278.00
Los Angeles CA $137.00 $204.00 $356.50
Oakland CA $126.50 $181.00 $302.00
Oxnard CA $98.00 $134.00 $219.00
Rancho Cucamonga CA $74.00 $136.00 $220.00
Riverside CA $60.00 $98.00 $167.00
Sacramento CA $85.00 $143.00 $207.00
San Bernadino CA $45.63 $85.83 $174.53
San Diego CA $91.00 $143.00 $268.00
San Francisco CA $144.00 $225.50 $413.00
San Jose CA $109.00 $168.00 $301.00
Santa Ana CA $82.00 $136.00 $233.00
Santa Clarita CA $104.50 $164.00 $251.00
Santa Rosa CA $97.00 $161.00 $283.00

Now that you’re in the know on the average monthly rates for popular storage sizes, how can you ensure that you’re getting the best bang for your buck? In short, do your research before signing on the dotted line to confirm you’re getting the best rate. Once you’ve locked in your unit, use your space efficiently so as not to pay more than necessary each month.