5 Ways to Get Free Cloud Storage for Students

Students are turning more and more to services like Google Drive and Dropbox when sharing files and collaborating on content. Without a steady income and money being spent elsewhere, it’s hard to prioritize cloud storage for students – especially if there’s a way around this.

By Kristian Male

Published on June 25, 2018

Some school’s own learning platforms tend to stay outside of the live collaboration area. But students are still able to find new and innovative ways of collaborating on school assignments and thesis’. Many providers does offer some great plans for cloud storage for students, but it’s not always enough to go on.

Although most of these services offer a free plan, you have limited storage space on each account. For a student with low budget, here’s a couple of tips&tricks for avoiding the limitations:

1. Split storage with multiple accounts

A pretty simple tip really, if you are collaborating on a piece of content in Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. If you are on the brink of filling up the limit on your own account, try to get one of your classmates to create the document and then sharing it with you. 

If you and a couple of other students are collaborating on a project that involves more than one individual file, we recommend you to set up a folder instead of sharing individual files. This avoids the potential scenario where you won’t find one of the files when you need it.

2. Only Save Files You Want to Share or Access on Multiple Devices

Although this limits your possibility of having access to everything at all times, it might be a good idea to just drop over those files you know you need to access on more than one device. Hoarding up a number of files on your drive could make it hard to find what you actually need.

Students climbing on books in front of Correlate screen

3. Zip up Your Files to Save Space

A common trick for compressing your files, and can really help you out if you are running low on available on storage space. This could definitely optimize cloud storage for students out there. 

The problem with this though, is that you can’t really open the file after you’ve zipped it. You’ll have to unzip it again and then open it, and it doesn’t really help if you have to open the zip-file inside your cloud service. Then you’ll have to download the file to your harddrive, and then unzip it to open.

4. Create Multiple Drives with Individual Focuses

We all have multiple email accounts, simply because we need backups in case we lose the password to our primary email address. Some of us may also have received an email address from our university or college, and others may have gotten a company email address for their jobs outside of school. A nice trick is to utilize all these extra email addresses and set up multiple cloud drives that can be used for different purposes. One drive can be used to store files related to a hobby, another to use at school, and a third one for work.

Actually if you have more than one Gmail account, you already have multiple Google Drives set up. Just go to drive.google.com and use the same login credentials there as you use when logging into your Gmail account.

5. Connect clouds with Correlate

Correlate is a great way to optimize cloud storage for students on a budget. Once you’ve started to work with multiple cloud drives, you’ll eventually wind up having issues handling all the accounts at the same time. That’s where Correlate comes in and helps you out. Sign up for a free account at correlate.com, connect up to three cloud drives and search, find and bookmark files from every single account in one simple-to-use tool.

6. Acquire more free space

There’s plenty of other ways to acquire more storage space directly from the provider. Here’s a couple of examples:

  • Recommend the service to friends
  • ‘Like’ the platform’s Facebook page
  • Providing feedback about the storage provider

All these tiny tasks that the provider encourages you to do can help you receive a ton of free storage, without costing you anything more than a couple of minutes. Have a look at the provider’s own websites and see what you can do to get some extra free cloud storage out of them.

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