Student Self Storage Solutions
When holidays approach or you’re moving home, it can be difficult to know what to do with all your stuff. Here’s our run down of everything you need to know about student storage.
Do You Really Need Storage?
Before you go and buy self storage, you need to ask yourself: do you really need self storage? If you live in halls then you may be required to move all your belongings out of your room every holiday, but some landlords may be willing to let you leave your stuff in there while you’re at home. Talk to the landlord, and if they’re not budging, then your options are down to two: move all your belongings back to your parents’, or put it in self storage.
Moving everything to your parents’ home is preferable from a financial point of view, but it may not be feasible if your uni home is a long way away from home, or you only have a small car. If your home is miles away – or even in another country – then you’ll need self storage.
Finding a Company
Location: You might want to go with a big storage company, but if there aren’t any local to you, then it makes more sense to go with someone closer to home. Ease of access is really important when it comes to storing your belongings, and this is especially true if you don’t have a car. Some storage companies can help you organise transport to the facility.
Price: As a student, you may well be a little strapped for cash. However, many companies have deals or offers aimed specifically for students, so you’ll always be able to find something within your budget. You will usually have to pay for your own padlock, so make sure you factor this into your budget – but remember that this is an added security feature, as it ensures that you’re the only one who can access your storage room.
Security: Whether you go for a big company or a small local company, always check out their security systems first. Some, like Safestore, have different systems to make sure that your belongings are as secure as possible. Others are more lax, so it always pays to check.
Added Features: Have a look at the other things that the storage company might offer that will make your life that little bit easier.
Packing Your Items
Do try and use good quality boxes – if you can’t afford to buy any new ones, ask around in shops and supermarkets, as they might be able to give you some spares. Wrap anything that could break in bubble wrap and remember to label the boxes so you know exactly what is where.
Finally, remember to make a note of when your storage period is up so you don’t go over and end up having to fork out more.