The Complete Guide to Student Self Storage

The Complete Guide to Student Self Storage

Students:  What to do with your stuff over the summer holidays?

 
It’s nearly the end of the year and whether it’s your first or final year at university, hopefully you’ve had an amazing time.  Balancing your studies and a social life can be challenging so you’re probably looking forward to a well-deserved break over the summer holidays; whether you’re heading back to your parents’ in the UK, in another country or going travelling yourself. 

With all of the chaos that ensues with the end of year, you probably haven’t had a chance to think about what you are going to do with all of your belongings over the school holidays.  It’s amazing how quickly you start to accumulate stuff, even if you’re limited to one room in halls of residence. 
Car packed for UniWhen it comes to moving home bringing all of your stuff back at once can be a daunting experience.  More to the point, if you’re returning in a few months it doesn’t make much sense to pack up everything you own and haul it back to the family home, only to do the return journey in a few months’ time!
getaquote.JPGAlthough it might be the cheapest option to move everything to your parents it may not be the most sensible or convenient option for everyone. 
 

Do you really need storage?

The first thing you may want to check before deciding on storage is whether or not you will need to move all of your belongings out of your room every year.  If you’re renting privately, check with the landlord to see if they are willing for you to leave your stuff in the house while you’re at home.  Do bear in mind that some landlords may rent properties over the summer so it’s ideal to check this before deciding to leave your personal belongings behind.

If you cannot leave your stuff behind and don’t have any suitable options when it comes to safely storing your belongings, don’t feel that the only solution is to take everything home with you.

There is a better way!
 

Self Storage May be the Answer

Self storage will allow to securely store your belongings over the summer; simply pack up your belongings, take them to a local storage facility, put them in storage, lock the unit and forget about them till September.  More importantly, start enjoying your summer.

You will find hundreds of self storage facilities dotted around the country - Safestore has over 100 stores nationally so there is a very good chance there will be one near your university.  We have stores in major Uni towns such as Southampton, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester and over 40 stores in London.

Location is the most important thing so opt for one that is close to your accommodation for the following year, otherwise it will defeat the purpose if you have to transport your items a distance.

As a student, you may well be a little strapped for cash however many companies have deals or offers specifically for students, so you’ll always be able to find something within your budget. Safestore offers a 50% off on your first 8 weeks which would cover a reasonable portion of your summer holidays.

To give an idea of pricing, costs start from*…
Location 50% discount for 8 weeks Thereafter
Southampton £5.38 p/w £10.75 p/w
Manchester £7.37 p/w £15.75 p/w
Cardiff £5.38 p/w £10.75 p/w

*prices can vary depending on which store you select in the area and are subject to change.
 

Additional Costs


The only other additional costs that you will need to budget for is a padlock and insurance (available from as little as £3.10 a week) in the very unlikely event that something happens.  If you are worried about leaving your more valuable items like TVs or other electronics, Safestore units are covered by 24 hour CCTV, a sophisticated alarm system and you are the lone key holder, ensuring that you’re the only one who can access your storage room.
 

The size of the room will vary depending on how much stuff you have but most students find a 10sq ft., 16sq ft. or a 25sq ft. more than ample.  To keep the cost down you could also opt to share a unit with friends. 
Storage Cages for Student StorageWe also offer ‘cages’ which are popular amongst students, they will fit up to the equivalent of 7 boxes, are padlocked but kept in a communal area.  For added security, access can only be gained with a member of Safestore present.
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If you have any questions about our student storage offering please do leave us a comment or you call one of friendly storage consultants on 0800 444 800 and they will be more than happy to help.  Have a great summer and all the best next year.

 

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