How much does self storage cost?
Self storage units are used for keeping all sorts of things safe: from spare clothes and furniture to business stock and equipment. The size of units
varies considerably, from small units ideal for stashing your camping gear or Christmas decorations, to warehouse-sized units. It’s undeniably convenient to have use of a self storage unit, but how viable it is ultimately depends on how much it costs and what, if any, alternative solutions are available.
So how much does a self storage unit cost?
The price of our units depends on the amount of things you have to store, how long you will be storing and the replacement value in the unlikely event that something happens whilst it's in storage. The closer you are to major cities (e.g. self storage in London
), where real estate and running costs are more expensive, you will find that storage prices will reflect this.
||Per square foot per year*
|UK (Nationwide Average)
|West Midlands & Wales
|Yorkshire & Humber
|East of England
|*Not including Vat & Insurance
The quickest way to find out how much a self storage unit will cost is to get a no-obligation quote above. You can select the size of your unit (our video guides
can help you to visualise how much space you’ll need) and the store location
that is most convenient to you.
As a rough guide, according to data from the SSA (Self Storage Association) UK annual industry report
, the average rental cost of self storage is £23.11 per square foot per year.
Do bear in mind this is a national average and can vary substantially depending on where the facility is located and the value quoted, by the SSA, is the base rate which does not include things such as VAT and insurance.
What does the price include?
Depending on the store you choose, the price of your unit may
- Staff on site to accept deliveries on your behalf
- 24 hour access*
- Sole access to the unit
- Free use of trolleys to load and unload
- Free use of forklifts
- Forklift service*
- 24-hour CCTV
- Undercover loading bays
- Free onsite parking*
*Not all stores offer all of these services.
Keep an eye out for special offers
We offer a minimum of 20% off discount for long-term stays (minimum 12 month stay), some stores offer up to 40%, or for certain groups such as armed service members or NHS staff. We also offer 50% off for the first 8 weeks for new customers.
How much does it cost to store furniture?
Excess furniture is commonly stored in self storage units (rather than at home or in a garage) because of its bulk and the need to keep it dry. You might choose to use self storage for furniture
if you are:
- moving house and need to store furniture temporarily;
- redecorating or renovating and want to keep furniture safe and clean;
- downsizing and want to keep your furniture for your children or grandchildren;
- moving in with a new partner and have duplicate items of furniture.
Furniture is stored in exactly the same way as anything else with us. It will be kept in an indoor unit where it will be clean, dry and safe and protected from the elements. The cost will depend on how much furniture you need to store.
What size self storage unit do you need to store furniture?
Our handy video guides
can help you to decide how big your unit will need to be, or we have helpful, experienced staff on hand at our stores, on the phone and online who can talk you through any questions you may have and offer advice. Remember that you can always increase or decrease the size of your unit whenever you need, so if you find that you need a bit more space or if you find room for some of your furniture elsewhere then you can always have more or less space.
As a rough guide, one of our 10 sq ft lockers would be ideal for student storage: your bedding, luggage and books will fit nicely and be kept safe during the holidays. A 75 sq ft room would accommodate the contents of a small 1-2 bedroom flat, including:
- your living room suite;
- dining room table and chairs;
- kitchen white goods;
- bedroom furniture including beds, wardrobes and chests of drawers
- several boxes of items like soft furnishings, clothes, books etc.
The larger your home and more furniture you have, the larger the unit you’ll need feel free to speak with our staff who can use their knowledge and experience of our units to help you choose the right unit.
Our Lowest Price Guarantee
We are pleased to offer a Lowest Price Guarantee*, ensuring that your self storage costs will be as cheap as possible without compromising on quality.
Bring us a comparable quote within 28 days of moving into one of our units, and we’ll beat it by 10% for the first 8 weeks and match it for every week for the rest of your expected stay. We also promise to match any introductory offers and comparable insurance premium you may be offered elsewhere locally.
The not-so-small print
To take advantage of our Lowest Price Guarantee*, present us with details of a lower price (including VAT) from any other storage provider within 28 days of moving in. The other provider must be located within a 3-mile radius of any of our stores within the M25, or within a 5-mile radius throughout the rest of the UK. For comparison, the price you provide us with needs to be based on a 4-week stay.
This offer is available in the majority of our stores, though we regret that it is not available at some locations: for full details, please see our Lowest Price Guarantee terms
We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time, so act now to take advantage of this offer!
Additional costs for self storage
There are no hidden fees or nasty surprises on a Safestore invoice. We have clear pricing structures and will always make sure you understand what costs are involved. As well as the cost of your units, the following costs might apply but we will always tell you whether these will apply to you before you commit to renting a unit with us.
We can arrange insurance cover for the belongings that you store with us; simply choose the level of cover that you think you need, based on how much you think it would cost to replace the belongings you’re storing with us. Prices for insurance arranged via Safestore starts at just £1.55 per week per £1000 of cover required, at any of our stores nationwide.
We don’t insist that you take out the insurance that we recommend but we do require you to hold adequate insurance of your own if you don’t opt for a policy through us.
You don’t need to pay a deposit to reserve a unit at Safestore. However, when you move in you will be asked to pay the first 4 weeks in advance using a credit card.
We don’t offer our own collection/transport/removal service. However, each of our stores have relationships with different local providers and will be happy to recommend one for you if you need someone to transport your belongings.
Alternatively, you may prefer to hire a van to drive yourself, or hire a removals service, if you don’t have suitable transport of your own.
If you need bubble wrap, boxes or tape, we offer these items for sale at our stores or online
at very reasonable prices.
Securing your unit
You will need to budget for a padlock to secure your unit. We do sell padlocks in our stores for your convenience for £12.50, or you're welcome to use your own.
Alternatives to self storage units
If you are researching self storage options, it is likely that you lack space at your home or business premises to simply store your belongings yourself. Too often, possessions can be damaged or lost or stolen if stored in a garage, loft or basement. Excess belongings or business stock can also take up valuable living or working space, too. A self storage unit with Safestore is a very good alternative, but you may want to know what else is out there.
Here is a summary of the types of self storage available.
1. Indoor self storage
Sometimes known as warehouse storage, this is the type of facility offered by Safestore. Our conveniently-located stores comprise large warehouses filled with individual, secure units that are protected by CCTV and alarms. The units are locked and only you will have a key; you can access your belongings at any time during usual opening hours and 24-hour access is also available by arrangement in many of our stores.
As they are indoors, these units are protected against the elements. Units are available in a range of sizes from 10 sq ft to over 500 sq ft so can accommodate anything from a student’s belongings during the holidays to the contents of a large house or business stock and archives. Heavy or bulky items can be easily placed into ground floor units, which can be accessible to fork-lift trucks if required; shelving can be included in any size of unit to maximise the use of the space.
Ideal for storing:
2. Container storage
- Furniture and soft furnishings;
- Gardening or camping equipment;
- Student belongings during holidays;
- Business stock, equipment and archives (including for online retailers).
This type of facility is made up of large, secure metal containers that are located outdoors. They are usually unmanned and the sites are accessible to the public, though some facilities offer extra security in the form of CCTV, perimeter fencing and key-card access. As they are outdoors, the contents can be affected by extreme temperatures and condensation so are not suitable for perishable or delicate items.
Ideal for storing:
3. Collection and storage (“Box Storage”)
- Large, bulky items such as cars, gardening equipment and garden furniture;
- Plant and machinery;
- Any other large items not sensitive to changes in temperature or damp.
A relatively new concept is self storage without the need to transport your belongings to the self storage unit. You can find out more about the difference between box storage and self storage here
Box storage companies will typically supply you with boxes, simply pack your items yourself and they will the collect them for you and take them to a remote storage facility.
When you want your items back, simply request that they be returned and for a fee they will return the items to you at an arranged time. This type of storage really only works if you do not need regular access to your belongings.
Smaller items that you can pack into boxes, such as –
- Gardening equipment;
Storing items that you do not need immediate access to.
These are garage-sized facilities that are usually found within residential areas and are available for shorter long-term rent. Limited in size, these are mainly used to store smaller items.
5. Removals depositories
- Storing smaller items of low value (security is only as good as the strength of the door).
If you are moving house, your removals company may offer their own storage units, where they can store your furniture and belongings from your old house until you are ready for them to go into your new home. This may be useful if you need to decorate or renovate your new property since doing so will be much easier when the house is empty than when your belongings are all in place.
These indoor facilities are usually in large warehouses that are secure and dry, though you will not normally be able to access your belongings. The warehouses tend to be inaccessible to the public and you may be charged a fee if you need to remove any items earlier than originally planned.
- Household furniture and belongings when you are between houses;
- Combining storage with a house removal service.
Find the right type of storage for you
Which storage solution is the right one for you depends entirely on what you want to store and how easily you want to access your belongings. We offer convenient, indoor self storage in a wide range of sizes at highly competitive prices.
How to get a quote
To find a store that’s in a convenient location for your home or business, use our store finder tool
and enter your postcode, or search for your nearest town. We have nearly 120 stores nationwide, so you’re certain to find one that’s local to you, and all of our stores are located close to major road and public transport networks.
Check that your chosen store has the facilities you need (such as 24-hour access, onsite parking and staff available to accept deliveries for you) and then simply click online to reserve your unit, with no deposit to pay.
Alternatively, give us a call or complete our online contact form and one of our helpful team can guide you through the process of booking the right unit at the right price for your storage needs.