Paying for Self Storage at University

Author: Category: Bills Date: 28th September, 2012

Self Storage at University

Finding a reliable storage facility during your time at university may not be high on your list of priorities, but some students out there do need to spare it a second thought. There are many situations in which you might need to think about obtaining a self storage unit – here are some of the most common ones:

  • If you’re spending a year studying abroad or just taking a year out, lugging all your possessions home can be a real pain. Instead, you can just look for a self storage facility in your university town in order to put your things there until you return. This saves a few journeys back and forth to drop you gear off with parents – it also works out cheaper than hiring a van to lug your things back and forward.
  • Parents downsizing. When you go offer to university your parents may decide to downsize the family home to a quaint one bed cottage in the country. If this happens to you, you’ll suddenly find yourself with a load of gear to store – and nowhere to put it. If you’ll still want the items when you’ve finished university you’ll need to find someone to put them – university self storage is the ideal place to put them for safe keeping.
  • You’ve got lots of stuff – or your digs are too small. Some people have no other reason for wanting self storage at university other than the fact they have too much stuff – or the room they’re renting is really small. If this sounds familiar to you, there’s no shame in getting yourself some self storage space to put your extra gear in.

Things to look for when obtaining self storage

As with any other service out there, there’s more than just one self storage company in existence. For this reason it’s important that you shop around and don’t just go with the first company that you stumble across. Here’s a list of the different things you should take into consideration when it comes to finding self storage facilities:

  • The location of the facility: There’s little point getting a self storage unit in London if you’re going to Manchester University, just because it’s cheap. Make sure the self storage facility that you use is in close proximity to your university – this means it’s easily accessible as and when you need to go and get something, or put some more things into storage.
  • The cost: Obviously the price of the storage solution you use will be important. There’s no point paying hundreds of pounds per month for a tiny lockup – make sure you shop around to find the very best prices. You may even find that it’s cheaper to get rid of the things you want to store – things like beds and furniture can be re-purchased once you’ve graduated. There’s no use buying a bed for £30 then paying several thousand pounds to store it during your studies – it just doesn’t make sense. Only store things that are worth a lot of money, or things you simply can’t get rid of.
  • Security: Most self storage facilities come with beefed up security – manned guards, CCTV, dog patrols and so on. Whilst security probably isn’t a massive issue for you – at least make sure there are some basic security systems in place just in case someone does set their sights on stealing your things.
  • Minimum contract: If you only need a short term storage solution make sure you don’t sign up with a company who enforce a minimum term of 12 months.

Self storage at university is something  a lot of students need to look into – you should find the above advice and tips helpful in your search.