Student’s guide to self-storage

self storage for studentsWhen summer approaches and you have to move from one house to another there are a lot of hidden problems involved. Some students will come across the problem of having to store their items over night or over the whole of summer.

So how do you go about using self storage? How can you get cheap self storage? Here is our low down on all you need to know about student self storage and the best self storage companies.

Who needs self storage?

The policies on moving out in the summer obviously differ from place to place and, as we can see in our property article, some landlords have rules on storing items over summer (be sure to check your contract). If you live in university halls then you may be required to move out before your new tenancy agreement begins in July.

It is a good idea to get your parents to take your things home for you but this may not be possible for everyone, most notably international students and students living far from home. At this point it would be a good idea to consider self storage.

Student discounts

Self storage can be quite expensive so it is a good idea to shop around at a wide range of companies in order to find cheap self storage. Many do offer a discount for students. If you don’t have your own boxes or a way to transport your goods to the self storage centre then there is no need to worry.

Most companies will offer or recommend a cheap van company that can transport your goods from your door straight to the storage location. What’s more, if you rent out a van by yourself then some companies may refund you the cost of the rental.

Think local

Although the big companies are attractive and offer a trusted service, sometimes it is a great idea to look for local companies. They will attempt to offer the lowest prices possible to beat the competition and may even throw in a van to come and pick up your things for free. They will be more open to haggling on the self storage price!

Get packing

Now that you know what your best options are it’s time to start getting your things ready. Make sure you know how long you will have to store them for and which items you want to store. Using more space will obviously cost more money. Make sure that you are able to find a price that suits you and shop around for the best options.

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2 Responses to “Student’s guide to self-storage”

  1. Emma Tameside

    29. Aug, 2012

    Super informative article. I’ve been looking into self-storage for various reasons, after it being recommended by a friend of mine who’s used it before. He advised me on-wards to a local self storage in Oxford which seems to do the job and meets my budget to boot! I’m really just looking more into how self-storage works and so on. I also quite like your style of writing, I don’t know how you made self-storage interesting, but you did haha!

    I would say your most important point is to think local, the bargaining ability goes way up and in way it also gives you a little bit of personal interaction with the company which I quite like.

  2. Tim

    22. Jun, 2012

    I wanted to than you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.


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