The new university year is nearly upon us, and with it comes all the packing, organising and moving – then before you know it, you’ll be moving all that stuff again when you come home for the holidays. Sometimes for students, it feels like the packing and moving never ends. Student storage is a great way to help mitigate the stress of constantly moving your belongings up and down the country. Today we’re going to look at everything students need to know about packing, moving, and storing their things whilst at university.
Why is Student Storage Important?
Whether you live in university halls or in privately owned accommodation, space for students is hard to come by. It’s unlikely that you’ll have much storage space outside of your student bedroom, and as for the bedroom you’re leaving behind at home – your parents may have other plans for it. With you out of the picture, they might finally follow through on those grand plans to turn it into a home office or a gym – so don’t count on your room being in the same state you left it when you go home for Christmas!
Many students are required to completely vacate their rooms in between term times; others may be welcome to leave their belongings in their university room but would feel more comfortable knowing it was being housed somewhere safe and secure. Or maybe they just can’t be bothered with the hassle of shifting all their things up and down the country. It doesn’t matter the reason – self-storage is a fantastic solution for students who need somewhere to keep their belongings.
How Does Self-Storage Work?
So what is student self-storage? Self-storage involves renting a space, usually within a secure, purpose-built storage facility, where you can keep your personal belongings either on a short or long-term basis. Storage rooms typically come in various sizes for you to choose from to ensure you’re not paying for more space than you need.
When you rent storage space, that space is exclusively yours for the length of the agreement – you’ll be the only person who has access to your storage unit. During your rental period, you can come and go from your unit as you please during the facilities opening hours – with some self-storage operators offering 24-hour access.
If you choose to use Smart Storage, not only will you be paying low rates specifically tailored towards students, you don’t even have to visit us to arrange your storage unit before you’re ready to drop your belongings off. You can do it all from your computer with our online check-in, which allows you to:
- Select the type of storage you require
- Choose your storage centre location
- Choose the size of your storage unit – you can use our handy space calculator to help with this
- Send us your details for unit registration
- Receive your quote
Once you’ve booked your student storage online, all you need to do is pack up everything you want to put into storage and bring it to the unit on your moving in day. If you’ve a lot of stuff to store and no way to transport it to the unit yourself – Smart Storage have free van hire, subject to availability.
Tips for Student Packing, Moving and Storage
You’ll likely do a lot of packing and moving as a student. This might seem daunting, but there are things you can do to speed up the process and get it down to an art. Here are Smart Storage’s top tips for student packing and storage:
- Make a list of all the things you want to take to university with you, bring back home with you during the holidays, and what can be put in storage. Keep this list safe – and reference it every time you’re packing to speed things up each time.
- Ensure you have enough cardboard boxes, tape and packing materials to safely pack all your belongings without damaging them. Think you’re going to need some boxes? You can purchase everything you could ever need for swift and safe packing from our box shop.
- Vacuum pack soft items that would otherwise take up a lot of space despite being lightweight – think duvets, pillows, dressing gowns and towels. Whether you’re putting it in your storage unit or in the car to take home with you – you’ll save an awful lot of space.
- Make sure you write on your boxes what each one contains – this way, you’ll avoid having to root through them all when you’re looking for a particular item.
- If you have decided to put some of your belongings in a self-storage unit, make sure you’ve arranged insurance and checked with your self-storage provider to see if you need to purchase a padlock to secure your unit.
Why Choose Smart Storage?
Smart storage is perfect for students studying or living in North West England. Our flexible approach to unit sizes means you’ll never be paying for more space than you really need. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a locker or a 200 square ft room; Smart Storage has storage units to suit all needs. If cost is a concern for you – Smart Storage units start from as little as £8 per week, and we offer a price match guarantee. If you can find self-storage in the local area cheaper than we quote, we’ll match it. Smart Storage operates under a flat-rate pricing system, so there are no nasty surprises or hidden costs.
We hope our little guide answered all your questions about student storage. If you’re a student looking for student storage in Liverpool, Wirral, Widnes, Preston, Warrington, or Altringham, get in touch with us today.