Reasons why students could benefit from self-storage

Are you a student and finding it difficult to make space for your extra books and equipment? Perhaps you have taken up a hobby for when you are not studying, and your sports equipment is slowly taking over your room. Below are just some of the reasons a student can benefit from using self-storage.

Space has run out

As you look around your room, have you noticed less floor and workspace?  If so, it is time to consider having a sort out. Trying to concentrate in a cluttered environment can be difficult.  By choosing self-storage, you wont need to throw anything away, simply store it until you need the item again.

Avoid moving belongings between properties

Students tend to go back home every academic year.  Sometimes they will return to their original accommodation, whilst other times they will be moving into a new home on return.  Either way, you will want to avoid constantly moving your belongings with you.  By choosing self-storage, you will have peace of mind that your possessions are safe.

Create space for a hobby

Being a student at University is a stressful journey, and you will no doubt need an outlet.  Taking up a sport you enjoy will help take the pressure off, and give you something to do when you need a break from your books.  Some hobbies come with bulky equipment.  For example, you might enjoy kayaking.  A kayak isn’t an item you can pop in the wardrobe.  By choosing self-storage, you can safely store your equipment and take it out as and when you need it.

Keep your possessions safe

It is a strong possibility that starting University is the first time you have had to share a living space with somebody other than family.  It is not unusual to be concerned about the safety of your property.  It takes time to get to know your fellow students, and in the meantime, it would give you peace knowing your valuables are safe in self-storage.

Running an online business

Being a student can leave little time for anything else.  Some students will have a part-time job to earn extra money.  Online selling is a popular choice.  Perhaps you sell on eBay or Etsy and have crafts that you make on-demand.  Self-storage is the perfect solution to storing your stock between sales.

International students

There are over 40 higher education institutions in London, all of which have a good reputation.  It is not unusual for students to travel from other countries to study, and on occasion want to return home for their holidays.  By storing your possessions, you can avoid having to ship them home.

Cost effective storage solution

We understand that being a full-time student at University can be draining on your finances.  Flexible Storage allows students to store their possessions at reasonable prices.  Another option is to share the cost with your friends.  They will also benefit from freeing up some space.

Students who have been affected by Covid-19

2020 has been an unprecedented time for everyone.  People have been unable to work, and students have been put into lockdown all over the world.  For some students, they were fortunate enough to return home, whilst others have had to remain in their student accommodation. This has been especially difficult for students who have travelled for their studies from overseas.

If you have decided to return home temporarily, by choosing self-storage, you won’t have to worry about transporting your belongings.  They will be kept safe and secure, ready for when life starts to return to some form of normality.

Flexible Storage is located in West Thurrock.  Our storage facilities make it convenient to access belongings for students from London and the South East.

Should you require more information on how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.

How Self-Storage can benefit your business

If you are considering becoming a business owner, self-storage can be beneficial to your company for several reasons. Let’s face it space costs money. Even if you are already an established business owner, you could still benefit from self-storage. Here are some examples of why self-storage can contribute to business growth.

Office space

Many business owners choose self-storage instead of renting an office. This is especially the case when working remotely or for those who work online.  Self-storage is the perfect solution for storing equipment and even keeping paperwork safe.

Increase your stock

Keeping stock on site isn’t always an option. When you opt for self-storage, you can keep larger amounts of stock without sacrificing space. If you buy in bulk, you are less likely to have stock shortages in the future, negatively impacting your business.  

Self-storage is a competitive industry 

Because self-storage is such a competitive industry, you won’t have any problems finding one local to you. Plus, you should be able to rent one a lot less costly than if you were to rent an office. 


When you rent office space, you will likely have to sign a contract committing to renting the property for a certain length of time. 

Choosing self-storage is usually the most flexible option. Plus, it will be far more cost-effective. Most self-storage providers will allow you to change the size or your unit as and when you want to. This is great if you plan on expanding your business.  

More productive than office space

If you have extra stock, the furniture you want to keep or general equipment that you don’t need daily, self-storage is the perfect alternative to office space. Even if you do have an office, by freeing up space, you will be encouraging a more productive environment for your employees. 

Keep your belongings safe

Self-storage units are a safer option when it comes to storing your belongings. It will give you peace of mind knowing that your equipment is safely locked away. Another important factor to consider is the storage is in fire and waterproof containers, therefore preventing possible damage. 

Solution for archiving

Businesses can accumulate years of documents. Some of these are important and although not required daily, will need to be kept for future reference. By choosing self-storage, you will have peace of mind that they are safe and secure. 

Temporary storage solution for business transitions 

With most businesses, there will come a time you may need to renovate your premises, or in some cases relocate. During these times, self-storage is a functional option for temporarily storing your equipment, furniture and paperwork. 

Storage for seasonal stock 

Throughout the year your office will accumulate seasonal items. 

A prime example is Christmas decorations and perhaps unsold stock. Although you would no doubt prefer to sell the items, you may choose to store them for the following year. By choosing self-storage you will be freeing up space, whilst ensuring your stock is in a safe place. 

No business rates

Storage units are not considered an extension of your business or premises. With that said, there is no reason you can’t use it as one. When it comes to the end of year accounts, you will notice that more of your money is going into your business and less spent on taxes. By renting self-storage you won’t be increasing the value of your property, but you will benefit from the extra space. 

For more information on how we can help with your storage needs, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.