Embarking on a gap year should be one of the most exciting times in a student’s life but the stress of preparing for it can often be overwhelming. Months of accumulated study materials and belongings quickly build up and pose a big problem when the time comes to move on. The solution may not be as simple as leaving your belongings in a friend’s flat or moving them back to your parents’ house as you might have done over the summer break. A year is a long time for your parents or friends to store your worldly possessions and the cost of shipping them back across the country can often be exorbitant.
Self-storage is the best solution for many students planning a gap year, as it is both flexible and affordable. It offers the safest and most flexible alternative to transporting your belongings to friends and relatives in far-flung parts of the country. If you are keen to explore how self-storage can provide maximum convenience while you traverse the globe, this article will outline the specific benefits of using self-storage as a gap year student.
Studying at university can be a testing time for many students, not least when it comes to money. The added financial pressures of a gap year can often exacerbate this problem, which is why it is so important to manage your belongings affordably. When you consider the costs of shipping all of your personal items, the stress of moving everything back home and the inconvenience of burdening friends and family with clutter, self-storage is often the most cost-effective solution. Splitting the cost of a storage unit with friends or housemates can further reduce the cost of storing your stuff, especially if you and a friend are travelling together.
Flexibility and accessibility
Gap years come in all shapes and sizes, which means the storage demands of each individual are different. Whether you plan on volunteering overseas for the full year or you intend to travel intermittently, gap year self-storage can always cater to your time requirements. Most storage companies are flexible when it comes to storage length, with many offering longer term storage discounts. As well as flexibility, self-storage offers maximum accessibility with 24-hour access so your belongings can be accessed at any time.
Traveling for months on end can be a long time for your personal items to sit in storage. No student wants to return from a trip of a lifetime to find that all of their expensive textbooks have got damp in their parent’s loft. Self-storage offers water and fireproof units so you can rest assured that your items are in the safest possible hands.
Likewise, leaving your possessions in the care of university friends also poses its own security concerns. Most students tend to live in shared accommodation with many people coming and going at any given time. This might be great for the social scene but the security and privacy of your belongings may worry you while you’re away. Self-storage helps to put your mind at ease, as you can be sure your items are securely locked in containers under 24-hour CCTV surveillance.
Choosing to use self-storage as a gap year student means that you no longer have to clutter your parents’ house. This is not only great for familial harmony but it’s also ideal for students whose parents have opted to downsize or convert their old room into something more useful. It also helps you avoid the expense of paying rent for a flat or room you are not even using.
When you’re spending your gap year having the time of your life, the last thing you want to feel like is that you’re burdening a friend or relative in the process. Self-storage allows students to travel with peace of mind knowing their items are safe, secured and not going to cost them a fortune.
If you’re in the midst of planning a gap year and would like to know more about self-storage options, please get in touch with one of our professional storage consultants to learn more about our self-storage services and receive a tailored quote.