Whether you’re a UK student in London heading back to your parent’s house between terms or an international student flying home for the summer, you’ll probably have stuff you can’t take with you.
As much as you might want to bring your entire wardrobe or book collection home, it’s just not going to be practical. So what are your options?
Leaving your possessions in your student accommodation is ideal if that’s a possibility, but what if you’re moving out? Shipping it all home is handy if you can afford it, but most cash-strapped students in London can’t. So, what’s the next best option?
Ever Considered Student Summer Self Storage?
Putting your belongings into a self storage unit doesn’t cross the minds of students, but it really should. It’s one of the easiest, safest and often cheapest alternatives to transporting unnecessary luggage from your London university across the UK or even overseas.
If you’re wondering exactly how self storage can help save you stress and money during your term and summer breaks, this post will quickly outline the many benefits of holiday self storage for London-based students.
Between terms at university, most students choose to either leave most of their possessions at their accommodation or take most of them home. However, keeping your non-essential items in self storage means that you don’t have to drag them across the country or the world when you go home at the end of term. Doing so will not only make travelling home much easier and lighter, it will also save you a lot of unnecessary stress during a time when you should be relaxing or revising.
Some international students feel that they have no choice but to ship their belongings home during summer holidays. This can not only be extremely expensive, it’s also incredibly inconvenient if you will only be sending them back to your new student accommodation at the end of summer. Self storage allows you to securely store your stuff, all for a fraction of the cost of shipping them home or renting property to keep them in over summer.
If you’re living in shared accommodation with other people – whether it’s a shared dorm or a shared house – or your uni friends have offered their house for storage, you may not feel comfortable leaving all your possessions unattended when you’re away. Those who do leave them unattended during the holidays may find themselves worrying about their security and privacy. After all, you never know who your friends or housemates might let into the house!
Self storage gives students the comfort of knowing that their possessions are completely secure in a professional storage facility while they’re away from uni. Most facilities (such as Flexible Storage) have high levels of security, with fortified containers and 24hr CCTV to provide a level of security that no student accommodation or traditional ‘lock-up’ could offer.
Less stress for parents
Self storage units for students may also prove to be beneficial for the parents of students. Without excessive luggage and clothing taking up space in their house during summer holidays, parents will be able to enjoy and appreciate these visits without having to worry about tidying up during their stay, or the costs and inconvenience of sending back forgotten goods when they leave. They may also wish to make use of storage companies themselves when their child flies the nest and leaves behind a room full of unused belongings that will only be collecting dust.
No time sensitivity
Whether you’re a domestic student planning a short home visit or an international student leaving London for several months, holiday self storage can always provide a temporary solution for the required amount of time. Most storage companies are flexible with how long people can keep items in their facilities, so there will be no need to return early to collect your belongings when a certain amount of time has elapsed. Instead, you can rest easy knowing that they are in safe keeping and ready to be picked up as and when you need them. With daily, weekly or monthly contracts, this flexibility can help keep your costs to a bare minimum, something that every London student can appreciate.
Peace of mind
Perhaps the most important benefit of summer self storage for students is that it gives you peace of mind during a particularly intense period of your lives – a time where stress and distraction is the last thing you need. When you’re hard at work revising for exams and writing dissertations, you don’t want to be worrying about the safety or transportation of your possessions. Self storage is the best way to remove these worries, quickly, easily, and at an affordable price.