Why all students should be using self storage
Posted: Nov 01, 2015
Being a student naturally means you have to move house fairly often. In their first year, the majority of residential students are placed into University Halls of Residence, but come the summertime, they are often not allowed to stay. Universities often use the halls for accommodation for their own conferences or events over the summer break, meaning most students will be asked to move out as soon as the term is over.
Moving everything back to Mums can be a drag. Undoubtedly you will have collected a number of things over the course of your first year, and that car load you came down with has probably expanded into two or even three loads by the time you have to move out. Not only that, but moving from halls is just the start of it. Eight to ten weeks later and you’ll just have to move it all back again.What should students do?
There are really only three options available to the student who has been given notice on their rooms for the summer.
1. Move straight to the accommodation they will be using next term
Sounds like a good idea; simply hire a van and move straight into your new student house – right? However, if you are not planning to stay in your University town for the summer holiday, then you face the prospect of paying full rent on your room while you are living somewhere else. Some landlords offer a ‘retainer’, which is basically reduced rent, but even this can work out very expensive compared to some other options. Not only that, but you are leaving your worldly possessions in an empty house for several weeks, leaving it open to theft and damage.
2. Move everything back to Mums
If you are going back to your parents’ home over the summer, you could consider moving all your stuff back with you too. But what if it doesn’t all fit in your car? Or if you don’t have a car, what about the things Dad can’t fit in his? Not only that, but in a few weeks’ time you’ll be faced with the prospect of moving it all back again, which seems a bit daft to say the least!
3. Put things in self storage
Self storage is an often overlooked facility in the student world. Storage units can be as small as a locker or as big as a warehouse, and are generally a lot cheaper than you might think. You can choose to just store your textbooks in the unit, or you can store everything for your room.. Many companies who have storage facilities in university towns already realise the benefits storage can bring to a student’s summer, and therefore offer discounted rates for them around this time of year.If you’re a student faced with the prospect of clearing out of your accommodation for the summer, and don’t know what to do, then do investigate the self-storage london options around your university. Storing your stuff makes sense financially, practically and will keep everything safe for the summer. If you don't have access to a car or van to move your belongings remember that some storage companies do collection and delivery for you.
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