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How to choose a self storage company for students

Jun 22. 2015

Self storage is an amazing option for students who need somewhere secure to store their items for a few months whilst they are out of term time. But what should you look for? Here at Burke Bros we offer all kinds of removals and storage solutions, that is why we have composed a short guide on what you need to consider to choose your self storage company as a student.

As many students at university and college know, there may be different policies on moving out in the summer and landlords will have different rules on storing items over summer. For example, if you live in halls you may be required to move out before your new tenancy agreement begins in September.

Although you may have the opportunity to take things back home to your parent’s house or your own home this may not be possible for everyone, most notably international students or those living far from home. This may be good time to consider using secure self storage to keep your goods safe out of term time.

When choosing self access storage make sure they have secure premises and the rooms they offer are clean and dry. They may have services such as CCTV and padlocks in place with your own key to ensure you are the only one with access to your goods.

Self storage is an excellent way to store your items, and depending on the amount of goods you wish to store many have smaller rooms perfect for those who are likely to have a low volume.

It may be wise to think of self storage companies that are as local as possible to you which makes accessing your goods easy and transporting them to your new accommodation easy at the start of term.

The prices for self storage can vary and will be more expensive with different companies, so it is important to shop around a few companies to find the best deal. Many companies, such as Burke Bros, offer discounts for students and it may be even cheaper if you have friends who you can store your items with and you can split the costs.

Most companies will be able to recommend a service for you to transport your goods cheaply straight from your door to the storage location. Many self storage companies will also have boxes and packaging materials available to buy for your items.

Now you have chosen where you want to store, you are ready to pack your items and decide which items you want to store, and for how long you wish to store them. Using more space will obviously cost more money as will storing items for longer. Self storage companies can be quite flexible in their contracts and many will have a short notice period for when you are coming out of store completely.

Don’t just consider secure self storage for your own personal household goods, if you or anyone you know is considering running their own small business to earn extra money whilst they are at university and require extra room, self storage could be perfect for you too!

Finally, as a student you will be used to budgeting and managing your finances, it is important to remember you are entering a contract when using a self storage and missing payment may lead to extra fees and even your items being held.

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