5 Things Students Should Consider Before Choosing a Storage Facility

Student Storage

There are a number of reasons why students find they need a storage facility. Often they are returning home at the end of term and this could be in a different country. Sometimes they are going travelling for a few months. Other times they are moving from one university to another one in a different city.

Whatever their reasons for needing a storage facility, they will find a growing number of self-storage companies offering them space. However, many of them just add students to their marketing without making any changes to their generic services.

If you are a student, here are five things you should look at before deciding which storage facility to trust with your custom.

Pricing Model

University students studying togetherIt is easy to be wowed by headline prices and this is the way many self-storage companies hook in their customers. As a student, they know you are probably looking for rock bottom prices so they will quote prices by the week (or even by the day).

Before rushing into a decision, sit on your fingers and do some real calculations. Look at space as well as cost. For example, you don’t want to pay for the use of a massive unit when your possessions are only taking up a fraction of the space.

With Space & Time, you can see the overall storage cost as you go along. It will depend on the number of boxes you need and the length of time you need the storage for. We will even refund you for unused storage time if you check out early.

Transport Arrangements

Group Of University Students Working Outside TogetherMost self-storage companies expect you to bring your items to their storage facility. Some will provide a van and driver on request but you can expect to pay a lot for the privilege.

With Space & Time Storage, you don’t need to arrange transport at all. Our mobile self-storage system is based around us coming to you. All you have to do is pack and mark up the boxes, ensure they are at ground level and we do the rest.

Of course, it is important that your chosen self-storage provider can return your items to a convenient place after storage. Space & Time have a network of drivers throughout the UK mainland and we also offer secure shipping for our international students.

Customer Approach

We are a friendly and helpful bunch here at Space & Time but that isn’t always the case in the self-storage industry. Some storage facility owners don’t realise that this process is new and daunting to many students and they will expect you to fit in with their way of doing things.

We have tried to build our service around students as much as possible. That’s why we are extremely flexible with details such as how long you want to use our storage facility for and what you want to store in it.

We will also look after you every step of the way.

Security Set Up

Be wary if you come across some real cut price deals on student self storage. There are some weird and wonderful interpretations of what counts as a storage facility. If you’re really unlucky, you could end up with your prized possessions getting soaked underneath a leaky tin roof in the middle of a field.

With Space & Time your items will be kept safe and dry and protected with CCTV and monitored alarm systems. Each item will also be entered into a database for easy location and retrieval.

Storage Facility Access

You probably won’t need to access your stored possessions but it is worth finding out the process (and the costs!) should the need arise. At Space & Time, we won’t charge you for accessing your items at our storage facility. We just ask for 24 hours notice so we can get everything ready for you.

Hopefully you now feel confident about booking some student self-storage; you can get started with Space & Time by clicking the button on our home page. If you need additional help or advice, please call us on 0161 207 1260.