Storage for Students: Simplifying University Moves & Semesters Abroad

November 14, 2023

Storage for Students: Simplifying University Moves & Semesters Abroad

Student life brings with it a lot of moving and with that comes an increased need for storage for students. There are many factors that play into this increasing need and here we are going to talk through them and discuss how self-storage would be an excellent solution. 

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The Need for Student Storage Solutions

There are many different factors that can add to a student’s need to find professional storage. Here we will discuss some of the things that add to the need for storage for students. 

Limited Dormitory Space

Student accommodation can be small, giving students limited amounts of storage space. In 2019, the average student dorm room was 20.6 metres and in London, they are just 19.2 metres. 

Adding to this, you have to factor in that most student accommodation has some form of communal living. This can add challenges to how you manage and look after your personal belongings. 

Transitioning Between Semesters and Accommodations

Student life brings a lot of moving – moving back home during the long breaks, and moving to different accommodations in your second and third year. Moving is a hassle and a great deal of people find it extremely stressful. 

Constant moves throughout the years will also make it difficult to manage all your items and belongings. 

Semesters Abroad and Exchange Programs

A need for storage for students can arise if you decide to do a semester abroad or to take part in an exchange program. Temporary relocations can lead to you facing the conundrum of deciding what is best to do with your belongings. 

There is the option to take your belongings home to your parent’s house but, depending on where they are in relation to your university and how long you will be away, this could lead to extra hassle. Storage for students could be a much more convenient solution. 

Key Benefits of Storage for Students

Maximising Living Space

One of the key benefits of using storage for students is that it will allow you to maximise your living space. It will help you to keep your student accommodation clutter free which will be a much more conducive study environment. 

Research has shown that clutter can lead to us feeling overwhelmed, stressed and disorganised which can hinder our ability to focus on work and studies. 

Flexibility and Ease

Using storage for students will allow you to maximise your living space whilst giving you storage that you can access when you need to. Within many of our facilities, we have extended opening hours which allows our customers to access when they need to, even if this is outside office hours. Please check our website to see if your local store has extended opening hours. 

Flexible contracts are also a big plus when it comes to storage for students as they allow you to tailor your storage around your academic calendar. All of our storage solutions come with flexible rental contracts, allowing your storage to work with you and your needs.  

Security and Assurance

Professional storage facilities are all fitted with a high level of security in order to keep all their customer’s belongings safe and secure. 

Our storage facilities are all equipped with 24/7 CCTV and each unit is fitted with an intruder alarm and smoke and fire detectors. If you were to use our storage for students, you could rest assured that your belongings will be fully protected during your breaks or during your travels. 


Using storage for students would prove to be more cost-effective as you would not have to transport all your items to and from your parent’s house during your long summer break. 

Depending on how much furniture and belongings you have within your student home, you may need to hire a van in order to get to and from your parent’s home, which could prove to be costly. Using storage for students could save you money, in the long run. 

Simplified Moves and Transitions

Along with saving you some money, using storage for students could also save you a lot of time and effort as you will not have to move all your stuff multiple times in one year. 

Moving is also very stressful so by simplifying your moves and transitions through the use of storage, you will prevent yourself from feeling the stress and overwhelm that comes with moving. 

Choosing the Right Student Storage Solution

Choosing the right student storage is very important. You have to think about certain factors before you sign any rental agreements. 

Size and Type of Storage Units

First, you must decide what size and type of storage unit you will need. Most storage facilities will have units which come in a variety of sizes and it is important to pick one in which there will be no wasted space. If you aren’t sure, give the store a call and explain what you want to store. Anyone who works in self-storage should be able to guide you to your perfect unit. 

All of our teams are experts in self-storage and will be happy to talk you through your storage options. 

Location and Accessibility

Location is very important when it comes to choosing your storage for students. It will be very advantageous to choose a facility that is close to your student accommodation. This will allow you to visit your unit periodically in order to check all your belongings. 

Depending on when you will be wanting to access your unit, you may want to see what the storage facility’s access hours are and if they have any extended opening hours, outside of regular office hours. Some of our facilities have extended opening hours in order to accommodate our customers. Please head to our website to see if your local facility has these extended hours. 

Storage Contract Length 

You will also want to think about how long you will need your unit. Within many storage facilities, you will find flexible rental contracts which allow you to change your unit if and when you need to. They often also allow you to leave your contract earlier than you first thought but you will need to check with the storage facility to know their full terms. 

At Cinch Self Storage, you are free to change your unit if/when you need to. You will need to chat with the team at your store and they will work to make this happen for you as quickly as possible, the time frame being dependent on what units we have available and when others are coming available.

With our storage for students, you are also free to leave before your rental period ends. We just need 14 days notice and you will be refunded for any unused days. 


There are multiple benefits to using storage for students. Using it will allow you to maximise your student accommodation, allowing you to fully focus on your studies and get the most out of your university education. 

You will also have peace of mind that all your belongings are safe and secure as professional storage facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art security systems. 

Storage for students also gives you a convenient way to handle moves back home during the long university breaks or if you decide to do a semester abroad. 

If you would like to know more about our storage for students, please head to our website to find your local store. 

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