If you’re planning on transferring Universities, there are a lot of things to consider. One of the most important things you’ll need to think about is where to store all your valuables and belongings when making the move.
Whether you’re moving across the country or just across town, it can be difficult to transport all of your things to your new location. Luckily, this is where self storage can come in handy!
Throughout this article, we’ll discuss why self storage is a great asset when transferring Universities.
Benefits of Using Self Storage for University Transfers
Moving to a new University can be an exciting yet stressful time. One of the ways to make the whole process easier is by utilising self storage facilities.
Here are some benefits of using self storage when transferring University:
Self storage facilities are an affordable option for students who need to store their belongings, whether it be temporarily or long term. The price will be determined by the size of the unit they require and for how long.
Instead of paying more for a bigger rental property with more storage space, you can store your items in a self storage unit for a fraction of the cost. This can save you money over time and help make the transition to a new university much smoother.
Many self storage companies, including GTW Storage, will offer a student discount to help make costs even more affordable. For example, we offer all students 20% off their storage unit – all they require is a valid student card!
Flexibility and Accessibility
Utilising self storage units offers students greater flexibility and accessibility when it comes to storing their belongings. With self storage, you can easily access your items whenever you need them, without having to worry about logistics or transportation to your new University.
For the most part, there are no long term contracts, so if you wish to remove your things, you can do so at any time you want!
Security for Personal Belongings
Our self storage units in our Glasgow warehouse is highly secure, offering customers a level of security unmatched by most private flats or homes. Most self storage solutions, GTW Storage included, host a wealth of security measures, such as security cameras, reinforced concrete, modern locking systems, intruder alarms, and much more.
This high level of security can provide peace of mind while your valued belongings remain in self storage during your transfer to a new University.
Choosing the Right Self Storage Unit
Now you’ve decided to utilise self storage while transferring Universities, it’s important to understand which type of self storage is important for you and your specific requirements.
Here are some elements you should consider:
Size and Space Requirements
Before renting a self storage unit, consider the size and space required for your belongings. Make a list of everything you need to store and estimate the amount of space required.
Alternatively, if you communicate exactly what belongings will be stored, the storage provider will likely be able to provide you with the most suitable unit.
Location and Proximity to University
When choosing a self storage unit, consider the location and what’s best for you. If you’re moving, and wish to keep your belongings where you currently live, it’s best to choose a storage unit that’s easily accessible.
However, if you’re bringing your things with you, we recommend choosing a storage unit that’s close to your new residence to allow easy access whenever you need to access your storage.
Packing and Organising Tips for Storage Units
The emotions felt when packing and organising your belongings can be mixed and are highly dependent on what you’re storing. In some cases, it can be the most stressful part of the whole process.
To help, we’ve provided some helpful tips for packing and organising your belongings for storage:
Remember to Label
Making sure you label all your boxes correctly will help keep track of your belongings. When packing, label each box with a title or brief description of its contents, for example, ‘Plates & Bowls’ – this won’t only help you track your belongings, but will ensure you treat every box with the care it requires.
To maximise the space in your storage unit, use stackable boxes of the same size. This will help you create a stable base for stacking and prevent boxes from toppling over.
We recommend using plastic containers instead of cardboard boxes as they are more durable and much easier to carry.
Protecting Fragile Items
When packing fragile items, wrap them in bubble wrap or packing paper and label the box as “fragile.” An excellent DIY option is to use crumpled paper to fill any empty spaces in the box to prevent items from shifting during transit to the storage facility.
It’s recommended that before you seal your box, gently shake the box and if you hear anything clashing together, you may need to repack.
In summary, utilising self storage is a great strategy when transferring Universities. Whether you’re storing your belongings where you currently live or in your new city, it’s a great way to keep your valuables safe.
If you’re transferring to or from one of Glasgow’s Universities, you should consider choosing GTW Storage for your storage needs. Our friendly and dedicated team will be happy to assist with any query you may have.