Best Student Storage for International Students

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Finding the right storage solution as an international student can be challenging. Balancing cost, convenience, and security is crucial when you’re far from home. Here are a few storage options that can work for international students, each varying in price and size. While some options are better suited to different needs, we’ll guide you through the pros and cons to help you make an informed decision.

Student Self Storage

Student self storage  is a commercial solution where companies rent out space for storing your belongings. It’s popular among students for its variety and security, but there are significant drawbacks to consider:


  • Variety of different storage sizes
  • Safe and secure place to store belongings


  • Can be quite expensive
  • Requires a van to transport your items
  • Could end up paying for storage space you don’t need

Storage Containers

Traditional storage containers offer a spacious solution for storing all your belongings. However, they come with their own set of challenges.


  • Great for when you are not able to be in your university accommodation
  • Containers can fit all your belongings


  • Often too large for student’s needs, leading to wasted space and paying for more space than needed
  • Not normally close to city centres so would need a car or to hire a taxi to get to them
  • One of the more expensive storage options, typically paid per week
  • Limited access to your belongings

Garage Storage

Renting a garage can be a budget-friendly option. However, this solution has more cons than pros for international students.


  • Often cheaper than commercial self-storage


  • Not the safest or most secure option
  • Typically too large, resulting in paying for unused space
  • Accessibility issues if the garage is far from your location

University Storage

Some universities offer storage options on or near campus. While convenient, these options have their downsides.


  • Often cheaper than traditional storage
  • Conveniently located near the university


  • Highly in demand, especially during the beginning and end of university breaks
  • Limited storage space compared to traditional storage companies
  • Needs to be booked well in advance

By-the-Box Storage

By-the-box storage is an increasingly popular option among students, especially international students due to its flexibility and cost-effectiveness.


  • Cheaper than traditional storage, as you pay only for the boxes you store
  • Can store oversized items such as suitcases


  • Not suitable for storing large items, such as sofas and beds

Spaceways Student Storage

Spaceways provides an affordable and convenient student storage solution, perfect for international students. Utilising a by-the-box approach, Spaceways offers an easy-to-use service tailored to student needs.

We provide storage boxes that you can pack with your belongings. Once packed, we collect the boxes and transport them to our secure storage warehouse. When you need your belongings back, our drivers redeliver your boxes directly to your door.


Why Spaceways is ideal for international students:

  • Cost-effective: you pay only for the storage you use
  • Convenience: we handle collection and delivery
  • Security: your belongings are stored in a secure warehouse
  • Flexible: you select the dates you want us to collect your items so you can get your stuff into storage before you have to catch a flight back home
  • Different storage options: different sizes so you can store pretty much anything
  • Redelivery across the UK: no matter where your based we’ll deliver your items right back to you when you return in September


Choosing the right student storage solution is essential for international students. Consider your specific needs, budget, and the pros and cons of each option to make the best decision for your situation. With Spaceways, you have a reliable and affordable option that takes the stress out of storing your belongings while studying abroad.

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