What are students’ options over summer?

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With the summer break rapidly approaching for many students, tenancy contracts may also be coming to an end in line with the holidays, potentially leaving several weeks or months between student accommodations.

Most students will stay with friends or family, or find temporary accommodation during this time, but what about your belongings? What are your options for storing your stuff during the summer months?

Call upon family

Many students move back to their family home for the summer. A couple of months’ worth of home cooked meals, a full fridge and clean clothes can be pretty hard to turn down!

If your family have the space, you may have the option to take your belongings back home with you and store them in your parents’ loft, garage, or any spare room they may have available. If you have access to storage space back home, all you need to worry about it safely packing and transporting your possessions.

Make sure your belongings are packed safely, with extra care taken with any delicate or valuable items. If you’re in need of packing materials to ensure the safe transportation of your belongings, Pickfords has a wide range of boxes, wrap, tape and other materials to secure your goods.

If you have too many possessions to fit in a car, or items which are too large, you may wish to hire a professional moving company to assist you. Pickfords’ Man and Van service is designed for small moves on a budget, with the flexibility to choose exactly the level of service you need.

Ask friends

If you’re an international student or have moved particularly far from your family home, going home for the summer many not be a viable option.

In this case, you may be able to stay with friends locally during the holiday period. If you have a small number of possessions, you may be able to store them at your friend’s place. If packing your goods yourself, you may find it helpful to refer to these packing hints and tips or follow our packing tutorials to ensure your items are safe and secure during transit to your friend’s home.

Take out some storage space

Whether you move back with family, stay at a friend’s or in temporary accommodation, you may find that it won’t be possible to take all your belongings with you. If so, you will need somewhere to store some of your goods during the holiday period.

Pickfords has a nation-wide network of storage centres, ideal for students. You can choose to share a storage container with other students to save on cost, or visit one of our Self Store centres at Cambridge, York, Edinburgh or Bath for an easy access storage solution.

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