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Getting an education in self storage

Written by on November 16, 2018


Saturday 17th November marks International Students’ Day. With a shocking history behind it, linked to the Second World War, the date is now honoured by universities across the world as a non-political celebration of the multiculturalism of their international students. It’s a chance to shout about just how much we all gain from the exchange of knowledge across cultures and geographical boundaries.

We’re lucky in Leeds to have a staggering five universities – the University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University being perhaps the best known – but there’s also the University of Law and Leeds’ Art University. There’s also higher educational facilities such as the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Between them, it means there’s around 80,000 students in the city during any one year – many of them coming from home towns across the UK, but many from much further afield. The University of Leeds alone has 7,000 international students from more than 150 countries.

We find we get a lot of storage customers who are students. Self storage can be a great help, especially to international students or those who aren’t studying local to home.

For example, maybe you want to go back home for the summer or Christmas, but you have to vacate your halls of residence, and your new room isn’t yet available. Taking everything you own back home would be a logistical nightmare – and expensive. Have no fear – you can move your belongings into self storage at McCarthy’s and we’ll keep it safe for you, for as long as needed.

Or maybe your room in your rented house is tiny, and there’s little space to keep everything you need – and you happen to have a hobby which needs a lot of stuff. No worries – use our self storage for some off your belongings, meaning you don’t end up having to sleep on your kayak or forgo storing clothes for your music collection!

Perhaps you’re going travelling or on a student exchange, and don’t want the hassle of taking everything home first, to bring it back again in a few months. Self storage is your friend! And, actually, you can share your storage space with friends if that works out best – share the cost! And with prices starting from just £6 a week, it’s not much more than a pint or glass of wine (and much less actually than some of the more expensive places in the centre!)

Our storage centre in Leeds is handily located on Meanwood Road, just a few minutes out of the city centre, and close to lots of university residences such as Leodis and Opal 3. If you live in Headingley you can get to us on the number 92 bus and if you live in Hyde Park you’re within walking distance. If you have a car, we have lots of free car parking available.

You can gain access whenever you need it and all your belongings are kept safe and secure, under the watchful eye of our security system. The building has pincode access, and your individual unit is locked by you – and you’re the only one who has the key (or code) to open it. We don’t even have one!

With variable contract lengths, to the day, to suit you, you won’t be charged for any more time than you actually want. So, there’s no need to put those plans on hold, or stress about how you’re going to get home on the train, or plane, with three suitcases, a chest of drawers and a small library of books. Self store, pack light and enjoy!

PS – don’t forget we can help with a man and van service to help move items, and boxes and packaging materials in our online store or at our Leeds’ shop.



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Great experience, very friendly and efficient staff

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thoroughly professional service. polite staff always ready to help (especially wendi) clean and tidy throughout.

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Contact Us


The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

Removals: 0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000

Storage: 0113 26 26 500

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 14.00


The Storage Centre, Ripon Road,
Harrogate HG1 2BS

Removals & Storage:
01423 625 000

Van Hire: 01423 625 000

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00


The Storage Centre, Kirkgate,
Wakefield WF1 1UW

Removals, Storage & Shredding:
01924 663 555

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00