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Student Storage Ideas for Less Stress

Written by on March 18, 2016

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Student storage in Leeds, Harrogate and Wakefield

Student accommodation is not renowned for having masses of space – or being very flexible when it comes to dates you can move in, or need to move out.

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At McCarthy’s Storage World we have lots of student customers, who use us for lots of different reasons. With prices starting from £6 a week, it’s really just the equivalent of one or two drinks on a night out (depending on whether you’re a fan of fizz or more a half a pint of lager drinker!)

So why might you need student storage? Maybe your halls kick you out over the holidays, and it’s logistically difficult to keep moving things back and forwards from home? Maybe you want to go travelling, and need somewhere safe to keep your belongings while you’re gone? Or maybe your student digs really do have zero space, and you just need somewhere to keep some of your bits and pieces?

On that last point, there are some simple ways you can try and create extra storage in even a small bedroom. Here’s some top tips from McCarthy’s:

  • Utilise wall space. Are you allowed to put up extra shelving? If not, don’t waste what shelving you have with decorative items, put it to good use!
  • Shops such as Ikea have amazing ideas for storage solutions for every size of space. From the Kallax units, with baskets where you can store anything from shoes to books, to the flexible Trofast units – you’ll find something to suit! There’s even hanging storage and under the bed boxes to make the most of every nook and cranny.
  • Consider furniture that has a double use – so a bench that also doubles as storage, for example.
  • Utilise over the door hooks, which are fairly cheap and cheerful, to hang up coats and bulky items which might be taking up large amounts of space in the wardrobe.
  • Have a rolling declutter. Make sure you’re not hanging on to clothes, books or anything you really don’t want or need any more. You might even be able to make some money from it!
  • Foldaway furniture can be great for freeing up extra space – especially tables, desks or chairs.


But if you really don’t have the space, or you need to clear out for the holidays, give us a call to find out more about our storage solutions. Students can share storage units, making it even more affordable, and we only charge until the day you move out – so there’s no wastage (after all, it may only be the equivalent of a drink, but it’s a drink nonetheless!). We’ll even promise to price match any like for like quotation from another SSA member.

We’ve now got self storage centres in Leeds, Wakefield and Harrogate, so we’re handy for lots of universities and colleges. In Leeds we’re in walking distance from the centre for a lot of the Halls of Residence, or an easy bus journey away. And don’t forget we can help with van hire if needed.



Your Self Storage Experience So Far

I’ve been using McCarthy’s for a long time now, and am more than happy with my storage unit. The units are very accessible and always clean and tidy. The helpful staff are always on hand if you need any assistance. Wendi in particular has been a pleasure to deal with and extremely efficient.

5 Stars
Your Self Storage Experience This Far - York

Their service was above and beyond as Wendi and her husband drove to the York site on Sunday afternoon to accommodated my son with his storage room as we were traveling from Glasgow to South Wales via York to drop off his belongings for university.

5 Stars
Your Removal Experience

We had the packing and moving service, they were very professional, polite and did a great job. They didn't just put everything in the boxes they held back things like filler or legal documents in case we might need them. There was also a delay in getting into the new house and they were very patient and didn't complain. Made things a huge amount less stressful for us. I would highly recommend.

5 Stars

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