Using self-storage can make a lot of things easier. It can take that pressure off move-in day during the house-moving process, it can be the place to store items when expanding your office, or it can just provide you with somewhere to put things that you haven’t decided what to do with yet!

Of course, here at Kangaroo, we know the ins and outs of self-storage and are well-equipped with the knowledge that our storage units have plenty of benefits, but we also know that not everyone is aware of the advantages that it can bring into your life. In fact, according to the 2023 Self Storage Association Report, less than 50% of the public has a good understanding of self-storage.

So, without further ado, let’s hop straight into the top seven benefits of using our storage units and help you learn more about our fascinating industry!

1.      Declutter Your Home

It’s easy for a home to become overrun with belongings, especially after a significant life event like a long-distance house move or family bereavement. We live busy lives anyway, so finding time to give everything a “place” can be difficult at the best of times. Too often, we add to already full cupboards, rest things in the spare room, or fill up the garage with things ready to be put away later.

Well, in this scenario, household self-storage makes some breathing space and keeps your home clean and tidy, too. You can move as many of the things that you don’t think you need right now into a self-storage unit, store it there as long as you want, and when you finally have the time to sort through it and decide what to do, it’s safe and secure, waiting for you.

Don’t make a rash decision and throw away something you might regret later. Put it into self-storage so you have the time to clear your home and your mind and tackle it with a fresh perspective.

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2.      Security from Theft

If you’re concerned about certain belongings being stolen, whether from your home, business premises, or student accommodation, you should store them safely away in a storage unit to put those worries to bed.

Kangaroo Self Storage has extensive security features designed to keep your belongings safe while they are stored with us, including 24-hour CCTV located inside and outside the building, an alarm system and coded electronic gates. Additionally, your storage unit is secured with your own padlock, so only you have access to the unit and your belongings. You can rest assured that your belongings will be safe with us.

3.      A Base for Your Business

Self-storage units aren’t just for personal belongings; you can also use them to get your business off the ground. Whether it’s to store your stock and merchandise, raw materials, or even to operate the business from within, a self-storage unit is the ideal solution for all your business needs.

You can rent a unit with just enough space to hold all your business assets – or you might want to create a workstation in the unit, too.  The benefits of this in comparison to renting or buying brick-and-mortar are endless. For example, we don’t charge business rates or service and utility charges, and we take deliveries, too, so you don’t have to be onsite waiting for your important packages. Basically, our business storage makes your life easier so you can focus on other areas of running your company – what more could you ask for?

4.      Transition Between Homes

When you move to a new house, the most significant stress can be getting all your belongings from one property into another. There’s a lot to think about, such as uninstalling the big appliances, getting enough hands to help move all the bulky items and making sure that nothing goes missing or breaks during transit.

A self-storage unit can be the ideal middleman between moving into your new home. You can store your belongings in a unit gradually over time before the big moving day, making the whole process much easier and less stressful than trying to move everything in one go. It allows you more time to properly pack and label everything to move it into the unit before you’re ready to move it into your new home.

And, of course, if the moving chain doesn’t quite link up and you need to go into rented accommodation for a while, then moving house storage provides a simple solution for all your belongings and helps you manage the process.

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5.      Store Belongings as a Student

Storage units aren’t just for families or business owners; students can also rent a storage unit to help make their accommodation transitions much smoother! Whether you’re jetting off on a gap year, volunteering abroad in the summer, or don’t have your accommodation available to you over the holidays, a self-storage unit can help you keep your belongings safe and secure.

It also means you don’t have to move everything to your parents’ house only to move it back to your accommodation, making it an especially great choice for international students who will be returning to the UK after the holidays. At Kangaroo, we offer fantastic student storage facilities in close proximity to many universities, including the University of Edinburgh, the University of Liverpool, and UCLan. In fact, our self-storage in Preston is actually just an 8-minute walk from UCLan, making moving your belongings a breeze!

6.      Store Seasonal Items

Not everything is needed all year round; those skis and snow boots certainly aren’t much help in summer, and those deck chairs aren’t going to get used during winter. Rather than cram these seasonal items outdoors or into various spots in your house that could be put to better use, consider putting them in a self-storage unit when you don’t need them.

This way, you keep your home clean and tidy and protect these (often bulky) items from the elements. Your garden equipment and outdoor furniture are at particular risk from the harsh winter conditions, so it makes sense to store these carefully instead of stacking them in the garage or against a wall.

7.      Help Downsize for Retirement

If you’re heading into your retirement years, you may be thinking of downsizing your home as you start to think about your health and the practicalities of where you’re currently living, or maybe you want to be close to your family and friends. Whatever the reason, with a self-storage unit, you can store your belongings during the move or keep some belongings that you may no longer have space for in a smaller home but that you don’t know what to do with just yet.

You could keep some furniture in a unit that you may want to give to your children one day, or store some precious sentimental items so they remain safe and secure. Self-storage can help take the stress out of downsizing your home and provide you with the peace of mind you need during your retirement.

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At Kangaroo Self Storage, our self-storage is incredibly flexible. You can store with us for as long as you like, and there’s no charge for switching to a smaller or bigger unit, should you need to. Find your nearest Kangaroo, or contact us today, and a member of our friendly team would be happy to answer any questions.

When you’re hitting the pause button on your everyday life to travel or take a gap year, you’ve got enough to think about without worrying about the belongings you’re leaving behind. That’s where we step in. No fluff, no fuss, just a straightforward way to keep your belongings safe with Kangaroo Self Storage.

So, before you jet off on your adventures, we thought we’d explain how our storage units are the perfect spaces for storing your items while you’re away. Read on to discover how our safe, secure, and spacious facilities keep your belongings safe until you land back in the UK.

Do I Need to Use Self-Storage While Travelling?

Heading off on an extended holiday or braving a gap year? You may be mulling over what to do with your stuff while you’re out soaking up new experiences. Let’s walk through why self-storage is a no-brainer for travellers like you.

Clearing Your Home to Rent While You’re Away?

If you’re planning on travelling for an extended period, you may want to cash in on your empty home and rent it out while you’re gone. If you’re renting to a friend or family member, you’ll most likely want to clear some of your furniture out so they can move their own belongings in – but where do your things go? Well, whether it’s the sofa from your living room, your kitchen appliances, or your collection of winter woollies from your wardrobe, self-storage locks down a secure spot for all your possessions so your tenants have plenty of room for their belongings.

Handing Over Your Keys?

Shifting to a ‘no fixed abode’ status for a bit? If you’re moving abroad and dropping your lease or handing over the keys to someone else, self-storage is your wallet-friendly best friend. Instead of coughing up rent for space you’re not even using, stash your items with us and use that cash for your travels instead; it’s simple!

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Want to Keep Valuables Safe?

As well as any bulky items you might want to store while you’re gone, we can also keep your valuable and personal items safe. We understand you may not want to take precious jewellery, all your important documents, or other personal items on your travels, but leaving them behind may be risky, especially if you live in a shared house or you’re renting your space. So, you guessed it, self-storage is the answer to this, too! Our storage units come in a range of sizes, starting at 16 Ft2 (1.5 m2), so you can keep smaller items safe until you return.

Student Storage for Gap Year Adventures

As a student, taking a gap year should be about freedom and experiences, not fretting over your belongings. So, at Kangaroo Self-Storage, we’ve got your back with straightforward, secure, and affordable student holiday storage solutions that are:

How Can Self-Storage Help Me When I Return Home?

While you may not want to be thinking about this before you go, it’s a good idea to plan how you can continue using your storage unit when you land back home. Well, with our affordable and flexible storage options, you can take your time resettling without the clutter.

Not sure where to stash that bulky snowboard or camping gear? Brought back a whole new wardrobe? Our units are perfect for keeping your seasonal travel items (from heavy coats and boots to wetsuits and swim gear) tucked away until your next adventure. It’s easy storage at a price that won’t derail your post-holiday budget. Unpack at your own pace, with us keeping your belongings safe and sound.

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Why Choose Kangaroo for Your Self-Storage Needs?

In a nutshell, self-storage is the savvy move for long-term travellers. It’s the smart way to protect your belongings, cut costs, and keep things simple. Ready for a hassle-free way to store your belongings while you chase new horizons? Let’s explore why you should choose Kangaroo in a little more detail:

So, whether your ticket is booked or you’re in the early planning stages of your travels, we’d love to hear from you if you think we could be that peace of mind you need before jetting off. Find your nearest Kangaroo below and contact us to start your self-storage journey:

Self-storage is advantageous no matter what time of year. It allows us to make space during renovations and redecorations, store bulky and expensive items, and shield outdoor belongings from the elements. But is this more useful during the winter when the weather is harsher and protecting items becomes a necessity?

We’re helping to answer this by looking into whether winter is the best time of year to take advantage of self-storage. We’ll be exploring all the benefits of self-storage during the colder months and how Kangaroo Self Storage can help you store through winter.

Is Storing Items During Winter More Important Than Other Times of the Year?

In short, it depends on the items and where they’re stored when not in self-storage. If you have belongings, such as outdoor furniture, which require protection from the elements during the brutal British wintertime, then yes, their storage is more important than during summer.

Additionally, winter is often when home renovations take place, whether in time for Christmas or as a New Year’s resolution, and this is a perfect reason for using self-storage during the colder months.

On the contrary, people need self-storage all year round, whether for storing surplus stock, protecting their vehicles, or keeping confidential documents, so you could argue that just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean storing becomes more important.

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Preparing Your Home for Winter

Ensuring you’ve prepared your home for winter before the cold weather hits is crucial. Here’s a checklist of maintenance to consider and how self-storage can assist:

Decorating Your Home in Time for Christmas

Christmas is undoubtedly the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be a period of chaos and clutter if you’re not prepared. With winter being a popular time for home renovations and improvements before the festive season, self-storage can be a lifesaver. Not only can you make room for your decorations, but you can also store your belongings in a secure, clean space while you make those much-needed changes in your home.

During the winter months, it’s typical to see a surge in interior design projects and renovations that aim to refresh and upgrade living spaces. From installing new flooring or repainting walls to upgrading kitchens or bathrooms, self-storage can provide the temporary solution you need to store your furniture and valuables securely. This way, you won’t have to worry about them getting damaged, and you can focus on your project with peace of mind.

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Kangaroo Self Storage offers flexible, secure, and well-maintained storage units that cater to your varying needs during the hectic winter season. Whether it’s making room for a new home office setup, decluttering before the arrival of houseguests, or embarking on that major remodelling project, our self-storage facilities can accommodate your possessions and ensure their safety.

Also, our self-storage units prove immensely beneficial not just during the decorating process but even after the festivities. As you prepare to take down the fairy lights and pack away the tinsel, consider using self-storage as a convenient place to keep your Christmas decorations until the next festive season arrives. This will not only free up valuable living space but also save you the hassle of searching for a suitable spot to stash your decorations all year round.

Making Room for Guests During the Festive Season

Winter, specifically Christmas, is a time of year when family and friends gather together. If it’s your turn to host the in-laws, you may look at your home and wonder where you’ll fit everybody. With self-storage, you can transform your home office or gym into the perfect spare bedroom without worrying about where you will put your desk and chair or running machine during their stay; just give them to us until your relatives have gone home!

Make your guests feel at home this Christmas and give them space to relax with our help.

Storing Expensive or Bulky Outdoor Furniture During Winter

If you enjoy spending time in the garden, you probably have all the furniture and outdoor items to make your garden your paradise. However, many of these items cannot handle the British wintertime and will rust, rot, or grow mould in cold, wet weather. Self-storage is the answer! Don’t clutter your garage with mountains of outdoor chairs, tables, and parasols; let us take them off you and protect them from the elements until the sun shines again.

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Preparing for Winter Travel

Planning a winter getaway? Use self-storage to declutter and secure your belongings. From leisure equipment to important documents, safely store items in our flexible, cost-effective units while you jet off to avoid the British wintertime. With a variety of sizes, we cater for all needs. Whether you’re clearing your personal belongings out of your house to rent it while you’re away, or you just need to store a few valuable items you don’t want to leave in an empty house, we have what you need. Rest easy knowing your possessions are protected while you’re away, and enjoy your travel knowing we’ve got the practicality of your storage needs covered.

Packing Away Your Summer Wardrobe

Shopaholics, come clean – do you have a winter and a summer wardrobe? If the answer is yes, you may have found that your summer clothes become a burden during the winter and vice versa. Use our wardrobe boxes available from the Box Shop and store your seasonal clothing with us, leaving your home a sanctuary of calm and relaxation, not overcrowded with clothes.

Here at Kangaroo, we have self-storage stores across the country, so you’re never too far away. Visit our:

Hop over to one of our stores or contact our team today to discuss your storage options.

Whether you're moving to a new home, relocating your business, or a student in need of temporary housing solutions, relocating can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be! Kangaroo Self Storage is here to simplify your relocation journey through our state-of-the-art self-storage facilities, and today, we’re here to explain how.

Self-storage is often overlooked as just somewhere to store belongings when you’ve run out of space, but this isn’t the case. All kinds of people from all walks of life use our facilities for any period of time. So, here, we’re looking into how our self-storage facilities and incredible additional services can make your relocation process easier, allowing you to focus on other areas of this life-changing journey.

How Does Self-Storage Simplify a Relocation?

Moving house, changing business premises or relocating into student accommodation involves a lot of planning, decluttering, and finding suitable temporary storage solutions, which is where self-storage can simplify your relocation. By providing clean, secure, and affordable storage units in various sizes, Kangaroo Self Storage offers the perfect fit for all your belongings regardless of how long you plan to store them. Our facilities are equipped with 24-hour CCTV, burglar alarms, and smoke detectors, ensuring the safety of your possessions while they’re in our care. We also offer a fantastic range of benefits, including:

These added benefits make your relocation a much simpler process. So, let’s delve into how our services can help specific relocation scenarios.

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House Moves

Many people don’t realise, but many life events require self-storage to help simplify the process, and moving house is at the top of the list. When it comes to house moves, temporary storage solutions are often needed, whether to stage your old home to sell or store belongings while you decorate your new home.

Well, Kangaroo Self Storage has you covered. Our wide range of storage unit sizes means you can choose the perfect fit for your needs. From storing furniture and appliances to sentimental items, our facilities provide a safe and secure environment for your belongings during your relocation.

Business Relocations

Relocating a business requires careful planning and execution, and the team at Kangaroo Self Storage understands the unique challenges businesses face during a move. Our business self-storage solutions offer a flexible and cost-effective way to store your inventory, equipment, and documents during the transition. We also offer a fantastic range of benefits for business owners, including:

We have your business’ interest at heart, so we’ll go above and beyond to ensure your items are stored safely so you can focus on other areas of your company’s relocation.

Temporary Moving for Students

Students often find themselves needing storage solutions during holidays or between accommodations, which is why student self-storage is an excellent option for those at university. Juggling deadlines, the university social life, and difficult landlords can make relocating extremely stressful, but self-storage helps relieve some of this stress. Our storage units for students are available in various sizes, so whether you need to store private documents, you don’t want to keep in your flat, or you’re waiting to get keys to your next accommodation, and you need to store all your belongings, we’ve got the secure space you need.

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Additional Services to Help with Your Relocation

At Kangaroo Self Storage, we do everything we can to facilitate a seamless relocation experience. Alongside our storage units, we offer a range of additional services designed to assist you during your move; let’s take a look:

Confidential Shredding Services

Suppose you’ve found sensitive documents that no longer serve a purpose and don’t need to relocate with you. In that case, we provide confidential shredding services to ensure the secure disposal of your confidential information. From old financial records to outdated contracts, our shredding services help you protect your privacy and comply with data protection regulations.

Office Space

For businesses in need of more than just storage, Kangaroo Self Storage provides purpose-built office space solutions. Whether you require a temporary workspace during your relocation or a permanent office for your growing business, our office spaces are tailored to meet your needs. Equipped with essential amenities and located conveniently within our storage facilities, our office spaces provide the perfect environment for productivity and growth.


Relocating doesn't have to mean missing important mail! We offer mailbox services, ensuring your mail is securely stored until you are ready to collect it. With our mailboxes, you can stay connected during your relocation without the worry of missing any important correspondence. We also offer a delivery collection service, so if you’re expecting more than just letters but aren’t sure where you’ll be when they arrive, send them our way, and a member of our team will accept delivery of them on your behalf.

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So, whether you're moving homes, relocating your business, or a student needing temporary storage, Kangaroo Self Storage is your reliable partner in keeping your belongings safe. Request a quote online or contact our friendly staff at one of our conveniently located self-storage facilities today:

Summer is here, and it’s time to pack your bags and take off on a well-deserved vacation or adventure. Whether you're soaking up the sun on a tropical beach, exploring new cities, or going on a cross-country road trip, summer travel can be an exhilarating experience. But what about all your belongings? Will they be safe and secure while you're away?

At Kangaroo Self Storage, we understand the concerns of summer travellers like you, which is why we offer a convenient and reliable self-storage solution. So today, we'll explore why storing your belongings when you travel is a smart idea, the benefits of using self-storage for summer travellers, and the top-notch security measures we have in place to protect your precious items.

Relax wherever you’re jetting off to with the help of Kangaroo; let’s explore how we can help.

Why Store Your Belongings When You Travel

When you embark on your summer travels, leaving your belongings behind can be a cause for concern. Your home could be at risk of break-ins or unexpected incidents like flooding or fires, which could result in the loss of sentimental items or expensive damages. Therefore, storing your belongings in a secure facility during your trip can bring you peace of mind, knowing that your valuable possessions are in safe hands. This is especially beneficial for those who live in a house share, who may be cautious about leaving their belongings where others might access them.

In addition, sometimes people planning on renovating or decorating their homes book this work for when they’re away and give access to their homes to the contractors. In these scenarios, it may be best to store any valuable items or anything you’re concerned about getting damaged in our household storage units.

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The Benefits of Self-Storage for Summer Travellers

There is a long list of benefits for those wanting to utilise self-storage during their summer travels, including:

Security Measures at Kangaroo Self Storage for Precious Items

When storing your precious items, we go above and beyond to provide top-notch security measures at Kangaroo Self Storage. We understand that your belongings hold both sentimental and monetary value, and we take that responsibility seriously. Our facilities are equipped with 24-hour CCTV surveillance, burglar alarms, and smoke detectors, ensuring that your items are monitored and protected round the clock.

Additionally, only customers with individual access codes can enter their unit, adding an extra layer of security and privacy. You can trust us to keep your precious items safe during your summer travels so you can relax on the beach or sip drinks in the rooftop bar in peace.

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Convenient Features for Summer Travellers

We know that convenience is essential when you're on the go, which is why we offer a range of features to make your self-storage experience as smooth as possible. When you store your belongings with Kangaroo, you'll enjoy:

Summer travel should be about enjoying new experiences and making memories, not worrying about the safety and security of your belongings. Kangaroo Self Storage offers the perfect solution for summer travellers or those moving abroad, providing flexibility, affordability, and top-notch security measures.

With our convenient features and excellent customer service, we make storing your belongings a breeze; find your nearest Kangaroo today:

Alternatively, contact us to speak to get expert advice from our dedicated team.

Are you planning on travelling abroad for a year before entering the world of work? A gap year can be great for self-discovery, to explore new cultures, learn a new language or to just figure out what you want to do once you return home. After studying hard, you’ll want to celebrate your success by taking time for yourself.

Travelling can be a great way to do this!

At Kangaroo Self Storage, we’re taking a look at how to plan that perfect gap year, from staying safe to storing your belongings – after all, you want to get the most out of the year and take advantage of the amazing opportunities that are sure to come your way.

Where Should You Go?

The first step is to pick your adventure. If you’re having trouble narrowing down the list of countries to decide where will be your home for the next year, consider what you’re looking to achieve from this experience. Do you want to be involved in a charity organisation? Would you like to learn more about yourself? Do you want to see as many countries as possible? Do you want to explore nature? Do you simply want to see as much of one country as you can?

Once you’ve decided what you want to achieve in your gap year, you will find it easier to pick the right country too. A backpacking experience through Asia will be very different from being involved in a local school-building project in an African country or from camping out in the Canadian wilderness, for example. So, think about your end goal and go from there.

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Packing Strategically is Important

Now that you know where you’re going, you’ll want to think about packing. It’s not as simple as throwing some clothes into a bag and jetting off without a care in the world. Packing strategically will save you a world of hassle in the long run. First, you shouldn’t leave it until the last minute. A lot of people do this when they’re going on holiday for a week or two, but a gap year is, well, a year long…

Packing for twelve months is a completely different matter and needs time and careful attention – organisation is key, so start by making a list of everything you’ll need. The clothes you take will depend on the country you’re travelling to, so keep that in mind. You don’t want to end up lugging a cumbersome puffy coat around if you’re going to Thailand or Bali. So, plan your wardrobe around your chosen destinations.

The worst thing you can do is overpack. Bringing ten shirts may seem like a smart idea when you’re packing, but it will only slow you down and take up space. Do you really need five of everything? Do you absolutely have to bring multiple electronics with you? This will depend on what you want to get out of the experience – if you intend to take loads of pictures or start a travel blog, then you may have to take your camera or laptop with you.

Don’t forget, leave enough space to bring something back from your travels as well so you have a physical souvenir of your adventure.

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Staying Safe Abroad

Knowing what to expect before you go will help you stay safe. Get to know the country’s laws, legislation and understand the country’s cultural expectations. Most importantly, consider the healthcare system abroad. Not all countries have a similar system to our NHS, so it’s crucial that you get travel insurance which covers everything from health to theft of valuables. It may also be worth considering insurance for the types of activities you plan to enjoy – not all travel insurance companies will automatically cover injuries from extreme sports! Make sure to get all your vaccinations in order before you go as well.

Talk Like a Local

Becoming fluent in another language is easier when you’re immersed in it, so you don’t need to study in-depth before you go. Learn the basics, such as ‘hello’, ‘thank you’, ‘how are you?’ and ‘how do I get to the …?’ You can pick up a lot as you go, so try to plunge head-first into the culture of the country you’re visiting, be it trying out the food or visiting more remote places where people may not speak as much English.

Of course, try to speak as much of the language as you can instead of relying on English; you may feel embarrassed at first, but we promise you that no one will be laughing. On the contrary, people will appreciate your effort – and they may even help you to improve!

Long-Term Storage for Your Belongings

One of the most crucial elements before embarking on long-term travel is how you’re going to safely store your belongings back here in the UK. The last thing you want is to worry about the safety of your dresser or your TV. Dealing with the stress of ‘what if someone steals my stuff?’ is no fun at all.

But what can you do about it? Cheekily asking your parents to store everything you accumulated from your time living at University may not be the best solution. They may not have the space – or the inclination – to keep your wardrobe or your huge collection of books at their house, especially if they need to get rid of their things to make room for yours!

But don’t worry. Here at Kangaroo Self Storage, we have been helping students in your position for a long time, so we know exactly what to do.

Our friendly stores offer many unit sizes, so we can store pretty much anything. Need storage for bulky winter clothes that you don’t know where to put? Check. Run out of space to keep your ever-growing collection of vinyl records? Check. Or maybe you need somewhere to keep that sofa you don’t want to get rid of? Check.

No matter what you need to put in storage, we’ve got you covered! We can even provide all the boxes and packaging you need to move your stuff into our units. Enjoy your gap year without having to stress about a thing; our secure units have 24/7 CCTV and round-the-clock alarm systems. Begin the new chapter in your life with confidence and peace of mind.

Contact us today to find out more about our student storage in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Preston, and Dundee.

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Whilst you explore a new country and learn more about its culture, you can be confident that your belongings are safe with Kangaroo Self Storage. Don’t let your stuff stand in your way – talk to us today to see how we can help.

With the weather warming up and the last term of University drawing to a close, it won’t be long until you get to relax and enjoy that long summer holiday. For some of you, you may be thinking about spending those free months travelling.

Travelling the Great Outdoors

Travelling is a great way to enrich your knowledge of other cultures, meet new people and experience new things. But travelling can be pricey, especially if you want to go for a significant amount of time.

We know that for many students, every penny is a prisoner, so how are you supposed to take advantage of these long summers and jet off to exciting places? Well, here are a few ways you can travel as a student in 2020 that won’t break the bank balance:

Do a Cultural Exchange

Every year, the Government funds a limited number of undergraduates to go on a three-week cultural exchange programme, such as Study China, so students can fully immerse themselves in another culture. The UK Government funds accommodation, travel, tuition of language courses and activities on the trip. Some Universities also offer additional funding and assistance specifically for these programmes that can be used to help fund flights and visas.

Ask your University if they support any cultural exchange programmes, or have a search online to find out if there are any available that appeal to you.

Teach English Abroad

If you’re an English speaker, you can offer your English language teaching services practically anywhere in the world.  And there’s no doubt it can be an incredibly rewarding experience too. Aside from getting to travel to far-flung places and meet lots of new people, many programmes will cover your travel expenses or even pay you for your teaching services.

Some companies you can contact are The Jet Program, for teaching in Japan, EPIK, for South Korea, and CIEE, which has teaching positions in almost every corner of the globe.

Go Couchsurfing

If you don’t mind sleeping in people’s houses, you can take advantage of Couchsurfing, a website that puts travellers in contact with people offering a bed across the globe. You can find a place to stay by browsing couches all over the world, looking through people’s profiles to find someone to stay with and then simply dropping them a message. Staying at a local’s home for free makes travelling far and wide much more feasible when you don’t have to spend money on accommodation. Not to mention you’ll get to meet locals who can no doubt give you hints and tips whilst you explore their hometown area.

Do Some Charity Work

Volunteering is a great way to see the world and do some good at the same time. Companies like STA Travel offer volunteering projects in 22 countries that are authentic, sustainable and responsible. They have all kinds of different projects; from working with children, communities or animals to conservation work. You’ll have the chance to learn a lot from doing the project, pick up new skills and enjoy experiences in places you may never have had the chance to see otherwise. Ask your University if they partner with any volunteer abroad programmes.


Work at Summer Camps

Summer camps are always looking for people to spend a summer teaching and looking after children on camp. With programmes like Camp America and Camp Canada, you’ll have the opportunity to see the North American continent through one of these programmes.

You’ll spend the summer working in one of these countries and on your days off you can explore the towns and cities nearby. And once camp is finished, you’ll also have the opportunity to stay for another 30 days to travel, using the money you earned as a camp counsellor. There are many different roles available, so you’ll be able to spend the summer doing something you enjoy, gain new skills, have something to put on your CV and enjoy the experience of being in a different country.

Put Your Belongings in Self Storage 

Whilst you’re off enjoying all these incredible experiences, you’ll want the peace of mind that professional storage can give you.  A lot of student accommodation contracts don’t extend over the summer months, so store your belongings securely whilst you’re travelling  with student storage in Dundee, Glasgow, Preston, Liverpool and Edinburgh with Kangaroo.

We offer simple, flexible and very affordable student storage options. Our secure storage facilities have 24/7 CCTV coverage, burglar alarms, smoke detectors and fire alarms – all to keep your belongings safe and sound whilst in storage. With our lowest price guarantee and pick up service, it’s no wonder so many students choose to store their belongings with us every summer.

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