It’s been an excellent year for student entrepreneurs. Within The Saint alone, we have explored countless stories of successful student start-ups hitting the high streets and online markets, winning awards, and offering much-welcomed services for students and locals alike.
Local Student Storage is one particularly notable student-led venture which hit the ground running in 2015, and have since gone from strength to strength.
We are reaching that time of the semester when, in amongst the frantic stress of submitting those last few deadlines and getting your head down in time for exams, the last thing we need is the added concern of what on earth we are going to do with the seeming mountain of belongings we have accumulated over the academic year. And while I think I have it bad (seriously regretting the three-year continuous rental which must be packed into a measly Renault Clio), St Andrews’ considerable population of international students makes this an issue faced more commonly than might be obvious.
“My suitcase isn’t big enough! Where can I buy boxes? How much is it going to cost me to find a safe home for my non-essentials while I spend the summer far away, where the sun shines and I’m not constantly reminded of my semester stress?”
The search for suitable, safe storage space to let from a reputable company without breaking the bank—at a time when, let’s be honest, no one has any student finance left—can seem like one more thing on the to-do list that will inevitably be a mad dash, last minute fix kind of situation (you won’t always be lucky enough to track down that extremely rare breed of student friend who has a summer lease and space to spare).
In light of this problem, Local Student Storage emerged as a solution, designed for students by students. The business idea came out of the unfortunate anecdotes of friends and peers, who had had their belongings mistreated, or were grossly overcharged for the privilege of a warehouse shelf. Items reside in their Cupar renting facility, and space is allocated generously, to avoid any mix-ups or mishaps.
“We are a student-led storage company that was set up with the aim of providing an affordable and personable service for students that either aren’t able or don’t want to take all of their belongings home over the Summer months”, Director Harry Bremner told The Saint. “We provide boxes for you to pack your items into, we then return to collect your items, store them over the Summer, and return them right to your door when you get back to university!”.
Since its early days, Local Student Storage have taken off as a popular choice among St Andrews students: “Local Student Storage has grown from a company catering for 17 St Andrews students to over 300 St Andrews students each Summer,” said Mr Bremner.
Success rates have meant that the student-founded company has been able to broaden their scope, taking their initial idea and setting up shop in both Edinburgh and Durham, where demand is similar.
If the slashed price-tag and ultimate convenience don’t swing it for you, you may be interested to hear of Local Student Storage’s new initiative, which looks to positively contribute to the local community, and address growing concerns of wastefulness, which will be trialled for Summer 2019.
“We often find that students don’t use all of the boxes that they order from us, and that many students throw out a large amount of clothes and other items when they leave town,” explained Mr Bremner. “As such, we’re going to be piloting a new project this summer where we will be encouraging students to fill up any unused boxes with spare clothes or unwanted items, which we will collect for free and donate to the local homeless shelter.”
This fresh idea appears to kill several birds with one stone: the identified wastage problem gains a practical solution; the “spring clean” clear-out benefits those who need it; and students can do a charitable deed, while also avoiding paying to store the things that will only meet their inevitable fate of the back of the wardrobe come September.
Booking with Local Student Storage now equates to supporting student enterprise, the environment, a very worthy charitable cause, your bank balance, and your sanity. At exactly the right time of year.
Local Student Storage can be found on Facebook or at www.localstudentstorage.com and students are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.