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How Much Does a Self Storage Unit Cost?

Martha Lott

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

7th Jan 2022 (Last updated on 19th Jan 2022) 5 minute read

In 2022, the average storage costs in the UK are £23.94 per square foot according to SSA’s (Self Storage Association) UK annual industry report. Self storage prices will vary and depend on the unit’s location, size of storage, length of time and the value of items you’re storing.

Data shows that 29% of us use self-storage when moving house, so it’s important we keep the costs down. In this article, we share the average costs of storage across the UK, how your quote is determined and those additional costs to watch out for.

This article will cover the following:
  1. Average Self Storage Prices in the UK
  2. Costs by Regions
  3. What Will Affect My Quote?
  4. What is Included in the Price of Self Storage?
  5. Additional Costs for Self Storage
  6. How Much Storage Space Do I Need?
  7. Will I Be Quoted the Same Price in Store and Online?

Average Self Storage Prices in the UK

Below we’ve listed the storage unit costs for a range of time periods and storage unit sizes to get an idea of how much you’ll pay. It should be noted that these prices won’t include your removal costs.

50 sq.ft75 sq.ft100 sq.ft150 sq.ft200 sq.ft

1 Week

£23.02

£34.53

£46.04

£69.06

£92.08

1 Month

£99.75

£149.63

£199.50

£299.25

£399.00

2 Months

£199.50

£299.25

£399.00

£598.50

£798.00

3 Months

£299.25

£448.88

£598.50

£897.75

£1197.00

6 Months

£598.50

£897.75

£1197.00

£1795.50

£2394.00

1 Year

£1197.00

£1795.50

£2394.00

£3591.00

£4788.00

Data from SSA UK Industry Report 2021

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Costs by Regions

Self storage prices will vary by region. London has the most expensive rental prices, costing £33.06 per square foot, whilst the West Midlands and Wales both offer the lowest rate at £12.24.

Areas like the East Midlands and the North of England offer more affordable storage prices averaging at £15.71 and £17.10 per square foot, while the South East has the second most expensive rental rate at £23.27.

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RegionAverage Cost Per Sq.ft

Scotland

£21.04

North England

£17.10

Yorkshire & The Humber

£18.77

East Midlands

£15.71

East of England

£23.15

London

£33.06

West Midlands & Wales

£12.24

South East

£23.27

South West

£19.53

Data from SSA UK Industry Report 2021.

What Will Affect My Quote?

The total cost of your storage will depend on certain factors such as the location and size of your unit. Some factors that may affect your quote are listed below.

1.
Location
Like most services, location plays a big part in prices. Typically, the closer the storage unit is to a city centre, the more expensive it will be. If you’re looking for storage in London or the surrounding areas, then you can expect higher prices. The West Midlands and Wales are the cheapest regions to rent storage.

2. Storage unit price per sq. ft.
The storage industry offers a range of size options for your storage, from single items and locker type storage to larger options and warehouse size storage. Typically, storage companies will charge less per square foot as the units go up in size.

3. Length of rental
Your total storage costs will also depend on the length of your stay with the storage unit. Lots of companies offer introductory discounts, which is typically 50% off your first 8 weeks, making this an ideal price if you’re looking for short-term storage.

SSA data shows that 23% of domestic storage users had their storage unit for less than 3 months, with 4-6 months and 1-2 years being the second most popular length of stay. Many storage providers also offer discounts for long-term storage plans, so it’s worth comparing storage providers to find the best deals.

4. Replacement Value / Insurance
Most storage companies will make it compulsory to take out insurance for your items, either organising it for you or you have the option to sort your own. Your total cost of storage will also depend on the replacement value of your items, so if you have any valuable goods, expect to pay a bit more.

5. Level of Security
Different providers will offer different levels of security. Most storage facilities have efficient lighting to make you feel at ease when visiting your storage. Usually, CCTV is included in the price as basic security, you should ask what type of surveillance they offer. For an additional cost, some may provide password-protected access where you have your own unique code. It should be noted that you’ll have to buy your own padlock and insurances.

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    What is Included in the Price of Self Storage?

    All storage companies will offer different security and facilities, sometimes included in your quote and sometimes as add ons, so it’s important to find this out from your storage provider before committing.

    Typically included in a storage quote:

    • 24/7 access to your belongings
    • CCTV
    • Efficient lighting
    • Staff to help with deliveries
    • Use of trolleys
    • Use of forklifts
    • Free parking

    Additional Costs for Self Storage

    It’s important to factor in any additional costs you may pay for your storage. These may not be clear upfront so it’s vital you confirm with your provider what is included.

    • Deposit - Some storage providers ask that you pay a deposit to reserve your unit which will normally depend on the size of storage. Not all providers ask this, but some ask you to pay the first month in advance.
    • Moving Items - It’s important to be aware that most storage providers will charge if you require your items transported from your property to the unit and won’t include this in your price.
    • Insurance - Not all home insurances will cover your storage items, so most storage companies recommend you take out insurance for your goods. For your own peace of mind, know that insuring your items will give them added protection.
    • Padlocks - Padlocks for your storage aren’t typically included in the price, but most providers can supply this for you. They usually cost around £12-£14. You may be able to use your own locks if they are compatible with the unit.
    • Packing - Most providers will offer packing materials to help you pack for storage. This isn’t essential but it can be helpful if you don’t have the time.

    How Much Storage Space Do I Need?

    Below we’ve broken down the storage space you need for a variety of property types and listed the prices for 1 week, 1 month and 3 months. Please note, companies usually offer a 4-8 week introductory offer, which isn’t included in these average prices. Prices may also vary should you be a company looking for commercial self-storage, requiring more space.

    Property SizeStorage Space NeededStorage Costs for 1 WeekStorage Costs for 1 MonthStorage Costs for 3 Months

    1-bedroom flat

    50 sq.ft

    £23.02

    £99.75

    £299.25

    2 bedroom flat

    75 sq.ft

    £34.53

    £149.63

    £448.88

    2-bed house

    100 sq.ft

    £46.04

    £199.50

    £598.50

    3-bed house

    125-150 sq.ft

    £69.06

    £299.25

    £897.75


    Data calculated from the SSA UK’s average storage costs and storage space calculated by how much space needed for moving house.

    To learn more, read our Storage Unit Size Guide.

    Will I Be Quoted the Same Price in Store and Online?

    Most companies are transparent with their prices and claim to have identical prices whether you book online or go in-store. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the desire to book in-store dropped from 33% to 25%, meaning 55% of customers prefer to organise their storage needs online.

    Previously, companies used to withhold prices on their websites, but in 2020, 73% of storage websites listed prices. Data also shows that 76% of storage businesses allow customers to pay online for their units.

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    Martha Lott

    Written by Martha Lott

    Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

    Dave Sayce

    Reviewed by Dave Sayce

    Owner & Managing Director, Compare My Move

    Dave Sayce is the owner and managing director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.