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    Hi,

    Currently I'm living with my fiancee in York (she's just starting her study), but studying in London (me in my final year). I was thinking about staying in a cheap hostel rather than renting a place full time because it will be so much cheaper. Budget hostel in London usually about £15-20/night, compared to student/private hall that can be £180-200/week. Traveling normally about £12 round trip by Megabus.

    I'm only 3-4 days a week, and most of the time I'll be at uni from 8am-8pm (lectures, seminars, library, etc). I'll be at home during the weekend. Since this is my final year, I don't really want to socialise or something, probably just some sports exercises. I believe I'd be much focused and will be far more productive academically. At uni, I'd be focused on study; at home, I'd be enjoying a weekend with my fiancee.

    So, has anybody ever done this like me? Any recommendation on cheap hostel and cheap storage unit in London? I need to store things not only clothes/toiletries/books/etc, but also some sports equipments (golf & tennis) and guitar. All the companies i've checked (Big Yellow, ABC self storage, etc) are really expensive.

    Thanks!
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    Hey,

    If you want cheap storage in London, I'd suggest SpaceWays. You don't even have to drive to a facility, 'cos they pick up your stuff from your door (even from a hostel). I used them before and the customer service people were super helpful when I wanted to store my skis.

    Hope that helps! Good luck!
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    (Original post by natalie3692)
    Hey,

    If you want cheap storage in London, I'd suggest SpaceWays. You don't even have to drive to a facility, 'cos they pick up your stuff from your door (even from a hostel). I used them before and the customer service people were super helpful when I wanted to store my skis.

    Hope that helps! Good luck!
    Thanks for your suggestion.

    It seems that they won't give me access to my stuff at anytime, no? What if I just finished class at noon and want to play some tennis or afternoon golf? Should I pay for £19 and ask them to deliver to me at uni? And then call them back after I finish? That would be a bit complicated.
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    Ahh perhaps it's not quite right for you then! I stored stuff a bit more long-term, and got them to deliver it back to me after a few months.
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    How would you get on lack of sleep? I always find I get woken up multiple times a night when staying in a dorm. Also, many hostels won't let people stay long term, so you may have to keep moving hostels.
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    (Original post by fluffyowl)
    How would you get on lack of sleep? I always find I get woken up multiple times a night when staying in a dorm. Also, many hostels won't let people stay long term, so you may have to keep moving hostels.
    I don't sleep that much actually. Besides, I can take a total shutdown on the weekend when I'm at home.

    I saw a lot of hostels not far from the city centre. I can stay this week here, next week there, another week at the southbank, another week up north. No problem with moving hostels for me, as long as they're not far from the tube station.
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    (Original post by widgetenator)
    I don't sleep that much actually. Besides, I can take a total shutdown on the weekend when I'm at home.

    I saw a lot of hostels not far from the city centre. I can stay this week here, next week there, another week at the southbank, another week up north. No problem with moving hostels for me, as long as they're not far from the tube station.
    Sounds ok then! I personally love the Palmers Lodge hostel in Willesden Green. I stayed there for a week during the Olympics and really enjoyed my stay.

    I would contact various hostels because they may well let you stay for longer periods.
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    (Original post by widgetenator)
    Besides, I can take a total shutdown on the weekend when I'm at home.
    If you're going to spend your time at home asleep and recovering from your weekday lifestyle, it might be a bit counter-productive. You'd scarcely be enjoying quality time with your fiancee.

    You're going to be spending the next few decades together. Being apart for a matter of a few more months, is nothing in the grand scheme of things. You'll see each other during that time anyway, at Easter.

    In your shoes, I'd focus on getting to the end of the third year with the best possible result, without putting yourself under this additional pointless stress. A good degree result will set you up for your future life together.
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    (Original post by fluffyowl)
    Sounds ok then! I personally love the Palmers Lodge hostel in Willesden Green. I stayed there for a week during the Olympics and really enjoyed my stay.

    I would contact various hostels because they may well let you stay for longer periods.
    Thanks for this! Palmers Lodge is a nice place to stay indeed.

    (Original post by Klix88)
    If you're going to spend your time at home asleep and recovering from your weekday lifestyle, it might be a bit counter-productive. You'd scarcely be enjoying quality time with your fiancee.

    You're going to be spending the next few decades together. Being apart for a matter of a few more months, is nothing in the grand scheme of things. You'll see each other during that time anyway, at Easter.

    In your shoes, I'd focus on getting to the end of the third year with the best possible result, without putting yourself under this additional pointless stress. A good degree result will set you up for your future life together.
    Many thanks for the advice. I won't spend 100% of my time at home asleep for sure. I definitelty want to have some quality time with my fiancee as well (movies, dinner, or simply take a walk/jog in the morning).

    What about self storage services? Any recommendation in particular?
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    (Original post by widgetenator)
    What about self storage services? Any recommendation in particular?
    Last summer I used a company called Urban Locker Self Storage (www.urbanlocker.co.uk). They did a fixed term storage deal for the summer holiday's which suited me to the ground.

    If you're looking at storing long term it is quite expensive but then again space in London isn't cheap, no matter what it's used for!

    One word of advice when getting quotes for storage - call them! By calling them you get to speak to a person rather than get an automatically generated price. I've found that most companies give their staff the ability to discount so you always get a better price by calling them.
 
 
 
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