International Students Fill Up Kelowna Storage Lockers

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As more and more international students fill classrooms at Kelowna institutions such as UBC-Okanagan, Space Centre Storage is building and quickly filling their summer storage locker units.

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To accommodate growing demand for student storage locker units, a Kelowna storage company has expanded and already sold out of summer spaces popular with international students

As part of a growing trend of increased enrolment of international students from abroad, the Kelowna self-storage company has built dozens more locker units to accommodate students' needs.

In a few weeks, hundreds of international students will make their way to Space Centre Storage to fill storage lockers with books, TV's, and winter coats for the summer. As part of a growing trend of increased enrolment of international students from abroad, the Kelowna self-storage company has built dozens more locker units to accommodate students' needs.

"We have definitely seen a significant increase in international students using our storage lockers in recent years," says Yvonne Rogers, operations manager, Space Centre Storage. Such an increase, that in January, Space Centre built nearly 70 new storage locker units for the "spring rush" of international students about to place their things in storage before boarding planes and flying home for the summer.

Rogers estimates Space Centre provides summer storage to almost 350 international students studying in Kelowna. Because of its close proximity to the campus of University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Space Centre has become a convenient storage solution that quickly follows spring exams.

"Students in dorms have to move out the day of their last exam, which can be a stressful time so we try to make it as easy as possible for them by allowing them-or their parents-to reserve a locker online or over the phone ahead of time, and by helping to get them and all their possessions here."

It's common in the mid to late weeks of April for the Space Centre to send trucks to the campus once or twice a day to pick up students, along with their gear, so they can get their items into storage before heading to the airport to begin their journey home.

Rogers says most students fill either 4x6 or 5x8 storage locker units on their own or with friends, and items include all the necessities of student life in Canada, from textbooks and tote boxes containing clothes and winter coats to bar fridges, TV's, and gaming stations. Some students even store their wheels.

"We do have students who are studying here for a few years who use our vehicle storage to park their car here while they're away for the summer break."

Rogers says the storage offers security to students who will be far away in countries such as Korea, China, South Africa, and England for four or five months, but it's also about value.

According to an article about international student tuition hikes in the UBC-O student newspaper The Phoenix, students from overseas have been facing "drastic" increases: "New international undergraduate students in 2014/2015 paid an average of $23,999 for a full course load during the academic year, while this year's arriving students in 2017/2018 paid an average of $34,912 for a full course load - an increase of approximately 30% over the past three years."

By offering a free move-in truck in addition to a special deal in which they receive the fifth month free with four months pre-paid, international students at least get a break on their storage fees.

"This is very seamless and affordable for them," says Rogers. "When we see them, they've just been through exams and need to get their things in storage so they can catch a flight and get home. We're glad to be making this leg of their stay and their journey a little easier."

About Space Centre Storage:
Space Centre Storage in Kelowna has 30 years of experience in the storage industry. Residential storage services include self storage in a variety of units, the MI-BOX® portable storage containers, moving supplies, mailboxes, and outdoor boat and RV storage at its two facilities. Space Centre Storage also offers commercial self storage and lease space, mini-warehousing, and forklift and load docks for business customers.

For more information, please contact:
Yvonne Rogers
Operations Manager
Space Centre Storage
3530 Alcan Rd., Kelowna, BC

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