Annual Industry Report

The Self Storage Association UK Annual Industry Report includes data collected from customers currently using self storage and for the sixth year running, the results of a YouGov Survey carried out among the public. All this, combined with our industry data, provides a comprehensive report into the UK self storage industry. Thanks to the team at Cushman & Wakefield for completing the data analysis.  Thanks also to all the members who completed the annual survey, without their input we could not produce such a high quality report. 

Results include:                                                    

  • Occupancy on current lettable space is 77.2% up 1.4% on last year
  • The UK average net rental rate is £23.11 per square foot per annum
  • Approx 13% of households have used self storage at some point East Midlands and the North have experienced the largest gains in rental
  • The total amount of space used by customers increased by 3.8% in 2018
  • 56.9% of people cannot name a self storage store in their local area
  • 71% of self storage customers are 40-69 years old
  • 35% of customers have kept their unit for 3 years or more

Download the 2019 Annual Industry Report here

Previous reports for comparison can be downloaded here:





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