FEDESSA European Annual Survey
This is the sixth consecutive annual survey carried out by the Federation of European Self Storage Associations (FEDESSA) among its member associations and their member companies and the third to be produced in conjunction with property advisers JLL.
This survey has been produced with input from operators to help quantify the size and drivers of the industry across Europe. We hope it will be a useful reference point for investors and operators in this growing and dynamic market.
This year’s FEDESSA survey was completed by 750 self storage stores with representation from 16 member nations. This represents over a quarter of the self storage sites in continental Europe. The survey does not include the industries in the United Kingdom, but responses to the Self Storage Association UK’s (SSA UK) Annual Survey 2017 have been added to this report where appropriate. We have also supplemented the survey responses with interviews from various operators across Europe.
Responses to most questions in the survey relate to the facility position as at 31 March 2017.
- In 2017, Europe has 3,247 self storage facilities totalling 8,700,000 square metres of space
- 44% of facilities are in the UK and over 85% of the facilities are in six countries
- The average amount of storage per capita is 0.018 square metres with the UK, the Netherlands and Iceland having three times this level
- The average size of facility is 3,773 square metres, although they range in size from less than 2,000 square metres to over 6,000 square metres
- The average rent is €258 per square metre and average occupancy has increased from 80% to 81% in the last year
- The ten largest brands across Europe represent less than 22% of the total number of facilities
- There have been around €350m of transactions over the last 12 months
- Three out of four operators expect 2017 to be a more profitable year than 2016 with more optimism about future rental increases