College is as full of new adventures as your car is on the day you move in to your dorm. Storage.com can help you tackle your college career with helpful tips or by providing you a safe storage solution for summer breaks.

College is one of the best times of our lives. Freedom from parents, meeting new people, getting involved in a fraternity or sorority, and studying subjects that lead to careers are all things that students look forward to. However, there’s always that one major downside.

Dorm rooms are kind of, well, awful. While they’re great places for sleeping, studying, and building friendships, they’re also places where you have to learn just how much you hate someone else’s weird habits because you share a bathroom and bedroom with them. But the worst part about living in the dorms is the complete lack of space. Seriously, where in the world are you supposed to put all of your things in that cramped dorm room? You’re basically moving into a closet that’s been crafted to look like a room.

That’s why renting a storage unit is a great option when you’re living in the dorms. Plenty of storage facilities help students with their additional space needs every year. Some of them even have special student discounts and month-to-month rental agreements. Here are some ways you can make your college experience better with a storage unit.

Easier Move-In and Move-Out

When it’s time to head home for that glorious summer break, you might be wondering what you should do with all of your dorm items. If your parents live in the same city as your school, it’s no big deal. But for students who live far from school, especially out of state, it’s a huge hassle to move everything home just to bring it all back again in the fall.

College student, meet storage unit. Find a storage facility that has month-to-month rental agreements and only rent a unit for the three (or four) months you’ll be away from school. You can even find a storage unit near campus so that it’s easier to get your stuff moved into your dorms when you come back at the start of the next school year.

Store Sports and Fitness Equipment

Dorm rooms aren’t exactly the most spacious homes for college students, which means a lot of the items you want to bring with you to school can’t come. For sports and fitness enthusiasts, this unfortunately means that a lot of equipment gets left behind.

But what if you’re near some fantastic slopes that you could hit on the weekends? And what about those bike trails near campus that would be perfect for your morning exercise routine? Using a storage unit works here, too. All you have to do is find a facility close to campus and pick up your board or bike on your way to your favorite outdoor destinations.

Or maybe you have a weigh bench, treadmill, or stationary bike that you want to use, but it can’t fit in your dorm room. Looks like somebody just turned their storage unit into their own personal gym (and then you don’t have to pay for an expensive membership).

Vehicle Storage

Okay, so not many college students are going to need a storage unit to store a classic car or a boat because, let’s face it, they can barely afford ramen noodles sometimes. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a reason for vehicle storage in college.

For some students, especially those who moved to a big city where their university is right in the middle of the downtown area, they don’t have anywhere to park the car they arrived in. In fact, some schools don’t allow students to keep cars on campus at all, which is fine until you need to go somewhere outside of campus—like heading back home for break.

Don’t sell your car, and don’t park it in one of those ridiculously expensive parking garages in the city (No, seriously. They want how much a month?) Many storage facilities offer vehicle storage at a much more affordable price. Active military members use this same type of storage when they’re out of the country because it keeps their vehicles safe from theft and damage, and it’s so much easier than trying to find alternative parking.

College, while fun, can be a stressful time in your life. But there’s no reason to make things harder on yourself. Enjoy some extra space by using storage in college. No matter what unit size, price, or location you need, there’s always something just right for you.

If you’re looking for storage units in your area, check out Storage.com’s directory.