There are a million things a student needs to prepare for college. Getting a degree may mean living away from home long-term for the very first time, and you or your child may also be learning how to deal with a roommate, laundry and more. If you want to make sure things start off on the right foot, consider getting these 30 items a new college student can’t live without.
Noise Cancelling HeadphonesMijiaer Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
Unless you lucked out with a single dorm room, you’re going to have a roommate, which makes having a pair of noise-cancelling headphones essential. These Mijiaer Active Noise Cancelling Headphones deliver superior sound quality and a comfortable, adjustable fit at a fraction of the usual cost.
Desert VibesArfbear Cactus Tapestry
Dorm rooms are, by design, bland and boring affairs that feel nothing like home. This colorful, oversized Arfbear Cactus Tapestry is a great way to spruce things up and make a concrete, cookie-cutter room feel more personal. While drilling holes into dorm room surfaces is generally not a good idea, this item can still be easily fixed to a wall using a sturdy adhesive or wall hook.
Get CozyGenteele Reversible Sherpa 50”x60” Blanket
After a stressful day of classes, there’s nothing better than curling up in bed with a cozy blanket and binging on Netflix. This Genteele Reversible Sherpa has super-soft Sherpa material on one side and velvety micro-cashmere on the other. You'll reach new levels of coziness at any time of day.
Keep It CleanMesh Pop-Up Laundry Hamper
College is often a rude awakening for adolescents when it comes to laundry. Fortunately, this Mesh Pop-Up Laundry Hamper makes it easy to store and carry laundry, and thanks to its space-saving pop-up design, it won’t take up precious real estate in small dorm rooms.
So Fresh, So CleanOkroo Shower Caddy Tote
Gone are the days of long showers in private bathrooms with ample space for toiletries. Dorm room bathrooms are typically shared, utilitarian affairs, so portable storage like this stylish Okroo Shower Caddy Tote is necessary to keep all your bath essentials in one handy, portable place.
The Secret Storage SolutionHome Solutions Premium Adjustable Bed Risers
You know how IKEA showrooms often make even the smallest of spaces look comfortable and liveable? They often use a lofted bed in order to maximize storage. While you probably can’t get away with that in a dorm, these Premium Adjustable Bed Risers are the next best thing.
Stay CoolPXTAI Mini Portable Desk Fan
Few dorms have central air or great ventilation systems, which means the air can quickly grow stale and stuffy. This Mini Portable Desk Fan from PXTAI keeps air circulating wherever you need it, thanks to a portable design and fully rotatable head.
Breathe DeepPure Enrichment PureZone 3-in-1 HEPA Air Purifier
Sure, your dorm room was cleaned before you moved in, but how are you going to make sure it stays allergen- and irritant-free? This compact yet powerful HEPA Air Purifier filters out more than 99 percent of dust, pollen and mold spores for a fresher, cleaner room.
Live Out LoudAnker SoundCore Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The days of lugging around cumbersome stereo equipment are over thanks to portable Bluetooth speakers like the Anker SoundCore. It delivers clear, powerful sound from the dorms to the quad and beyond. This unit features a weather-resistant coating and provides long-lasting playtime. One charge can last for up to 24 hours!
The Perfect WeekenderCAMTOP Weekender Travel Bag
Whether you’re going home for the weekend or taking a spontaneous road trip with friends, a roomy and stylish weekender bag is a college must-have. This canvas bag from CAMTOP fits everything you need, from clothes to toiletries, with style. It can also be used as a gym bag or for extra storage.
Support YourselfWOWMAX Triangular Support Pillow
For the student who does their best reading and studying in bed, this triangular support pillow will lessen strain on the neck and back for a better, more comfortable study session. Plus, it doubles as a decorative headboard and comes in a variety of sizes for a perfect fit.
Show Off Friends and FamilyMkono Hanging Photo Display
It can be hard being away from friends and family for the first time, so put loved ones on display with this Mkono Hanging Photo Display. It will instantly brighten up any room and comes with 25 wooden clips that you can use to create a custom work of art from treasured photos, concert tickets or anything else near and dear.
Brighten Up Your SpaceSafavieh Round Area Rug
Simply put, dorm rooms are ugly. It can be hard to feel at home in a nondescript box that’s remained the same despite so many other students having stayed there before. Fortunately, one of the easiest ways to transform such a bland space is to add a humble area rug, like this one from Safavieh.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little StarYlife 33ft. LED String Lights
Dorm room lights can be harsh and unflattering, so soften the lighting scheme with these twinkling string LED lights from Ylife. Their low voltage means they stay cool to the touch, so there's no possibility of setting the room on fire.
Sweet DreamsBedStory Memory Foam Mattress Topper
There’s no getting around it: Dorm beds are pretty rough. When you have a stiff, all-purpose mattress that feels more like a torture device than a comfy dream-chamber, a plush mattress topper like this memory foam model from BedStory can ensure a good night’s sleep.
Burn the Midnight OilLuminoLight Rechargeable Book Light
Living with a roommate means adapting to their schedule to a degree. If it’s time to hit the books when they’re ready to hit the hay, keep everyone happy with this clip-on book light from LuminoLight. Its powerful LED light easily lights up a college textbook, while the flexible neck adjusts instantly to any position.
Stay HydratedAquaBliss 10-Cup Water Filter Pitcher
It seems like such a simple thing, but staying hydrated isn’t always easy in the dry, heated conditions of a dorm in winter. A handy trick is to keep a water pitcher on hand. This one from Aquabliss holds up to 10 cups of much-needed water and makes it much more palatable.
Protect Your FeetShowaflops Women’s Antimicrobial Water Sandals
An unpleasant fact of college life is that taking a shower in the dorm bathroom is more like being at the gym than back home. Stay protected from germs and bacteria with these antimicrobial water sandals from Showaflops. They’re as stylish as they are practical with a trendy pyramid stud design and slip-resistant soles.
Work Anywhere, AnytimeRelaxTime Lap Desk
Trying to balance a computer or tablet on your lap can be awkward and even painful. Plus, restricted airflow can cause devices to overheat, potentially causing major damage to the fragile components inside.Luckily, this ergonomically-designed lap desk from RelaxTime keeps your tablet or laptop safe and secure (and legs cool!) wherever you go.
On-the-go OrganizationVancropak Water Resistant Laptop Backpack with USB Charger
Made of water-resistant canvas and packed with ingenious features like a built-in USB charger, this Vancropak backpack is designed with students’ needs in mind. It’s sturdy enough to handle all the books needed for a full day of classes, and stylish enough to keep long after graduating.
Plug It InAmazonBasics 3-Outlet Surge Protector with USB Ports
The 3-outlet surge protector from AmazonBasics is a handy piece of hardware college students can use every day. It helps protect electronics from sudden power surges while adding additional outlets and USB ports for extra charging capacity.
Be Your Own NurseFirst Aid 299-Piece All-Purpose Kit
Save yourself a trip to the infirmary all the way across campus with this comprehensive first aid kit. From minor cuts and scrapes to burns and headaches, this lightweight and portable kit has everything you need to turn your dorm room into an impromptu doctor’s office.
No More WrinklesEssentials by Tracy Lynn Travel Steamer
A full ironing board isn't practical in a dorm room, which is why this travel steamer is a dorm room essential. Instead of dealing with a bulky ironing table, just hang up the item, turn on the steamer, and a few minutes later, that shirt or dress looks like it came straight from the cleaners.
Ditch the CablesPowerWave Pad 10W Max
The more cables you have, the more tangled they get. That's why you should try the PowerWave Pad 10W Max instead. While this fast and efficient charger still needs to be plugged in itself, all you need to do is rest your phone on the charger pad for it to work — no cable needed. The round design doesn’t take up too much room, and the charger even works through phone cases up to five millimeters thick.
The Bedside HelperBedshelfie
If there’s no room for a nightstand to keep a phone and other small items close to the bed, the Bedshelfie is the perfect solution. It quickly attaches to the bed frame with no tools or assembly required and is strong enough to keep books, coffee cups, laptops and more within easy reach.
No More MessDecoBros Desk Caddy
Constantly searching for highlighters or a pencil can be a major distraction while studying, which is why this desk caddy from DecoBros is a dorm must-have. Its compact design doesn't take up much space even as it keeps everything needed within reach.
Sleep in StyleAmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-in-a-Bag
The right bed sheets, like the right mattress, can make all the difference in getting a good sleep; they should be cool and comfortable (and it doesn’t hurt if they’re stylish, too). This 5-piece bed-in-a-bag set from AmazonBasics delivers classic style with contemporary comfort and comes with everything you need for a good night’s sleep.
Write It DownRoomMates Dry Erase Wall Calendar Decal
Sure, there are phone apps to take notes, but when trying to coordinate schedules with a roommate or marking off that big game or test, it’s easier to go old-school with a dry erase wall calendar. It’s a breeze to change from month-to-month, and having a daily visual reminder means you’re less likely to forget important dates and events.
A Dorm Bathroom EssentialPinzon Terry Bathrobe
Along with trusty shower sandals and a toiletry tote, a cozy terry bathrobe is absolutely essential for dealing with dorm bathrooms. It’s the perfect pre and post-shower cover-up and helps alleviate the awkwardness of navigating public spaces in your pajamas.