Dorm Room Essentials Every College Student Needs To Thrive

Students making a bed in their college dorm room

Starting college can be an exciting and nerve-racking journey. Having the right room essentials can make all the difference.

Whether moving into a dormitory or an off-campus apartment, equipping your room with the proper household supplies and study appliances can enhance your overall college experience. Luckily, we made a list of must-have room objects for college students to help them stay organised, maximise their productivity, and create a home away from home.

Comfortable Bedding Supplies

Nothing shrieks "dorm life" like an uncomfortable single mattress, and a good night's sleep is essential for academic success. Invest in comfortable bedding and buy supplies that reflect your style while ensuring ease and durability.


The Best Bedding Types To Buy 

  • Comfortable sheets and pillowcases (2 sets, and check with the college dorm for the size needed — some single mattresses are extra long.)
  • Towels 
  • Pillows
  • Mattress pad if the place isn't furnished. Check with your college/residence for the size needed if they only supply a bed frame.
  • Blankets
  • Bedspread/comforter
  • Clothes hangers
  • Mini sewing kit (believe us, you don't want to have to head home every time a button pops off)
  • Laundry basket
  • Lint brush


Study Essentials

Student studying at a desk


You want to somehow succeed  this semester among the endless parties? Then you’d better gear up! A reliable desk lamp will provide ample lighting for late-night study sessions, and a comfortable desk chair with proper back support is a must to keep you comfortable during long hours of studying. 


Gear Needed for Successful Studies

  • A steady supply of pens and pencils
  • Pencil holder and sharpener
  • Notebooks 
  • Sticky notes
  • Stapler and staples
  • Whiteboard or cork board for reminders and important dates
  • Electronic storage media (memory cards and USB flash drives)
  • Printer paper (if you have a printer, otherwise this is entirely pointless)
  • Notebooks
  • Folder with pockets
  • Labels of various sizes
  • 3 × 5 index cards (flash cards might be the one thing standing between passing or failing this semester)
  • Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colours for the win!)
  • Ruler
  • Stamps and envelopes


Technological Tools 

College student working on a laptop


Modern studies require modern tools. In today's digital age, technology is integral to college life, so you’ll need a reliable laptop or computer with the necessary software installed. 


Tech Tools To Tighten Your Studies 

  • A printer can be handy for printing assignments, notes, and important documents. 
  • Power strips, extension cords and 3-2 prong adapters will help you manage multiple electronic devices efficiently.
  • Laptop and laptop stand/display for easy use to read and take notes
  • Portable speakers — in the hustle and bustle of busy dorm life, having white noise or soothing sounds drown out the outside world will be a lifesaver. Alternatively, a great set of headphones will work wonders.
  • HDMI cord if you have multiple monitors (absolute game-changer, trust us!)
  • A separate ethernet cord for the computer if your room has wireless. There's nothing worse than slow-acting internet when rushing to submit a large assignment. 
  • Surge protectors for any sudden power outages at the worst time.


Kitchen Equipment 

Students cooking and laughing together


Cooking in a communal space doesn't need to be a life-or-death situation. Even if you’re living in an  accommodation with a fully furnished kitchen, having some cooking tools  in your room for personal use can ease up the mind and belly.


Kitchen Equipment To Keep in “Stock” 

  • Microwave 
  • Mini-fridge 
  • Electric kettle
  • Toaster oven 
  • Simple cookware like pans, pots, and dining utensils. 
  • Microwave-safe plates, bowls, and storage containers for any leftovers (especially when you're heading back from a family Sunday lunch)


Personal Care Products 

Someone pampering themself in their college dorm room


Take care of your body it's the only one you’ve got! Remember to pack a shower caddy with all your much-needed products to and from the bathroom to prevent any public bathroom waddling back to the dorm for an essential piece you forgot.

Powerful Personal Care Products

  • Personal towel 
  • A bathrobe 
  • Shower shoes (never walk barefoot in a communal shower!) 
  • First aid kit (college can get wild)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Hair dryer/straightener/curling iron
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask


Decorative Touches

 A student decorating their dorm room


Your dorm or apartment will be your headquarters/homebase/fortress for an entire year at least. Adding personal touches to your space can make it feel more like home. And remember that decor isn't just about looks and aesthetics; it's functional too! 

Be mindful of any restrictions or guidelines regarding room decorations in your college's housing guidelines.


Decorative Touches To Die For

  • Posters, photographs, or artwork that reflect your personality and interests 
  • Wall decals, string lights, and a cosy rug can add warmth and create a welcoming atmosphere 
  • Adding extra seating is much more welcoming to guests than offering them a single desk chair or the floor 


Space-Saving Storage Solutions 

Students packing away and storing their items in their college dorm room


Managing your space matters a lot in dorms since you're typically limited to working with small areas. Efficient storage solutions are crucial to surviving and thriving in this new environment. 


Space-Saving Storage Solutions 

  • Stackable desk trays
  • Under-bed storage containers
  • Hanging shelves
  • Collapsible bins 
  • Shoe racks
  • Dividers 


Creating a functional and cushy living space will improve your overall well-being and academic success. Good luck on your college journey!

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