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DORM ROOM ESSENTIALS
So you’re going off to college! What do you need for your dorm room? Here is a list of college dorm room essentials that you can get on a budget!
Your dorm will be your new home away from home and you want to make it as comfortable as you can but you also don’t want to go into debt doing it.
College is expensive enough right?
That’s why I created this list of affordable dorm room essentials.
When doing my research, I found that Amazon has some really great prices on dorm essentials.
And guess what?
So don’t forget to take advantage of the 6 Free Months of Amazon Prime here! Even if you never buy anything you can still take advantage of free books, magazines, music and more as a Prime member.
Now let’s get right to the list!
LIST OF DORM ROOM ESSENTIALS
Dorm Room Bedding Essentials
Bedding can be the most important essential because you want to be comfortable in your new home right?
NOTE: The first thing you want to do is to check to see what size beds are in your dorm (ex. twin or twin XL).
I also found some affordable pillows too but Walmart and Kohl’s can get you the best deals on pillows so be on the lookout wherever you shop.
You can also just take your old pillow with you for now, whatever works for you!
There is limited space in the dorm so I recommend getting thin velvet hangers. My favorite ones are the velvet lined ones because you can fit so much more in the closet. Plus your clothes will not fall to the floor and get lost.
You can find some affordably priced here. I found a 30 pack for around $13!
Laundry Basket or Bag for the Dorm Room
You can check them out here.
Bathroom Bin or Tote
A bathroom bin or tote is needed to carry all your essential bath items with you easily to the shower.
You can get one pretty much anywhere even Dollar Tree but if you’re shopping on Amazon anyway (remember students get 6 months of Amazon Prime free!) then you can grab one for under $10 easily.
Check some out here. The one below can go right into the shower with you and dries quickly!
Shower Shoes or Flip Flops
You will most likely be sharing your shower with a bunch of other students so you will want to protect your feet. I got lucky in college as I only shared my bathroom with three other girls, two of which were never home so my roommate and I pretty much had a bathroom right across the hall all to ourselves.
I know it’s not that easy for others, some have to travel down hallways to get to the shower and then have to share it with many other students so you will want to have some shower shoes and/or flip-flops.
You can get them pretty much anywhere you shop.
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Dorm rooms are small and you will definitely need storage! Under the bed storage is the best to keep items out of the way and allow for more space in the room.
Think about how the dorm room is set up and seek storage that fits your needs. You can check out some options here.
Most people use their phones these days but its always good to have a real backup in case the phone dies etc you never know right? If you can fit it in the budget I would grab an affordable alarm clock.
Bedside Lamp/ Desk Lamp
You will want to have some lighting so that you can study in your dorm when not in the library. A bedside or desk lamp is good because if your roommate wants to sleep you won’t be disturbing them with light.
You can grab a lamp that clips to anything like the one below so you can clip it wherever convenient. The one below was under $10 when I wrote this post. You can check it out here.
If you know your dormmate you may be able to split the cost of a small refrigerator. While it may be a big expense at first, it will save you money in the long run. Being able to stock water and other beverages will save you from having to buy them out of a vending machine before or after class.
You can also store food and leftovers. I found the one below for around $100. You can check it out here.
Depending on the way you eat you may also opt to bring a microwave, blender or even a slow cooker. I love the 6 in 1 Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Sauté, Steamer, and Warmer. It’s a great all in one cooker that can keep food warm all day.
Other Dorm Room Essentials You May Need/Want
Bed Risers (allows for more under bed storage)
Bedside Caddy (Great Space Saver)
When making your dorm list buy what you absolutely need and want to make you comfortable and what will save you money over time (like the refrigerator and slow cooker).
You may find you want to add a few more items after you have lived in your dorm for a couple months. Also be sure to take advantage of the 6 Month Free of Amazon Prime for students!
If Free isn’t a good enough reason to sign up then you can check out my article: Is Amazon Prime Worth it?