Dorm Room Must-Haves for Every College Student

Two students chatting in a dormitory room. (iStock photo)

College is the start of your independence, the time you a get feel for adulting. But, if you don’t do it right and start with some necessities, it can be hard to get off on the right foot. Don’t shop for your dorm room essentials at the very last minute, prepare with plenty of time ahead to be sure you get everything you need.

To help you along, here are 7 dorm room must-haves for your upcoming adventure!

Laundry basket or hamper

You won’t have a washer and dryer handy in your dorm room, so it’s important to have a way to transport your clothes to a nearby laundromat. Also, a place to store your dirty clothes is essential, too. Baskets or hampers can be patterned or colorful which can blend with the rest of your belongings. If you don’t want it out for everyone to see, you can tuck it away under your bed or inside a wardrobe. Athletes, you may want a hamper with a top on it to help cut down that smell!

Desk lamp

When you’re in college, you can always count on late night study sessions, or sometimes just staying up all hours of the night. If you do either of those things and you have a roommate who requires their 8 hours of sleep each night, a desk lamp will be crucial to harmonious living. It also gives you more direct light than an overhead light, making more productive study sessions!

Bed Linens/Mattress Cover

Just to remind you, you’re not the first person to sleep in that bed and you surely won’t be the last. Although they’re likely disinfected, you don’t know what kind of germs that bed carriers. Do yourself a favor and buy a mattress cover. Don’t worry, nobody will see it because you’ll have sheets to cover it up, and yes, you’ll need those, too. Sheets, pillows and a comforter are must-haves. You will be sleeping in that bed for the next 9 months, make it comfy!

Late night study, student desk in low light. (iStock photo)


You’re probably prepared to come into college expecting to eat nothing but Ramen noodles for the next four-years. Well, you won’t. In fact, you’re going to become quite savvy with microwave cooking. There are lots of microwavable recipes you can make in and those require dishes to cook with and utensils to eat your gourmet meal. At the very least, start with some plates, cups and bowls.

Cleaning supplies

Having a comfortable living space usually means keeping it clean. Buy disinfecting spray (especially since you’ll have roommates), some dish soap, cleaning gloves, sponges and disinfecting wipes. Clean your surfaces often and your room will smell good and be mostly germ free!

Vacuum cleaner

Some dorm rooms have carpet and if yours is one of them, a vacuum will be your best friend. In case you haven’t noticed, carpet collects everything you track in from the outside. You can minimize a messy floor by not wearing your shoes inside, but dust and dirt particles still collect. Vacuuming weekly should keep the mess down.

Extension cords and power strips

Living in a dorm means your space is limited and so are your pow

er outlets. Think of all the electronics we have. How can you charge all of that? What if your computer dies and you have a paper you need to write? A power strip will provide more than one source of electricity for anything you need.

When moving into college, it’s important to remember you need all those things that make every day living simpler. If you’re not sure what you need, most colleges offer a dorm room move-in check list on their housing website. Go check it out!

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Michele Crew is a writer for meggamag. When she's not writing, you can find her taking pictures or spending time with loved ones.

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