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10 Must-Have Dorm Room Accessories


These essential dorm room accessories can help you make the most of your time in college, both in terms of your academic life and – just as importantly – your social life. When decorating your dorm room, make these items a priority.

1. Laptop

This is probably the most important of the dorm room accessories. You’ll use your laptop for everything, from writing papers to taking notes in class to keeping up with old and new friends on Facebook (although preferably not during class). That’s why choosing the right laptop for college is so important!

2. Printer

Although most campuses offer printing facilities, it’s way easier to have your own printer among your dorm room accessories. I didn’t have my own printer in college, so I speak from experience!

Talk with your roommate about who’s going to bring the printer — you probably don’t need two of them.

3. Stereo or iPod speakers

Essential! Speakers are great both for drowning out the noise from your neighbor’s room and for getting the party vibe going (and annoying your neighbor) when you have people in your room.

4. Reading lamp

A reading lamp is necessary not only for (duh) reading, but also to make your dorm room way cozier than the fluorescent lights you’ll find in most student housing.

5.Wrinkle-release spray

Let’s face it — even if your mom made you pack an ironing board and iron, the likelihood that you’re ever going to use it is slim to none. So if you waited to fold/hang up your clothes, a little wrinkle-release spray is a life-saver.

6. Backpack

A backpack is one of the dorm room accessories that you should always pack for college. I was super anti-backpack for my first semester and rocked a trendy shoulder bag. Then I realized that carrying books around was way more pleasant when I was balancing the load on two shoulders. Also, a backpack might seem dorky, but it’s certainly better than scoliosis!

7. Slippers and flip-flops

Two types of footwear fall into the essential dorm room accessories category. Flip-flops are a must in dorms in order to avoid catching athlete’s foot and other similar not-so-fun things from shared showers. Slippers are great for lounging around the dorm — and keeping your feet warm!

8. Mini-fridge and microwave

Okay, these aren’t really dorm room accessories so much as they are functional items — but they’re great to have, so I’m including them on this list anyway! Double check your dorm’s policies, as some colleges no longer allow students to bring these items (while others will provide them for you).

Also, if you’re looking to save some money in college, it’s a good idea to split these big-ticket items with a roommate if possible.

9. Air freshener

Dorm rooms can get funky from the food, dirty laundry and other everyday items you and your roommate will stash there. Many dorms don’t allow items like candles or incense, so having something like Febreeze on hand can be a much-appreciated way to freshen up your room.

10. Your comfort item

Whether it’s pictures of friends from home, your favorite DVD or your childhood blanket (we won’t tell!), be sure to decorate your dorm room with at least one key comfort item. College is an amazing experience, but everyone has bad days. A reliable old comfort item is one of those indispensable dorm room accessories for when you get stressed.



4 Responses to “10 Must-Have Dorm Room Accessories”

  1. You're Awful Says:

    THIS is what passes for “help” for college students? By far, this is the biggest piece of crap / waste of time I’ve ever read. Who wouldn’t ALREADY BE BRINGING this stuff to college?

    Ugh…

  2. Ronen at University Language Says:

    I realize that we may not have included everything on this list – this is just a few essentials that we wanted to make sure people know to bring. What is obvious to some people, may not be obvious to others. In any case, we are always open to suggestions from our readers, so if you have any other must-haves that you would add to the list, we’d love to hear them.

  3. Ty Henning Says:

    Thanks for this list, got most of them but a few key ideas helped a lot!

  4. Ronen at University Language Says:

    You’re welcome, Ty! Glad to be of help! Let us know if you have any other ideas of must-have things for your dorm room. Best of luck!

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