With the school year winding down you will soon begin buying stuff for your college dorm room. While making the list of things needed for your future home, don’t forget these college dorm room essentials that can make your dorm a little better. Remember, just because you live in a dorm doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable, clean, and content!
With the same mattress being used for years it’s best to have a cover just for hygiene reasons. Plus, it makes your bed more comfortable.
2. Shower Caddy
If you are living in a community-style dorm, you will have to share community showers with on average 30 other people. A shower caddy will be your best friend in this case, as it will make trips to and from the shower extremely easier.
3. Shower Shoes
If you are staying in a traditional dorm with community showers these are a must! (You don’t want to know what has been on these shower floors).
4. Memo Board
Memo boards are perfect for communicating between roomies or just keeping important papers accessible.
5. Extra Chairs or Beanbags
Once you start making friends you’ll need the extra seats for everyone when they start to crowd in your room.
6. A Surge Protector AND Extension Cord
Plugins in dorm rooms are very limited so to make your life easier, invest in a surge protector to get all the plugins right where you need them.
7. A Portable Speaker
This wireless portable speaker by Samsung is a must. Not only for bumping tunes in your dorm, but for bringing anywhere on the go as well! It comes with Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a stand – and it’s also waterproof.
If you are a college student, don’t forget to sign up for the Samsung student discount program through Studentrate. Create a Studentrate account with a valid .edu email address here from your current school. You will get access to Samsung exclusive student discount program with up to an additional 20% off regular pricing.
8. Bed Risers
If your school doesn’t allow you to loft your bed, try bed lifters to add storage to your room.
Since candles are not allowed in a dorm, essential oil diffusers and sprays are a great alternative when you want to switch up the scent.
10. Bedside Storage
The storage space in dorms is very limited as well. So, to add more space, invest in a bedside shelving unit. There you can place your laptop, cellphone, and other things that you will probably need quick access to.
11. Storage Tools
Get cute bins and storage tools to keep make-up, jewelry, and other things organized. (And of course to decorate your dorm room).
Having a tote will make trips to and from the washroom easier. (Because trust me, it’s not a fun one).
Hang up your tapestry and other things without leaving holes in your furniture.
14. Emergency Kit
Keep a kit stocked with Band-Aids and other essentials for when accidents happen. (Because they will).
15. Back up Alarm Clock/Charger
All of us usually use our phones to wake up in the morning… But phones often run out of battery, get dropped and break, fall in cups of beer, etc… Having a backup alarm clock to make sure you wake up for your big test is pretty smart!
BONUS: Awesome Roommates
Your first year away from home can be hard. Find roommates that can stand beside you through the experience. This will make dorm life way easier.
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Natalie is a journalism major at the University of Alabama. She has a love for cookie, cats, and crafts. She also has a thing for music and art.