Everything Your College Kid Needs for Going Back to School in Style

Make sure your college student is set to head back to school with these dorm essentials. From cozy bedding to must-have tech finds, we've rounded up everything they're going to need.

Gray and white dorm room with white rolling cart, grid-style pillows, and a cube shelf on the right
Grid with blue bedding, sheet set, and white body pillow photo

Dorm Room Bedding

Staying on top of classes, extracurriculars, and a social life requires getting a restful night's sleep. You may not be able to control when your young scholar goes to bed, but you can give them the necessary pieces for creating a sleeping sanctuary. This comforter set comes in several different colors and has a fun zigzag design that complements most room styles. These sheets also have several color options and feel just like a soft t-shirt thanks to their jersey-knit fabric. Finally, a body pillow can be used to transform a bed into a couch, provide extra back support, and create a plush barrier between the bed and the wall; and this one scored over 3,000 positive reviews!

Dorm Room Bath

Communal showers are a downside of dorm life, but that doesn't mean you can't equip your undergrad with some cute (and functional!) bathroom accessories. This plastic shower caddy holds soaps, shampoos, and other hygiene products, and features holes at the bottom so water drains without molding. And don't forget fresh towels! This absorbent towel set is currently 50 percent off, coming in an assortment of colors and including two washcloths, hand towels, and bath towels for only $30. Lastly, a bath wrap with velcro closures will keep them covered (and comfortable) when walking from the bathroom to their bedroom.

Dorm Room Kitchen

Stocking a dorm kitchen won't require as many gadgets as an apartment, but there are still some essentials you'll want to pick up. First on the shopping list: this Westinghouse Microwave. With 600 watts of cooking power, six heating levels, and incremental timer it can whip up meals and snacks quickly. Next, your student is also going to need this Danby mini fridge, which earned over 1,000 positive reviews and comes in several sizing options to best fit their space. Lastly, every college kid needs caffeine to power through those all-nighters. Instead of running to Starbucks, have them use this mini Keurig to make their favorite coffees, teas, and hot cocoas right from the comfort of their dorm room. Pro tip: Before shopping for appliances, check the college's dorm rules as some electronics (like toasters) might not be allowed.

Dorm Room Laundry and Storage

Collapsible, portable, and featuring strong handles, this hamper makes carrying laundry easier—regardless if they're washing it in the dorm or bringing it home on their next visit. The trick to keeping a small space organized is utilizing vertical space, and this over-the-door organizer does just that. Its 24 pockets are perfect for storing shoes, organizing toiletries, or even using as a makeshift pantry for snacks. Finally, instead of sending them off with generic plastic cubes, give your student this sturdy drawer tower. Featuring four drawers in a woven basket pattern, it's a stylish storage solution they're sure to love.

Dorm Room Tech

When it comes to living with roommates, these headphones will be your student's best friend. The noise-canceling feature eliminates distracting sounds while the swivel earcups fold together for portability. Your college kid will also appreciate this square power strip. Inspired by a Rubik's Cube, it has three regular outlets and three USB ports for charging computers, phones, and other devices. Last but not least, every undergrad needs a printer. The HP Envy is an excellent pick for dorm life as it can print, copy, and scan without taking up too much desk space.

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