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10 Back to College Must Haves for the Authentic Girl

By now, you’ve started compiling that ever-growing back to college shopping list and searching for all sorts of items online to compliment your personal style. Moving to college is a big step, and it’s also a chance to reinvent your new space and school supplies! So why settle for boring, basic gear when you could have the best products that show off your authenticity?

eBay is the only shopping destination for collegiettes who value their individuality and want products that scream “me.” With everything from chic dorm decor to the latest in college fashion, eBay truly has everything a girl could need. Here are just a few of our favorite essentials! 

1. Twin XL Sheets 

Beautiful bedding is the key decor staple that ties a room together, so make sure to pick sheets you’ll love all year long! From colorful geometric patterns to neutral, soft hues, eBay has endless sheet options so you can truly customize your space to fit your personality.

2. Laundry Hamper

Laundry in your dorm usually mean dealing with communal, coin-operated machines, so a cute laundry basket makes this tedious chore ~so~ much more fun. eBay’s huge selection of hampers offers options for both aesthetic and productivity. Plus, who ever said you couldn’t incorporate personal style into your laundry routine?!

3. String Lights

We’re all about that ambiance! Find the perfect lighting style to transform your bedroom into a reading nook or relaxing getaway from class. eBay’s dorm lighting options starts at just $5.99, so you can choose from Himalayan rock salt lamps, geometric floor lamps, white string lights and more to give your dorm or apartment that homey feel.

4. Mandala Tapestry

Are you even a college student if you don’t have a tapestry hanging on your wall? Seriously, this is a must-have not only because it brightens up a plain dorm, but is a huge statement piece for showing others your personality. Your friends will love looking at your mandala tapestry whenever they hang out in your room! 

5. On-Trend Backpack

Your college backpack will compliment your look every day when you go to class, so make sure to choose a bag that’s as authentic as you are! eBay has a huge selection of top brands from Herschel Supply Co. to JanSport to Toms, and you’re sure to find something to fit your needs. The only struggle? Picking just one when ALL the options are ridiculously cute!

6. Sports Apparel

One of the best parts of college is the amazing sporting events. When you go back to college with eBay, you can narrow down your product search to your specific university. Talk about customization! Shop for cute NCAA apparel, and get a jump on representing your college’s team. Whether it’s a glittery Gators t-shirt or a South Carolina spirit jersey, there’s nothing like heading to the stadium in your college colors, chanting your school songs and enjoying a cheesy soft pretzel.

7. Jeans for every occasion

Ripped, boyfriend, skinny, bootcut or flare—the world is your oyster. There’s no need to go to a department store for jeans when you can shop your favorite brands on eBay! Versatile jeans are a must for class, sorority socials and casual days at your internship, so find the perfect pair to highlight your personal style.

8. Keurig

If there’s one thing you’ll learn in college, it’s that coffee is your best friend. Save some cash by skipping the Starbucks line, and instead, invest in Keurig! Not only can you brew various drink sizes, but the Keurig also creates a lot more than coffee if you’re a tea or cocoa lover. eBay has endless options so you can find the right price and look to compliment your lifestyle.

9. Apple Laptop

If you’re looking for a college laptop, then eBay’s the place. You can search by family (like Air or Pro), release year, screen size, memory, hard drive capacity and condition. All those custom searches make it easy to find a laptop customized for you! From watching Netflix to writing a paper, eBay is the best place to find Apple offerings.

10. Headband Headphones

College dorms aren’t known for being the quietest of places, which means a pair of headphones is a must for some noise-cancelling privacy and also for enhancing your look. Jamming to your favorite playlist just got that much more stylish, and so did listening back to important lectures or podcast for class! Plus, 80 percent of eBay’s items are new and 87 percent are Buy It Now (which means you don’t need to bid and can get it right away!) guarantees the best tech shopping experience.

Clearly, eBay really does have it all. Nowhere else will you be given such diversity in your back to college shopping experience, and the chance to pick from a range of products that truly highlight your authentic self. Happy shopping, collegiettes!

Gina was formerly the Beauty & Culture Editor at Her Campus, where she oversaw content and strategy for the site's key verticals. She was also the person behind @HerCampusBeauty, and all those other glowy selfies you faved. She got her start in digital media as a Campus Correspondent at HC Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she graduated in 2017 with degrees in English and Theater. Now, Gina is an LA-based writer and editor, and you can regularly find her wearing a face mask in bed and scrolling through TikTok.
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Lexi Sheldon

U Mass Amherst '16

Lexi is Associate, Integrated Marketing at Her Campus Media. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in May 2016 where she studied Journalism and Communication. Prior to joining the national team, Lexi was a contributor and social media editor for the Her Campus chapter at UMass Amherst. Her Digital Marketing internship at Elle Magazine inspired her to pursue a career in marketing. In her free time Lexi enjoys catching up on her favorite fashion blogs, running, reading and planning her next adventure.