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Dorm Room Essentials: 10 Must-Have Items That Will Make Your College Life So Much Better!

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Texas chapter.

Are you heading off to college soon and wondering what to bring for your dorm room? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a list of 10 near neccessities for the incoming freshman. From storage solutions to cozy bedding, these essentials will help you make the most of your small space.

Mattress Topper

Let’s face it, dorm room mattresses are not always the most comfortable (or well clean). A mattress topper can help you get a good night’s sleep and add some much needed padding to soften up the old block.

Desk Lamp

Late night study sessions are inevitable in college. A desk lamp will provide the necessary lighting without disturbing your roommate.

Shower caddy

Keep your shower essentials organized and within reach with a handy shower caddy. Definitely a must if you share a bathroom.

Power Strip

With all of the electronics we use on a daily basis, outlets can be hard to come by. A power strip will allow you to charge multiple devices at once.


Dorm rooms can get stuffy and hot, especially in the summer, and many older buildings do not allow residents to change the temperature. A fan will keep you cool and comfortable.

Wall Art

Make your dorm room feel like home with some wall art. Whether it’s posters, photos, or tapestries, adding some personality to your walls will make your space feel more inviting.

storage bins

Maximize your space with storage bins. They’re perfect for storing clothes, books, and other items that you don’t use every day. Since the beds are lofted so high, these are perfect for tucking into nooks and under the lofts.


Residence hall food is…not the best. Invest in some vitamins or supplements if you’re a picky eater.

First aid kit

Keep pain relievers, fever reducers, and general first aid items on hand. You’ll need them for the little scrapes and bends in life.

good bedding!!!

I cannot emphasize enough how important sleep is for good physical, mental, and emotional health. Invest in comfortable and supportive pillows and blankets for your bed.

There you have it, folks! Our top 10 must-have items for dorm room living. These essentials will help you make the most of your small space and create a cozy, functional home away from home. Happy dorm room decorating!

Vanna Chen

Texas '23

Senior Computer Science Major Sleepy, Funny, Addicted to Kombucha