7 More Things College Freshmen Should Have in Their Dorm Room

7 More Things College Freshmen Should Have in Their Dorm Room

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After the success of my post titled “10 Things Every College Freshman Should Have in Their Dorm“, I’ve decided to do a follow-up post. There are a lot more things that students should have in their dorms. Below are seven more items that college freshmen should bring with them to their dorm room.

Bed Sheets

The first item on the list is bed sheets. Your school doesn’t provide you sheets. Even if they did, I’m not sure I’d use the. You will need to bring sheets with you. Make sure that you have four sets that you can rotate with.


Hangers are a must. Hanging up your clothes eliminates space. It also makes ironing certain items easier. Twenty hangers should be a good number to start with.

Shower shoes

Dorm showers are not always the cleanest. If you don’t have a shower in your room, there is a chance that you could be sharing it with everyone else that lives on your floor. Make sure you have showers shoes. Showers can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Laundry Bag

A laundry bag is another great item to bring with you to college. It can serve as a small dirty clothes hamper. You can also carry more clothes in the bag than you could a pillow case. You don’t want to get the cheapest laundry bag because you want it to last a little while.

Air Freshener

The next item on the list is air freshener. Everyone needs a bottle or two of some fresh air freshener. I don’t know how else to say it, but sometimes people are just nasty and can smell. You also need to have some air freshener so that you can keep your room and bathroom smelling good.


Dorms don’t provide pillows.  Make sure you bring a couple of them with you. A good pillow isn’t too expensive. Pillows make your nights rest so much better.


I actually should have listed this on my first list of items. You need to make sure you have your own toiletries. This includes soap, toothpaste, lotion, etc.

Those are seven more items that every college freshman should bring with them to their dorm room.

I have a small hypothetical question for you guys and gals. Imagine that your first day of college is only two days away. You haven’t finished shopping yet. You need to purchase a laptop, an alarm clock, and some pillows. Suppose you have $500 to use to purchase the items.

What would you get for your dorm room?

Don’t forget the total has to be $500 or less.

Let’s use the prices on Amazons back to school section (they have a huge variety of things). I will go first.

I would get the Dell Inspiron laptop, Timex color changing alarm clock and the Dream Supreme Plus Gel pillow set.

Now it’s your turn!!



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  1. I’d add to the list a sleep mask to block out the sunlight so you can sleep in when needed and some earbuds to block out the sound of the roommates snoring and/or partying to you can get some much needed rest before big final. 🙂
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  2. Laptops are KIND OF getting rid of the need for a TV, but I still think getting a TV or large computer monitor can pay off dividends. TV is still the best way to chill and hang out, especially if you are in a dorm.
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  3. I could get all of them for 500 dollars. I would have to skimp on the labtop and buy a cheap one. These are good ideas!
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  4. Jason- I would make one more suggestion. Put on a mattress cover before you put on the sheets.
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  5. I always imagined college life in the US to be like Animal House…don’t burst my bubble with shower slippers 🙂
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  6. Excellent suggestions Jason! But I like the TV too:)
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  7. Good list Jason – I would go to Renewed computers for the laptop, an alarm clock from the Dollar Store, pillows and pillow protectors from Walmart and have enough money left over to buy those neat shower shoes.
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  8. William Rusho

    College was a fun time for me. I know I could of used much more of these items than what I brought with me. Good advice.

  9. I have always carried all the stuff you have mentioned above , even more , while joining university.
    I will go for laptop , coffee maker and blander.
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  10. I don’t think that link is taking me to the same page you are looking at, but I can tell you how I would do this. I’d get the cheapest possible alarm clock, two cheap pillows, then spend what’s left on the best laptop I could afford.
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  11. Antibacterial wipes to clean multiple surfaces and rubbing alcohol to remove anything sticky!

  12. Jason, these lists are great. I think you should make a master list and make it printable/downloadable. That would have been so useful to me when I was going off to college and had no idea what I would need!
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  13. I’m glad to see shower sandals made the list! I’m a light sleeper so I agree with Susan’s suggestion of ear plugs.

  14. Thanks, this was great information. Your blog is a good resource tool. I appreciate it.
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  15. It would be unfortunate for someone to forget toiletries, but I’m sure it happens. I think more important is having your toiletries in a big that is easy to transport to and from the bathroom, unless you are lucky enough to live in a dorm where your room is connected to one.