College Dorm Must Haves

As an incoming college freshman, it can be very overwhelming figuring out what classes to register for, deciding where you will live and what meal plan you want to have, and just simply getting in the groove of things in the next chapter in your life. Figuring out what you will need, buying these things, and then moving everything in is something that is very stressful even though it doesn’t have to be. I have compiled a list of the top 6 must have items for your college dorm to hopefully help alleviate some of the stress that comes with all the tasks of being a college freshman.


  1. Twin XL Foam Mattress Topper

Mattresses in dorm rooms are by far one of the most uncomfortable things that many people will sleep on. When living in a dorm, you must sleep in this bed every night for roughly 8 months. The best way to make your bed more comfortable is by using a mattress topper. The best part about these is that you can find one that suits you best, so if you prefer a firmer or softer mattress you have the option for either.

  1. Clip-On Fan

Personally, the best thing that I bought for my dorm was a mini fan that could both sit on my desk and clip onto my bed rail. Depending on many factors like where you live, the school you go to, and the dorm that you are living in, air condition might not be a functional option, so especially on hot nights, this item was a must.

  1. Surge Protector and Power Strip

Another thing that dorm rooms lack is outlets and with all the things that are in a dorm that require to be plugged in, power strips are a necessity.

  1. Plastic Shower Caddy and Shower Shoes

Freshman year, I made the mistake of using a mesh/cloth shower caddy and halfway through the year it was super gross. When I switched to a plastic one it was a lot easier to carry and easier to clean. Shower shoes are also super important because sometimes the bathrooms and showers are not as clean as one might prefer.

  1. Extra Long Phone Charger

A popular layout for dorm rooms is having your bed lofted and a standard-length charger definitely will not work with that. So, having a longer charger is helpful if you want to have your phone in bed with you while it is charging.

  1. Storage. Storage. Storage.

Organizing a small space with quite a bit of stuff is no easy task, so the most important dorm essential is going to be storage. The nice thing about storage is that you can choose what you use and how you use it. Personally, my roommate and I had a shelf that fit over our fridge that we decorated, and it held our microwave, Keurig, and dishes. We also had cubic storage shelves that we divided and were able to personalize our own. It is all about doing what you want with it and making the space your own!


I know being an incoming freshman can be scary and overwhelming because you are taking big steps towards your future. But I hope that this list takes away some of the concerns and worry you may have for moving into your dorm room. If you are interested in any of these products, check out our Amazon Storefront