These include tech, as well as other essentials you might need, like an electric kettle for coffee and tea. So we’ve got you covered here.
Best Dorm Room Essentials For College Students
In this list, you’ll find many great essentials for your dorm room to help keep it clean, organize, and prepare yourself for another great year in college. Many of these are inexpensive, compared to other models. For example, we did not list the most expensive Roomba, but rather one of the cheapest. Since college students usually don’t have much cash.
Bose SoundLink Flex
Just a simple Bluetooth speaker from Bose, that doesn’t cost a fortune. That’s what the Bose SoundLink Flex is. It’s not a smart speaker, so there’s no Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant included, just some good audio.
This is perfect for travel, or using outdoors as well. Bose says you can get around 12 hours of continuous playback on this speaker. And it recharges via USB-C. It’s also resistant to dust, water and debris. It can also resist UV light.
Hario Drip Electric Kettle
A lot of dorm rooms don’t have a stove, or even a microwave to heat up water and make coffee and/or tea. So that’s where this electric kettle comes in. It works via plugging it into the wall. It can take some time to start boiling, but it’s better than running down to the kitchen.
Linenspa Shredded Foam Reading Pillow
Spend those late night study sessions in comfort with this reading pillow from Linenspa. It’s made of shredded foam, so it’s going to be super comfy to sit in and study, or read a book. It also has a 3-year warranty in the US, which is pretty neat. And comes in a few different colors.
BLACK+DECKER Compact Refrigerator
Many dorm room don’t have a lot of space, so in our essentials, we included a pretty small mini fridge. This one from Black + Decker has about 1.7 cubic feet of space. Which is not a lot, but enough space to store some drinks and some other essentials.
A pretty neat feature on this one is the fact that you can actually reverse the side the door hinge is on. Making it work better in every dorm room, no matter how you have it set up.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds
Study in comfort, or anywhere, with the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. These are great because they are super comfortable to wear and also have great audio quality.
These are typically $279, but Amazon has them on sale right now which is very rare for any pair of Bose earbuds.
Crucial X6 1TB Portable SSD
You’ll need a drive to store your school work, and anything else that’s important. Just in case something happens to your laptop, or computer. And the Crucial X6 is a really good option. It comes in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 3TB. We feel that the 1TB is the best option here for the price at $99.
It’s a SSD, so you’re going to get some pretty fast speeds here. We’re talking up to 800MB/s.
iRobot Roomba 694
This is currently the cheapest Roomba on the market. Which means that you do miss out on some features, like the auto-empty dock. But for a dorm room, it’s perfect, and why its on our essentials list.
This robot vacuum is able to map out your dorm room and clean it with ease. It works on hardwood, laminate, carpet and much more. And once you move out of the dorm into your own apartment, you can take it with you and use it there.
Even though you’re going off to college, there still might be some online classes you need to take. So a webcam is a good dorm room essentials item to add to your list. And you’ll be able to use this to call home and chat with your family and friends.
The Logitech C270 is not a flashy webcam and it’s under $20. It can output at 720p, and has a noise-reducing microphone built-in.
Insignia 43-inch F30 Series 4K Fire TV
This is, surprisingly, a 4K 43-inch TV that is under $200. It runs on Fire TV, so you’re going to have access to all of your favorite streaming services. That includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and much more.
On top of that, it’s a good size TV for a dorm, since it’s not overly large. And can still be used to connect your gaming console too. While it doesn’t do 4K120, it is still a decent screen.