Five Unexpected College Dorm Necessities

Transitioning from living in your parents’ house to a college dorm is not easy. But don’t worry, everyone eventually gets used to it. Here are five must-haves that will make life a lot easier during this overwhelming time.

1. Hanging bedside organizer


Dorms usually have very limited space, so you probably won’t have a bedside table like you had at home. A hanging organizer is great for storing anything you’ll need easy access to during the night, such as glasses, a book, or water.

2. Step stool

Whether you’re putting up posters or trying to reach the higher shelves in your closet, a step stool comes in handy, especially if you’re short.

3. Towel wrap


Most students aren’t lucky enough to have their own bathroom, so they’ll usually have to walk down the hall when they want to take a shower. Juggling a shower caddy while trying to hold up a towel can be challenging, so find a towel wrap with elastic to keep it up on its own.

4. Hot water boiler

A hot water boiler takes up less space than a Keurig and is also very multipurpose. You’ll find yourself always needing boiling water, whether it’s for tea, oatmeal or Ramen.

5. Sleeping bag and pad

You can’t host friends in your dorm without somewhere for them to sleep. If you think you’ll ever have visitors at some point during the year, a sleeping bag and pad are essentials.


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  • Nadira Berman

    As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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