27 Useful Things From Walmart That College Students Should Have In Their Dorm
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desk lamp with a wireless charger and USB port so you can keep your devices at 100% while you try and learn 100% of the material you need to know for your exam.
Promising review: "I LOVE THIS THING! It works great. The power button is right up front, and all you have to do is just stick your finger close to it and it turns on/off with ease. You don't have to fumble in the dark to find a button or string to pull to turn it on. It charges my iPhone XS with no problem, and I plug my watch cord into the single USB port in the lamp. I really like it!" —TexasTurtle
Price: $10 (available in six colors)
ottoman you can use as a seat, foot rest, *and* a place to store belongings (with its sneaky storage area).
Promising review: "I was quite wary of buying this item, but I read a review from someone stating that it turned out to be a lot more sturdy than they had anticipated, so I gave it a shot. Well, they were right! It is small enough to where it doesn't take up a lot of space, and yet sturdy enough to have a 200 lb man stand on top of it! My only complaint is that my dog loves to chew on the corners, but that has nothing to do with the actual product, my dog just like to eat things!"—DogMom90
Price: $10.77+ (available in eight colors)
desk organizer set because when your desk is all put together, it's a *scientific fact that you'll feel more put together.
*Okay, it's not a scientific fact, but it
will help you stay on top of everything when you know exactly where the study guide you're looking for is. This set includes a letter sorter, pencil holder, sticky note holder, letter tray, and a hanging file organizer.
three-drawer cart you can fill with clothes, books, or whatever else you don't have room to store in your tiny dorm closet. Plus, you can put wheels on this and push it out of your room at the end of the year, so there's less to pack.
Promising review: "This is great for storing just about anything. I use these to rotate seasonal clothes and shoes. My daughter has several of these she uses to sort t-shirts, socks, undergarments. They are basically her dresser. She moves around quite a bit, and these are great to just pick up and load up to relocate without having to unpack to a box." —CoffeeSquirrel
Price: $14.96 (available in white and black)
iron because you never know when you're going to have an impromptu yet important presentation or interview and you don't want to show up like a disheveled mess with wrinkled clothes.
Promising review: "This is a great versatile iron. I love it. It was shipped super fast and securely. It heats up fast, and the settings are great for many different materials. You can add water, and more. It's a great price, and is built great." —Romans1616
mini ironing board designed for small dorms and apartments because you really don't need a full-size one until you live in a house (maybe).
Promising review: "If you live in apartment or in a rental house, this is best for you. 1—It doesn't take up lots of space. 2—You can use it on any surface (I use a bed or sofa) 3—It's got a nice cotton cover. 4—It has high quality metal parts. 5—It's easy to store anywhere with a hook. I love it. Plus, I love the price and fast delivery." —aleksa1
two cube storage organizer that's a perfect little bedside table you can store books and other miscellaneous things in.
Promising review: "This is a perfect dorm item. It's super easy to build. Instructions say you need a screwdriver and hammer handy, but this isn't true. It's the perfect size, but the width dimensions are for the outside of the cabinet, so keep in mind. We were trying to fit a printer on it, and it didn't fit." —CollegeMomNewbie
Price: $29.88 (available in seven colors)
water pitcher specifically designed to be slimmer than normal other models, so it won't take up your whole fridge but still give you cold, delicious water whenever you need it.
Promising review: "This is fairly easy to use. IT works fast to purify 10 cups of water. The slim design truly makes it a space saver in the refrigerator. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to especially get rid of that chlorine taste in water. Just remember to read the directions and soak the filter first, as directed." —Knitress
Price: $15.97+ (available in white, black, and red)
weighted blanket said to help relieve stress and anxiety and hopefully help you sleep better, because you definitely need that, no matter what year you are in college.
Promising review: "This is a wonderfully priced weighted blanket with washable cover. This blanket is not too warm and is heavy enough to help relieve stress and anxiety and help achieve a restful night's sleep, but not too heavy to feel trapped." —Lessenma
Price: $49.99 (available in grey and white)
over-the-door hook that's so useful for storing bags, coats, or basically anything else you don't have room for.
Promising review: "So far, it is very effective for what I needed it to do. I hang two bath towels over it so that they can dry out after they are used. Not only does it work, but it is a rather good space saver." —sinistral98
Price: $9.97 (available in bronze, nickel, and silver)
faux fur office chair because if you're going to be spending hours sitting at your desk studying, you should at least be able to do it in comfort and style.
Promising review: "So I am a freshman in college, and I wanted a cute desk chair for my dorm. I fell in love with the fuzzy desk chair from Pottery Barn Teen, but it was over $250!! Then I saw this one and bought it instantly! I got the 'white Mongolian.' This chair is so comfy, and it is bigger than i expected—its big enough that I can sit with my legs crossed and still be comfortable. It was fairly easy to put together. BUY THIS CHAIR, YOU WONT REGRET IT!!!" —blueeyes222
Price: $59+ (available in five colors)
microwave so you can heat things up in a ~flash~ and be prepared for every night—whether it's a study night or a movie night.
Promising review: "Well when I ordered it, I thought it was going to be to small, but when I received it (right on time), it was perfect! I love it. It works great, is very easy to keep clean, and doesn't take up to much space. Plus, it's cute. The price was amazingly low, so I wasn't expecting much, but to my surprise, I got much much more than I paid for. I'm LOVING my new microwave.!" —EschaE
Price: $39.99+ (available in black and white)
reading pillow that'll be just as useful while cramming for your physics final as it will be when you cram an entire season of Schitt's Creek into one day (after your finals are done).
Promising review: "This bedrest is very nice, firm, and stuffed to the brim for those who want to sit up and watch TV, work from bed and read. If you're looking for a pillow that will sit you up straight with little give, this is the pillow for you. Plus, it's a great price." —ELump
Price: $16.87 (available in four colors)
mini fridge so you can keep snacks and drinks in your room and not have to run to the dining hall every time you feel slightly hungry.
Promising review: "It is a perfect mini fridge to store soda cans or water bottles and snacks. The first few hours of it ramping up to cool the unit made the exterior of the fridge really hot, but once the fridge was at the set temperature, inside the exterior cooled down. Other than that, it's been a wonderful little fridge." —LovingMomOfTwo
Price: $69 (available in black and white)
tower fan that'll be a ~cool~ addition to your room both literally and figuratively – this little thing will do a *big* job of keeping you comfortable no matter the air condition situation you're in.
Promising review: "I am so glad I made this purchase. This is the first time I have used a tower fan. I use it in my small bedroom, where a box fan would take up too much space. I was kind of leery about the price, but this is a great fan, which oscillates if you need it too. There are 3 speeds, the fan runs quiet, and you get a lot of air circulation. I use it in addition to our central air. I would recommend." —chana618
white noise machine to help drown out any unwanted noise (i.e. parties, loud music, construction, etc.) so you can get some oh-so-important sleep.
Promising review: "This brand of sound machines are AWESOME!!! These ones have a fan, and it's much nicer than playing a sound machine that has like a nature sound with an annoying loop to repeat. This machine simple has a fan sound like true white noise. This is the second one I've purchased, and I highly recommend them!!!!!" —Keeahgirl
Price: $44.95+ (available in black, grey, and white)
floor lamp that's so chic and practical (plus, your mouth will be on the floor when you see how cheap it is).
Promising review: "This lamp is very light weight and puts out a descent amount of light. It's an inexpensive way to light up a room." —BrashGirl
Price: $7.67+ (available in four colors)
blackout curtains so you'll be able to sleep however late you need to without worrying about waking up because the sun is too bright in your room.
Promising review: "I love these curtains. They block light entirely, and they seem to help with drafts. I purchased 3 panels for my last apartment and just purchased another one to fill out my bedroom windows in my new place." —Jacob
Price: $6.77+ (available in 37 varieties)
surge protector and extension cord with three outlets and two USB ports so you can keep all your devices (phone, laptop, tablet, e-reader, fitness tracker, etc.) charging at the same time.
Promising review: "This is great for college dorms! It fits nicely on the desk. I just purchased a second one for my other student!" —Bon123
foldable drying rack that can be out of sight, out of mind when you're not doing laundry.
Promising review: "This drying rack is very awesome. It's sturdy, easy to assemble, and holds plenty of clothing. I highly recommend this for anyone in need of a indoor drying rack, especially collage students or people who live in studio apartments because this folds away for easy storage." —Glenn
backpack big enough to fit your laptop, books, and everything else you need to spend all day on campus.
Promising review: "This book bag is awesome. I love it!!!! It's perfect I can fit my books and laptop in there and still have room. I love the facts it has all those pockets!!! I't great quality, and I would recommend this book bag to everyone." —Stephanie
shoe rack to keep your shoes organized and not in a big pile in the middle of your room. You can do better than that.
Promising review: "This product is great. It goes together very easy. I love that it actually has room between the levels to put taller shoes (not just sandals). I got 9 pair of shoes on it. And if you want it taller, you can order another one to attach to the original. I highly recommend this product, and the price is good too." —Hollywood0324
tool kit so you can easily hang art, curtains, or fix whatever else needs to be fixed in your dorm room...and basically every apartment after that.
Promising review: "I absolutely love having everything I need in one easy to carry container. I can stick in a drawer and know right where all my tools are. It's very convenient."—Tonya
3-in-1 stick vacuum small enough that it won't take up too much space, but powerful enough to get the job done...fast.
Promising review: "This is a great little vacuum! It's very compact, so it can be stored easily. I bought one for my daughter's dorm room, and she liked very much. I ended up getting one for smaller room and was surprised how powerful it is! It does have rollers on it (cant tell in photo) so it glides easily. It easily pops off to use as handheld vacuum." —Skip01
collapsable laundry basket because these things are usually so big and bulky, you totally should be able to fold them up and put them away when you're not using them.
Promising review: "I have very limited storage space, and this basket is great. It is a good size when expanded and holds a great deal of laundry, but when not in use, tucks away nicely. The only regret I have is not getting multiple of them. It's a great basket." —Bianca
dry erase calendar to help you keep track of just what days your exams are and when your projects are due.
single-serve coffee machine because if there's one thing that all college students need, it's more energy.
Promising review: "This coffee pot works great, is compact, and always works. It has made my life easier." —Tootsie
Price: $59 (available in five colors)
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