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17 Products Every College Student Should Own

"Help me, I'm poor."

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1. A rice cooker and a shit ton of Sriracha.

It's almost cliché at this point to say that a rice cooker is so clutch for college, but it is. You can get like 18 meals for 32 cents (don't check my math). Rice + Sriracha is all you need if you're really on that struggle budget. Get the rice cooker from Amazon for $19.99 and three 28-ounce bottles of Sriracha for $14.46.

2. An electric kettle and a French press.

The French press ($13.80 on Amazon) is for when you're too tired to even make it to the coffee stand. The kettle provides the water for coffee and other important food groups like Cup Noodle and Easy Mac. Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

3. This single-serving blender.

Make yourself a nutritious breakfast and wake up your roommates at the same time. Get it from Amazon for $19.85.
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Make yourself a nutritious breakfast and wake up your roommates at the same time. Get it from Amazon for $19.85.

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4. A graphic long-sleeve tee.

Longsleeve tees are having a bit of a resurgence right now and I'm all for it. Things that are easy to layer come in handy when you're waking up 10 minutes before class. Get one from Union LA for $42 or H&M for $24.99.

5. A big-ass box of pudding for the late night munchies.

Don't listen to Billy Madison — Snack Pack is trash. Swiss Miss pudding for life. Get a box of 48 from Amazon for $28.45.
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Don't listen to Billy Madison — Snack Pack is trash. Swiss Miss pudding for life. Get a box of 48 from Amazon for $28.45.

6. An easy to carry, pint-sized water bottle.

I basically say this in every post: Hydration is key. It is. Especially when you're hungover. Listen to DJ Khaled and get this little bottle from Amazon for $8.80.
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I basically say this in every post: Hydration is key. It is. Especially when you're hungover. Listen to DJ Khaled and get this little bottle from Amazon for $8.80.

7. A more discreet way to vape between classes.

The Pax is great because it looks nondescript and chic. It's compact too — fits right in your palm, if you want to use it while pretending to cough. And — if you're in a state where weed is legal, of course — you can get wild high from just a few hits. Trust me on this. Get it from Pax for $279.99.
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The Pax is great because it looks nondescript and chic. It's compact too — fits right in your palm, if you want to use it while pretending to cough. And — if you're in a state where weed is legal, of course — you can get wild high from just a few hits. Trust me on this. Get it from Pax for $279.99.

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8. Chinos that actually fit.

Maintain the illusion of adulthood is the central task of college. Khakis help. Get them from Uniqlo for $40.

9. Pocket notebooks to, like, actually write shit down.

I prefer the graph paper ones because they let you write AND doodle like pro. Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.90.

10. An iPhone charger that fits on your keys.

Stay charged up even if you didn't make it home last night.
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Stay charged up even if you didn't make it home last night.

11. A fall-ready desert boot.

Desert boots are basically the shoe for when you want to look like an adult but don't want to spend a grip on dress shoes. Get them from Urban Outfitters for $69.
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Desert boots are basically the shoe for when you want to look like an adult but don't want to spend a grip on dress shoes. Get them from Urban Outfitters for $69.

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12. Some serious headphones for when you don't want anyone to talk to you.

These Sony headphones are almost certainly the best sound you can get for less than $100 and they fold up for easy packing. Get them from Amazon for $80.
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These Sony headphones are almost certainly the best sound you can get for less than $100 and they fold up for easy packing. Get them from Amazon for $80.

13. This privacy tent for your bed.

LOL, what? But seriously, living in a tiny room with another person gets old quick. Get is from Amazon for $129.99.
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LOL, what? But seriously, living in a tiny room with another person gets old quick. Get is from Amazon for $129.99.

14. A field jacket to ride the seasons (and carry a lot of shit).

A mid-weight jacket that will never go out of style and has enough pockets for all the shit above (vape, notebooks, etc). Get one from Urban Outfitters for $59 (or check your local thrift shop and I bet you can find one for less than $10).

15. This microwave baked potato cooker.

Potatoes are filling and super cheap but who has 45 minutes to bake one? Problem solved. Get this thing from Amazon for $12.
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Potatoes are filling and super cheap but who has 45 minutes to bake one? Problem solved. Get this thing from Amazon for $12.

16. A copy (aka download? How do kids watch movies these days?) of Accepted, the best really bad movie about college.

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"Ask me about my wienerrrr!" Rent it on Amazon for $3.99.

17. A bag that will last you all four (or five) years.

I got this backpack in college. I still use it every day. Buying well-made shit (even when you're broke) works out. Get it from Makr for $185.

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