Skip To Content

    32 Useful Products For Dorm Living That Are Worth The Money

    Make your dorm the best home away from home possible with these organization hacks, cooking gadgets, and more.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A set of cascading hangers for putting all that empty vertical space to good use and cramming as many clothes as possible into those teeny tiny dorm closets.

    a closet filled with clothes and text reading "before" and the same clothes on the cascading hangers with text reading "After. Save your closet space more than 80%"

    2. A fast-acting air purifier if you're prone to allergies and looking for a quick and easy way to eliminate airborne irritants and weird smells in your dorm. Three-stage filtration works to trap dander, pollen, odors, and more so you can breathe a little easier — literally.

    3. An ultra-thin socket cover with an attached power strip so you can actually push your furniture up against the wall instead of dealing with that awkward gap caused by the bulky plug for your powerstrip.

    4. A compact mini Keurig to make quick and convenient coffee, tea, and cocoa right in the dorm without taking up a ton of space.

    5. A souped-up lap desk with a built-in mouse pad, wrist supports, and phone/tablet holders, because when 75% of your tiny room is dedicated to bed the likelihood that you're going to be writing some term papers from it is high.

    a reviewer image of the lap desk with a mouse and laptop on it

    6. A cushy memory foam mattress topper that'll make your less-than-great dorm mattress feel just as good (if not better) than your mattress at home.

    7. Sleek desktop shelves for organizing distracting workspace clutter so you can spend less time digging through stacks of papers just to find your favorite pen and more time actually getting some work done.

    the shelves with desk items on them

    8. A handmade custom shaped pet pillow so you can turn any high-quality photo into a squeezable, squishable lookalike, which is perfect if you're leaving a furry friend at home for the first time.

    A collection of pillows that look like various pets (cats dogs, birds, etc.)

    9. A compact Dash rapid egg cooker if getting to the dining hall before they stop serving breakfast is just never going to happen. With this, you can make boiled, poached, or scrambled eggs in just a couple of minutes from the comfort of your dorm room.

    The egg cooker in black filled with six eggs

    10. An adjustable shelving tower that fits over a mini-fridge to store your microwave, coffee maker, snacks, and any other dorm "kitchen" essentials you might need.

    11. A heavy-duty backpack laundry bag because the journey from dorm room to laundry room can be long and perilous. Thankfully, this bag allows for hands-free travel, with a front pocket big enough to hold detergent and any other laundry tools you might need.

    12. A slim laptop stand that'll raise your laptop closer to eye level, naturally forcing you to sit up straighter and prevent painful hunching while you toil away on yet another essay.

    13. A genius T-shirt roll holder you can hang on the wall or inside a closet door for neatly organizing up to 16 shirts when dorm drawer space is tight / virtually nonexistent.

    a reviewer photo of a closed closet with several shirts hanging from a hook at the top of the door. The shirts are attached by rolling them up and putting them through stretchy loops.

    14. A portable mini humidifier if stale dorm air is leaving your hair and skin feeling parched. Its small size makes it perfect for sitting on a desk or bedside table, and it's quiet enough that your roommate won't even be a little annoyed by it.

    15. A drawer divider set to divide and conquer messy drawers and skip the part of the morning where you make yourself late for class digging for that perfect pair of socks.

    a reviewer photo of open drawer with the organizer bins inside filled with clothes

    16. A small but well-stocked 39-piece tool set so you're always prepared to assemble a futon, fix broken eyeglasses, make bike repairs, and do any other quick-fix tasks that comes up.

    17. A powerful little steam iron because most of the time it's perfectly acceptable to walk around campus with wrinkly clothes, but for those interviews and meetings where you need to look your best this iron will be there to de-crease your outfit without taking up a ton of space when not in use.

    18. A 32-inch smart TV with all the streaming bells and whistles of the Fire TV Stick built right in. Not only is the picture great, but it includes an Alexa-enabled remote control so you can navigate to your favorite shows with voice control!

    19. An LED-lit jewelry cabinet that doubles as an over-door mirror (a college necessity) so you can quickly find the perfect pair of earrings, grab a tangle-free necklace, and then check yourself out afterward. Spoiler — you look great!

    20. A lightweight bagless vacuum for keeping your dorm floors clean with surprisingly powerful suction and a slim design that's easy to stash in a closet or corner between uses.

    21. A stylish velvet ottoman if you're looking around your dorm room thinking, "Where will guests even sit if I have them over?" The solution is this multifunctional stool, which features interior storage and a lid that doubles as a seat *and* and table by simply flipping it over.

    22. This set of honeycomb window clings that refract light to create rainbows so you can gain a little privacy, especially if your dorm room is on a lower floor, without totally obstructing your view or blocking out the sun.

    23. A three-tier rolling utility cart because dorm living is all about cramming maximum storage into any available space, and this metal organizer is just the thing to transform a seemingly useless corner into an all-in-one station for books, toiletries, and that random mug you won at orientation!

    24. A pack of adustable furniture risers to bump up your bed and double (even triple!) your available storage space. These ones stack so you can customize the level of height you want.

    25. A bamboo bedside shelf with a hearty 15-pound weight capacity and no-tool installation that'll serve as a convenient catchall table if you decide to loft your bed or there just simply isn't space for a proper nightstand.

    26. A nonstick mini electric pot with an included spatula for quickly whipping up delicious pasta, oatmeal, eggs, and so much more without making the long walk to the dining hall.

    27. A hanging organizer with 24 pockets so you can turn the back of any door into functional storage space for shoes, cleaning supplies, or whatever random things don't fit in the two drawers that whoever designed these dorms thought would be enough.

    28. An adhesive under-desk phone holder to up your productivity during late-night study sessions by keeping your phone out of sight and hopefully out of mind.

    29. A slim LED makeup mirror because dorm rooms aren't exactly known for their stellar lighting, and you're not trying to leave for class without properly blended foundation.

    30. A set of shelf dividers that'll organize piles of jeans, towels, and leggings by preventing them from falling over and taking over your limited shelf space with one messy super pile.

    31. A pack of adhesive cable clips if you're tired of fishing for fallen charging cords every time you want to give your phone or laptop some juice before class.

    32. A sleek vacuum-insulated tumbler for limiting trips from your dorm to the water fountain down. This wide-mouth bottle keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours *AND* includes a built-in diffuser for tea or naturally flavoring your water.

    Now get ready for the best school year yet!