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38 Problem-Solving Products For Any College Student

Laundry backpacks, wireless earbuds, and more things that'll help make college life a little easier.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. 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 backpack laundry bag that'll make traveling from your dorm to the laundry center less of a project. With a front pocket for detergent and dryer sheets and a spacious interior pocket that'll securely hold clothes, you'll be good to go when it's laundry day.

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Promising review: "This is a great bag! Our college student needed a heavy-duty laundry bag; her last one was toast after just three months. So, I went on a mission to find one that's easy to carry as she likes to put everything in it so she only has to take one long trip to the dorm (laundry, snacks, water bottles, etc.). This fits up and onto her back leaving her hands and arms free! Ahhh...yes, finally a sturdy one! It's still perfect after one month." —SheilaD

Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 10 colors).

2. A mini Keurig so you can make a fresh cup of coffee or tea in your dorm room and avoid waiting in line at your campus cafe. This coffee maker takes up minimal space (it's 4.5 inches wide!) and easily fits on a nightstand, dresser, or desk.

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This coffee maker brews coffee for 6- to 12-ounce cups and fits travel mugs up to 7 inches tall. It makes coffee lightning fast: all you have to do is add fresh water to the reservoir, pop in a K-Cup, and you'll get a hot coffee to sip on in your room *or* on the go in minutes.

Promising review: "This Keurig was the perfect size for my son's dorm room. Great for making coffee, tea, or just hot water for some ramen noodles. I've been a Keurig owner since they first launched and never had any complaints. Take care of the unit, and it will last a long time." —Mark P

Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in six colors).

3. And reusable coffee pods for your Keurig machine, so you can cut back on single-use waste *and* not waste money on K-Cups. Fill one up with coffee grounds, place it into the machine, and you'll get a fresh cup without having to throw away plastic.

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Promising review: "These are worlds better than the other ones out there. First off, you get four and you really don't need four. These are built with such a fine mesh, that the coffee and the loose tea I put in them don't end up into my cup. Minimal cleaning and maintenance, especially compared to the other designs on the market. These are affordable, much easier, and cleaner to work with. I'd recommend these to any Keurig owner looking to stop wasting all of the plastic (and $$$) on K-Cups and start using their own coffee/tea." —Hannah Simon

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $9.49.

4. A pair of cleansing cuffs so you can wash your face without dripping water all over your sleeves (or leaving a MASSIVE puddle on your dorm bathroom floor). Slip one on your wrist to avoid getting drenched during your skincare routine.

a hand wearing the cuff, which looks like a soft oversized scrunchie and is catching the suds from face wash, preventing it from running down the model's arm
LABeautyologist

Nayamka Roberts-Smith, aka @LaBeautyologist on Twitter, is known for her 60-second rule (cleansing with fingers for a minute to allow your cleanser's ingredients to get to work on your complexion). Follow her on Instagram for more skincare tips and shop her full product lineup here

Get them from LABeautyologist for $23 (available in four colors).

5. A selfie ring light because it'll give you studio-quality lighting in your dark dorm room. Three lighting modes (white, warm yellow, and warm white) and 10 different brightness settings will elevate your TikTok videos, Instagram Reels, and selfies.

On the left, a dark picture of a reviewer's cat, and on the right, the same ca but the picture is much brighter and clearer now
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It comes with its own easy-setup tripod *and* a clip that'll let you attach your phone to the tripod, so you can take photos from different angles and know what you're doing during a photo shoot!

Promising review: "This selfie ring light is well made. The tripod is sturdy but lightweight, and the ring light is bright. The tripod can be set at various heights depending on the occasion and yet it is very compact to carry around. It can stand on the floor or be set up on a desk — very flexible. The ring light has three modes: warm yellow, warm white, and white, as well as 10 levels of brightness. It is suitable for all kinds of lighting needs. Also, the phone clip is easy to put on and easy to secure the phone in place. I use this for selfies and for video conferencing. It works really well." —Di W.

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

6. A gel-infused memory foam mattress topper that's basically what sweet dreams are made of: If your dorm bed feels like an uncomfortable rock, plush memory foam and temperature-regulating gel beads will prevent you from feeling too achy or hot while you sleep.

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Promising review: "I bought this mattress topper for my daughter to use at college, and she loves it! I originally got her a cheaper/thinner one, but it wasn’t working out. She started experiencing back pain and was having trouble sleeping (college dorm beds are the worst). As soon as she started using this topper she said she felt a tremendous difference; back pain eased up, and sleeping better. Only wish I would have gotten this for her from the beginning instead of opting for a cheaper version." —Joann A.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes twin–California king and two thicknesses).

7. A bamboo charging dock for your gadgets that need to be powered up constantly. Tablets, smartphones, Apple Watches, and AirPods can all be juiced up at the same time. Gone are the days you need to sign into a virtual class or text your roomie only to discover that your device is out of battery.

bamboo charging station powering up tablet, smartphone, Apple Watch and AirPods
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It comes with two Lightning cables, one USB charging cable, and one type-C cable to charge up devices. Plus, it only uses one wall plug, which is great if you're trying to minimize e-clutter around your dorm desk.

Promising review: "I bought this charging station to use on my desk now that I’m working from home to charge my three phones, tablet, Apple Watch, and AirPods, and it’s been so helpful and awesome. It keeps my Apple Watch secured and I can utilize various charging cables (provided by seller) for my different devices! The bamboo is great quality, too — sturdy but smooth. Would recommend this to those looking to simplify their charging uses!" —Julie

Get it from Amazon for $28.29

8. A drawer divider set to keep your bras, underwear, and socks organized. No more digging through a messy drawer to find your fave boxers or bralettes if you need to get dressed really fast for a study session or club meeting.

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This set comes with four different cells: a six-cell for ties and scarves, an eight-cell for briefs, ties, and underwear, a seven-cell for bras, and a 24-cell for socks.

Promising review: "No matter how neatly I fold my bras and underwear, they always seem to become a big jumble in the drawer. These organizers are perfect for keeping everything in place, and you won't forget about those items you own that end up buried at the back." —M. Hanson

Get a four-piece set from Amazon for $15.87 (available in seven colors).

9. A 32-inch smart-TV because streaming your favorite TV shows and movies will be so easy. An Alexa-enabled voice remote lets you use your voice to browse titles and launch apps like Hulu and Netflix, while a Fire TV setup gives you access to thousands of TV episodes and movies *plus* live TV.

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Promising review: "Got this for my college-aged daughter who needed a TV for her dorm room. Not only a good TV, but being Fire compatible, it saved a few dollars from having to buy a Fire Stick. She can watch movies on Prime, as well as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. She has only good things to say about it." —Coach

Get it from Amazon for $159.99.

10. A space-saving shower curtain that comes with plenty of pockets for shampoo, conditioners, and soap. If you and your roommates share the bathroom and need a storage solution that's not the edge of the tub, this can help you out!

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Promising review: "I bought this for my dorm room about five months ago. It's the most amazing shower curtain. I grew up with shower doors so the world of curtains was all new to me. There isn't much shelf space in my shower so this has been a godsend. I just ordered another one because my boyfriend wanted one for his room for Christmas. I have a pretty small shower so I actually ended up folding it in half." —Alexandra Stowers

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

11. A double-sided laptop cleaner so you can say buh-bye to the gross debris lodged in your laptop. It'll quickly clean between keys, so you're not disgusted by the sight of chip crumbs or baby hairs while you're typing in class.

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This cleaner has two sides: a microfiber pad that removes fingerprints from your laptop screen and a gray brush that'll remove crumbs, hair, and more debris from your laptop keyboard.

Promising review: "Purchased for my granddaughters who are in college. They love it! They use it all the time on their screens, keyboards, and cellphones. Would purchase again!" —cookie007

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

12. A charging cable tag because it'll let everyone know which Android or iPhone charging cable is yours and (hopefully) prevent your roommates from "borrowing it" indefinitely.

colorful pink, blue, and orange name tags that say "Gaby," "Chris" and "Patrick" each on charging cables
Delightful Luna/Etsy

Delightful Luna is an Etsy shop based in North Carolina. They sell cool 3D-printed accessories, including magnets, keychains, and pen caps.

Promising review: "They are perfect! Now my bf won’t steal my charger anymore. They clip so well!" —Etsy Customer

Get it from Delightful Luna on Etsy for $4.50 (available in two charger types and 16 colors).

13. A cleaning paste that's popular on TikTok and will save you so much time — it'll tackle stubborn stains on your bathroom sink, shower tiles, and more messy surfaces in your dorm in minutes. No more scrubbing and wiping for hours when you're already really busy with school.

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This all-purpose vegan paste is great for removing rust, hard-water stains, grease, and more messes around home! To use, just apply it to a surface with a damp cloth, gently rub it in, rinse it off with water, and polish the area with a dry cloth.

Promising review: "I bought this product to help me clean my dorm bathroom, including shower, sink, and toilet. I had my boyfriend bring his drill and clipped on a brush head just for efficiency but a hand brush will do just fine. I definitely recommend for any bathroom. As a college student and move-in day having started or near, I 10/10 recommend because we all know how mucky dorm showers can be." —Angela

Get it from Amazon for $8.37.

14. Powerbeats Pro wireless earbuds because you can easily tune out your roomie's conversations and campus noise. You won't have to be like "sorry can you please repeat that again?" whenever you're FaceTiming on your way to class.

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Listen to music, podcasts, and calls for up to nine hours at a time! Plus, they make it easy to be hands free while you're working (as described in the review below).

Promising review: "I loved the sound. These headphones place heavy emphasis on the most important part of the headphones, the sound. The bass is perfect for my music, but doesn’t drown out the vocals at all. The fit is perfect for my daily life in college, with a lot of walking. Noise is filtered a little by the seal of the headphones in your ear, but I don’t really care for active noise cancellation so I'm good with that. Overall these headphones are amazing for their price." —Nathaniel

Get them from Amazon for $199.95+ (available in six colors).

15. An unbreakable dinnerware set so you'll have easy-to-clean bowls, cups, and utensils on standby for late-night study sessions that involve microwaveable ramen *or* pizza. They come in pretty pastel colors and will help you cut back on single-use paper plates for meals.

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This 28-piece set is dishwasher *and* microwave safe and comes with four bowls, four plates, four cups, four spoons, four knives, four forks, and four cutlery trays.

Promising review: "The packaging was simple and these plates are exactly the no-fuss daily use product we wanted. The box was so small that I was worried I had ordered kids’ plates, but they are actually full-size plates and bowls, as well as cutely packaged silverware. They even included a little foldable cup. I love the colors, but mostly I love that they are wheat straw instead of plastic. It is an excellent choice." —umbo

Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

16. And variety pack of ready-to-eat seasoned beans from A Dozen Cousins that'll ~hit the spot~ if you need make a yummy meal after dining hall hours: Each bean variety is packed with flavor *and* only takes 60 seconds to heat up in the microwave. You'll get to nosh on Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Pinto Beans, and Trini Chickpea Curry. 😋

A Dozen Cousins

Other flavors in this set include Creole Red Beans, Refried Pinto Beans, and Refried Black Beans!

A Dozen Cousins was founded by Ibraheem Basirgrew and aims to introduce foodies to Caribbean, Creole, and Latin American cooking. They're known for their delicious bean-based foods, including Refried Black Beans, Cuban Black Beans, and Trini Chickpea Curry.

BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly loves A Dozen Cousins and said: "These are the ultimate in convenience. You only have to put the bag in the microwave for 60 seconds, which'll help you concentrate on the other parts of your meal. I love mixing the Trini Chickpea Curry with leftover rice for a super satisfying weekday lunch. The black beans are TO DIE FOR." Read more of her A Dozen Cousins review (it's number 26).

Get an 12-pack from A Dozen Cousins for $45 or a 6-pack from Amazon for $24.99.

17. Avarelle pimple patches to suck up all the nasty gunk inside zits that've somehow popped up this semester. Thanks to a layer of tea tree leaf oil and calendula oil, your pimples will be covered and less accessible during the process. 

Reviewer wears small, round Avarelle pimple patches on forehead while holding a package of them
Same reviewer's cleared-up forehead after using the patches

Promising review: "I bought this product for breakouts on my face. I have dealt with various breakouts as a college student and have never been able to find a product that is safe for my skin but helps to minimize breakouts. This product works! Whenever I have a breakout pop up, I put on a patch overnight and it sucks so much out of my skin. I typically need to use two to three to completely remove the breakout, but it is way less damaging than other methods and stays on through the night! I will continue buying this product!" —JMK

Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.49.

18. Bed risers that'll give you additional storage space in your small living space. Slip them under your bed frame and finally take advantage of all the room you'll have for random things like accessories, shoes, and towels.

the bed risers creating additional under bed storage space for clothing storage
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It comes with four small risers and four large risers: use the small risers to raise your bed frame 3 inches, the large risers to raise your bed 5 inches, or combine both riser sizes to raise your bed 8 inches.

Promising review: "These bed risers couldn't have been easier to use. No sliding around on the hardwood floor and the bed was very stable. The risers worked as advertised and I am completely satisfied." —Steve P.

Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $18.29.

19. A pack of fidget popping toys for college students who need a lil' stress relief. Pop each hole with your fingers and relax while you take a screen break in between studying. Think of it as reusable Bubble Wrap that's portable *and* doesn't make loud noise when you use it.

hand holds rainbow octagon-shaped fidget popping toy
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This set comes with four different-shaped fidget poppers (a heart, octagon, circle, and square).

Promising review: "My daughter loves to pop these silicone fidgets and this four-pack has become a great 'distraction' for hands while waiting for dinner or having a timeout from gaming or online schooling. We've had some great conversations while she fiddles with 'popping' the bubbles. She is not delicate with these, so it is obviously durable. She seems to be able to focus more when her hands have something to do. The colors are vibrant and she likes the sound it makes. This four-pack comes with a stop sign octagon, square, heart, and circle in a rainbow pattern. These are easy to wipe down and sanitize despite the ridges and circles and dry quickly." —Will-Review4U

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

20. A portable canvas cup holder that'll carry your iced coffee while you're  running errands in between classes. Just slide your cold drink into this small accessory and you can finally open doors and hold shopping bags without dropping anything. 

the canvas holders in coconut macaroon and cafe au lait
a model holding the cafe au lait holder with a coffee in it
Dreamy Daisyy / Etsy

Dreamy Daisyy is a small business based in Washington, DC. You'll find so many cute handmade accessories, including canvas backpacks, spa headbands, and pins. 

Promising review: "The product is super cute and fits cups perfectly!!! I bought this for my coworkers and now I need to order one for myself." —Etsy Customer

Get it from Dreamy Daisyy on Etsy for $15.99+ (available in four colors and sold individually or in multipacks).

21. A laptop stand so you can type on your computer at eye level and avoid slouching in a chair for hours. Get everything done without dealing with annoying back and neck pain afterward.

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This stand accommodates laptops from 10" to 15.6" and you can easily take it apart if you need to bring it to another location.

Promising review: "This has helped my neck pain and workflow. I'm used to working in an office with monitors and this made a big difference in my work from home experience by putting my screen at a comfortable eye level. The material is good quality, feels sturdy, and was simple to assemble. It comes in three pieces and is intuitive to put together without looking at directions. There are pads on the top to keep your laptop from sliding. I'm using it with a 15-inch laptop and it's a good fit. I did get a wireless keyboard to use with it, which I would recommend. If you were to try to type on your laptop keyboard with this, it would be uncomfortable. I bought it for the ergonomics, but as a bonus, I am liking how it helps me keep my desk organized with the extra space beneath. Great product!" —M

Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in six colors).

22. And a cushy lap desk that has a built-in mouse pad, comfy wrist supports, and phone/tablet holders for times when you want to write papers or attend virtual class without sitting at a desk. Work from bed and avoid dropping your tech!

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Promising review: "Bought this for my daughter in college. She loves to do school work on her bed. She says this desk is a 'game changer.'" —super awsome person

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

23. A portable no-install door lock for additional security at home or on the road. This tool stays in place and works with multiple doors, whether you're staying at your campus apartment or hotel. It's also easy to install and remove (no nails required).

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To install, put the metal part into the hole on the door jam, close the door, and place the handle into the lock. That's it!

Promising review: "My daughter uses this at her college apartment. This is a firm and steady product, helps keep the door securely locked! This has an excellent design that works well on almost all door applications." —Amazon Customer

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $26.94.

24. A dual hair dryer and brush that'll dry *and* style your hair at the same time and be helpful if you need to get ready for class stat. Its three heat settings will get to work on wet strands, while its rounded edges and an oval brush design increase volume and curl your ends.

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Promising review: "OH MY LANTA. PURCHASE THIS NOW. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. I found this one TikTok and saw the gal's review and had to buy it. I have thick hair and this dries my hair in less than 15 minutes. PLUS I don’t have to fuss with a straightener or a curling iron if I don’t want to!! It leaves my hair so soft and shiny and gives it SO MUCH VOLUME! I recommend this to ANYONE I talk to about it. Seriously my favorite styling tool. Seriously so in love." —Sydney

Get it from Amazon for $34.97+ (available in six styles).

25. And a hair claw clip because your roomie has been in the bathroom for eternity and you don't have time to do the whole blow-drying thing. A secure grip keeps strands in place, so you can go about your day without hair falling down. Just twist and clip for a quick (and cute) hairstyle that requires minimal effort.

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See them in action on TikTok here.

Promising review: "I will admit I bought these from seeing them on TikTok and I needed new clips for my thick hair. I am not disappointed and beyond glad I got them. The colors are gorgeous and they stay put without hurting my head. I'm very impressed." —Amazon Customer

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $13.99 (available in six sets).

26. A small steam iron that'll be there for you when you have to get ready for a last-minute interview. De-wrinkle a button down shirt, pants, blazers, and basically every other piece of formal clothing with this portable and easy-to-use gadget.

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Promising review: "I live in a college dorm and I need to iron out a lot of my clothes for meetings. College dorms are not big and this thing is small enough to fit in tight spaces and get the job done. Really portable and it gets really hot for such a small iron." —T. Le

Get it from Amazon for $21.69.

27. A T-shirt roll holder so you can creatively display your fave tees *and* neatly roll them up, instead of cramming them all into a drawer. Next time you're getting dressed and need a T-shirt, you'll easily be able to find it.

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
Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

The Roll Keeper is a small business based in Kelso, Washington, that sells various organizational goods. In addition to the T-shirt roll holder above, you'll find similar roll holders for bottles, pens, and crafting supplies. 

BuzzFeed writer Mallory Mower swears by this roll holder for folding tees: "Before getting this I was driving myself up the wall with my bad folding habits. I basically shoved all my shirts into the storage drawers under my bed, because I have a teeny tiny closet (the picture above gives you a solid idea of how small it is). This has given me a massive amount of clothing storage I didn't have before. The quality is stellar and Traci is 10/10 the most thoughtful person I've purchased a product from!" Read more of her Roll Keeper review (it's number 1). 

Get it from Amazon Handmade for $20.99.

28. A Rapid Ramen Cooker from Shark Tank that'll heat up uncooked noods in the microwave in just three minutes! And if you happen to have leftover eggs, tofu or meat, and veggies from the dining hall, you can enjoy a ~fancy~ meal without using a stove top.

the cooker with ramen ingredients in it
Amazon

Promising review: "God's ramen cooker. This thing may seem like just an ordinary Tupperware, but I assure you it will blow that thin plastic garbage out of the water. It retains heat amazingly and does not bend or falter under extreme temperatures. I'm a college student and I have never felt such joy from making ramen in my small dorm microwave. For a 900-watt I recommend five minutes. Buy this product if you live and breathe air, because it is beautiful." —Theron

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in four sizes and 14 colors).

29. A bedside caddy to stash anything from tech devices to water bottles. No more getting out of bed to grab that *one* thing you need when you can just reach for it right under you.

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Promising review: "Purchased as an added accessory for my son, as he is off to college. He told me it's perfect because he has the top bunk bed. It's convenient as he doesn't have to constantly get down to get his phone, charger. wallet, or water. He just has it on bed and doesn't worry about his things falling." —Selina

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 14 colors).

30. A hand-painted bookshelf tracker bookmark that'll help you remember which page you stopped at during your last reading session. Then when you finish a novel, you can write down its title in one of the 50 spots on the front side. 📚

The book tracker partially filled out
British Book Art / Etsy

British Book Art is a small business where you can find reading goods and have your favorite Disney and Harry Potter characters painted on book pages! 

Promising review: "I’ve been trying to get back into reading and the urge to fill this bookmark is really making me want to read! It’s so cute and I love how much space there is to fill. It came super quick, too!" —Etsy Customer

Get it from British Book Art on Etsy for $3.56.

31. A vaccine card holder with a protective cover, two interior slots, and a travel-friendly design. The best part? It conveniently fits in a backpack or pocket and you can easily take it out if you need to show your vaccine card and/or student ID.

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Promising review: "This is the perfect size for the vaccine card that I have. It also is small enough to fit into my small cross-body purse, so that was a plus for sure. I can also add other documents to it, so that is a good feature as well." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in six colors).

32. A yellow backpack that'll ~check off~ all the things you want for an everyday carryall: a canvas-lined interior that'll protect essentials, comfy adjustable straps that won't slip and hurt your shoulders, and cute details like heart buckles and a white-and-yellow pattern.

yellow-and-white checkered backpack with heart-shaped buckles
Valfré

Valfré was founded by Mexican-born artist Ilse Valfré. The Los Angeles–based brand is known for handbags, T-shirts, and home decor goods with beautiful designs.

Get it from Valfré for $68.

33. A label maker because sharing a fridge is already a pain and you don't want to accidentally eat your roomie's food. This tiny gadget prints labels that easily stick to containers and cartons, so you can avoid the awkward "oops I thought it was mine" convo moving forward.

Labels that say
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Promising review: "I bought this on sale and it was worth every cent. I went through the initial roll of tape in only a few days covering everything myself and my roommates own with various obscenities. It prints clearly and have had no issues with it." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $31.

34. A compact garment rack so you can arrange your seasonal clothes, shoes, and accessories in an Insta-worthy, space-saving display. You can easily access wardrobe essentials *and* creatively show off your style at the same time, even if you don't have a big closet (or any closet at all) in your dorm.

Reviewer's light wood garment rack with pink blouses, a red dress, and storage shelves displaying a camera, sculptures, and succulents
Reviewer uses same garment rack to display wardrobe essentials, including colorful jackets, dresses, and shoes, in their small bedroom

Promising review: "I’m a college student living in a room with a small closet and a lot of clothes. This rack provides a convenient storage option for smaller spaces. The rack gives me plenty of space for my clothes and the wood shelving is a nice touch to store things or decorate! The quality is great for the price! I enjoy how it makes my simple, minimal room look very stylish. In short, I do recommend this item for those on a budget that need a nice organizing piece or enjoy the minimalistic style." —Megan

Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in two colors and eight styles).

35. A white noise machine because footsteps, sirens, and your roommate's late-night convos shouldn't get in the way of a good night's sleep. This compact device comes with 24 soothing sounds that'll help you catch up on ZZZs.

This gadget has 24 different sounds: seven fan sounds, seven white noise sounds, and 10 classical sounds. You can relax in bed listening to anything from ocean waves to a clock ticking, even if your apartment faces another building or a busy street.

There is also a sleep timer you can set to 30, 60, or 90 minutes if you want to take short naps or get ready for bed a little earlier. Plug it in, set the timer, and you can *finally* tune out annoying noise. The sound machine also remembers your last timer, sound, and volume settings when you turn it on again.

Promising review: "I bought this during quarantine because my husband was working from home taking phone calls while I was also at home trying to go to college classes over Zoom. I bought this and put it between our study spaces. It works great! There are so many different sounds to choose from. I usually use the white noise or the fans. They are digitally recorded sounds but they sound really good and I can't tell if they loop." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $33.95.

36. And a few sheets of LED-dimming stickers if lights from your router, TV, and other devices are keeping you up at night. These small adhesives dim 50%–80% of light from gadgets, so you can check if they're still working without an annoying glare. If you want your room to be darker, they'll help so much when it's time for bed.

A reviewer image of something plugged into an outlet emitting an intensely bright blue light
The same device and outlet, but the blue light is significantly dimmed

Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cavelike. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed! Also the product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes." —Amazon Customer

Get a sheet of over 100 dimming stickers (in multiple sizes and shapes) from Amazon for $7.49.

37. A folding step stool because you can finally reach that high shelf in your dorm closet. Plus, you can easily fold it up and store it behind your dresser or under the bed when you're not using it.

model steps on white step stool to reach high shelf in room
Dormify

Promising review: "I had been trying to find a step stool that would be high enough for me because I'm petite sized and I was so glad that Dormify had one! It's just perfect, so totally recommend it!" —Dormify Customer

Get it from Dormify for $29 (available in two colors).

38. And iridescent window film that'll fill your dorm with mini rainbows when sunlight trickles in and give you some privacy. Your window will look like a cool piece of art *and* prevent your neighbors from peeping in.

Iridescent privacy film on reviewer's window above Himalayan Salt Lamp and cat plant pot
Little rainbows bouncing off walls from iridescent privacy film on bathroom window

Promising review: "My daughter wanted this for the window in her dorm room next to a sidewalk. She likes being able to open her blinds and let the light in, but not prying eyes. I had my doubts about the rainbow effect, but if the window faces the correct direction for direct sun, and you are there at the right time of day, the effect is spectacular!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in seven sizes).

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