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31 Products That Will Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like Home

Home is where the mini-fridge is.

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1. Photo clip string lights that’ll give your dorm room that “I saw it on Pinterest” vibe.

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It’s a cute and creative way to look back on old memories while you’re making new ones.

Get the battery-powered lights for $11.49 and the USB for $12.49 at Walmart.

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2. A hot air popcorn popper so you won’t have to use the communal microwave and risk starting a fire, burning down the building, fleeing the scene, and starting a new life.

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Promising review: "Gave to my son as a gift. He loves it. No oil needed, it is easy to clean, easy to use and pops all kernels." —LAZNOLA

Get it for $16.97 at Walmart.

3. A shower locker, to keep your shampoo safe from the hoards of other dorm dwellers.

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Promising review: "I live with my brothers and I got tired of buying shampoo that would be gone in a week, so I bought this and I'm so glad I did!!! Now those @$$holes don't touch my stuff :) So worth the money." —Jennifer m.

Get it for $39.99 on Amazon. Available in multiple colors.

4. A mini succulent in a frog cup for no reason other than no one’s stopping you.

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Promising review: “I bought 2 of the green frog planters as gifts for my daughters. The planters are absolutely adorable. The succulents are perfect, my girls just loved them. They said it was the cutest frog ever, and I couldn't agree more. I'm going to buy another one for myself.” —Vibes and Company

Get it starting at $10.98 from SucculentPopUpShop on Etsy.

5. A fragrant reed diffuser, in case your roommate has a laissez-faire attitude toward hygiene.

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Candles are forbidden in a lot of dorm rooms, but this diffuser will make your space smell fresh, no fire required.

Get it for $32 at Anthropologie.

6. If you are in a flame-friendly space, get a candle that smells like the essence of your home state.

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Is it true that Arizona smells like touches of desert sand, blue agave, lime, and orange citrus?

Get it for $29.95 at BuzzFeed's Homesick Candle shop.

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7. An adjustable, heat-dissipating laptop stand so that when your laptop heats up and makes a noise like a plane taking off, it won’t burn your legs.

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Promising review: “I love this desk. I'm a grad student and it's great for getting work done in a comfortable setting. I also don't have a TV in my room, so it doubles as a stand for my laptop when I watch Netflix in bed!” —Barbara Schindo

Get it for $29.99 on Amazon.

8. A dorm-sized coffee maker so you don't have to schlep to the dining call for your morning cup.

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Essential for when your parents are no longer around to drag your ass out of bed.

Get it for $59 at Walmart.

9. And a travel mug that will make it easier to hustle yourself out the door.

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Promising review: "I drink coffee all day. I use 4 of these in one day. This keeps my coffee warm in the cold weather and ice has yet to melt in the warm weather. I love my Ozark coffee mug!!!!" —Allie

Get the silver version for $6 and the red version for $7 at Jet.

10. An alarm clock for those ungodly 8 AM classes.

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Promising review: “I got this to take with me to college. I wanted something small, battery-operated, lights on command, and cute. I can set this little thing in the corner of my loft and hit the light button if I wake up to see what time it is. The beep isn't obnoxious but just annoying enough to make you want to shut it off. Overall, I'm really happy with it right now. Hopefully it continues to work great, especially for the price.” —Shortney127

Get it for between $7 and $12.98 at Walmart. Available in multiple colors.

11. A gel cooling pillow for when your dorm room is hot enough to be a hell portal.

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Promising review: “I don't usually treat myself, but when I needed a pillow, I figured I would splurge and I tried something different. I was not disappointed. I love this pillow and will have to fight others in my house for it. I was wary of a memory foam pillow because I just pictured it as being too warm, but that is not the case with this pillow. It stays cool while supporting your head perfectly. I am very happy with this purchase and based on the jealousy that is now in my house, I'm going to be ordering more in the future. I HIGHLY recommend it.” —Bob Wevodau

Get it for $35.19 on Amazon.

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12. An eraser board mini-fridge for healthy drinks and snacks, or at least pizza and more pizza.

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Promising review: “I bought this refrigerator for my dorm room in college, and I couldn't be happier! It works perfectly, and is just what I needed to store whatever random food that I need. The markers they give you with it show up nicely on the whiteboard, and is very helpful in sharing information with my roommate. ” —dmar0830

Get it for $99 at Walmart.

15. A monogrammed laundry bag so you’ll be lugging your dirty underwear all over campus in style.

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Promising review: “Just as pictured, it's a pretty big bag! I bought it for my sister who's going to college this fall out of state—so much easier for her to carry this tote than a laundry basket around campus!” —Alexis Urwin

Get it for $28 from JennLorynDesigns on Etsy. Available in multiple colors.

16. A bed shelf for people in the top bunk who need to have their phone, Chapstick, a water bottle, and several snacks within reach at all times.

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Promising review: “I ordered this for my son to use on his dorm bunk bed. He really likes it since it serves as a bedside table for him to place his phone, remote, a book, etc. Very handy—a real hit!” —STEADYGAL

Get it for $24.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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17. A chic chevron wastebasket.

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When you and your roommate refuse to take out the Jenga tower of trash because you’re both pretty sure it’s the other person’s turn, at least the wastebasket itself will look aesthetically pleasing.

Get it for $8.96 at Walmart.

18. A cozy moon chair for when you need to curl up with a good book (or an okay textbook).

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Promising review: “In the case of a dorm chair, it really doesn't get much better than this. It's large, comfortable, and I could practically sleep in it. It isn't as large as one would think, but it's obnoxiously comfortable.” —dani

Get it for $36 at Walmart. Available in multiple colors.

19. A snuggly Sherpa throw blanket that you can haul into the lounge when your roommate sexiles you.

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Or for those nights when you just want to cuddle up and FaceTime your dog.

Get it for $19.99 at Walmart. Available in multiple colors.

21. A wireless waterproof speaker so you can jam out in the only place with any privacy: the shower.

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Promising review: “Powerful little speaker! Quick to charge, excellent sound, water resistant, and great to have volume control and skipping on it. Battery life is good. Use it in the shower (the suction cup is strong and works well), throughout the house, and outside.” —Rebecca L.

Get it for $20.99 on Walmart or $24.99 on Amazon.

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22. A clip-on lamp so you can read at night, just like the old days, without bothering your roommate.

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Promising review: “The perfect lamp for a small desk. Sleek, compact, won't move around or tip over. Also, it doesn't get hot, and doesn't take up much room. A good choice, and a great buy.” —CassyMcT

Get it for $5.87 at Walmart. Available in multiple colors.

23. A memory foam mattress topper, because you just never know what the mattress situation is going to be.

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Promising review: “I bought this mattress topper (twin xl) for my college freshman because I knew the mattress in her dorm would be very thin. She just loves this topper. She says her bed is very comfortable. I searched a long time for a 4-inch topper that wasn't super expensive. This is a very good deal.” —JHedrick

Get a Twin XL for $87.37 at Walmart.

25. Cute storage baskets that are perfect for making your own under-the-bed pantry.

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Promising review: "Used these baskets for pantry organization. They are the perfect size for sorting things like chips, crackers, smaller containers of baking ingredients, plastic utensils, etc. And they look really nice." —Amber

Get them for $7.47 at Walmart.

26. A tufted headboard, for an easy upgrade to your standard-issue dorm bed.

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It's the little touches that make a dorm a home.

Get it for $93.21 for a twin at Jet.

**New Jet customers receive 15% off their first three orders of $35 or more with the code SAVE15

27. A bedside caddy, because you'll probably be using your bed as a desk, a kitchen table, a couch, and a conference room.

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Promising review: “This product is well-made with lots of storage. I put books, tablet, phone, remote, and phone charger in it. It also has a slot for tissues. Very convenient.” —Piedmont

Get it for $9.69 at Jet.

28. A throw pillow you can personalize with a quote that reminds you of home.

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Promising review: “Everything about this store and this item were perfect from start to finish. The owner was amazing and got it shipped within 24 hours. The pillow design and quality were sooooo perfect and I couldn't be happier with the end product. I'd recommend her and her product to anyone. 100% perfect.” —Brooke Seaman

Get it starting at $39.99 from 42ndStDesigns on Etsy.

30. A plush bedrest for those nights when your body belongs to the bed and your heart belongs to Netflix.

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Promising review: “It is super cozy and looks really cute on my dorm room bed!” —Ayseaa

Get it for $12.88 at Walmart. Available in multiple colors.

31. A headband that doubles as headphones so you can stay up way too late, fall asleep watching Netflix, and regret everything in the morning—which is, let’s face it, exactly what you’d be doing at home.

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Promising review: “Love these, especially on long-distance flights as you are able to sleep comfortably listening to music or while ‘watching’ a movie! They're also great for white noise if you are sharing a room/bed with someone else who doesn't want to listen to the same sounds. They're very soft and comfortable, with a slightly large fit. And it is easy enough to wash the cover when needed.” —Lindi O.

Get it for $31.95 on Amazon.

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