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27 Handy Gadgets College Students Will Love More Than Fridays

Mini appliances, kitchen products, convenient bed shelves, and more all to help you live your best, most functional life β€” even in a teeny dorm!

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1. A bunk-bed shelf to solve that lousy no-nightstand issue. Now you can have access to your phone, books, and other essentials without crawling out of bed.

Promising review: "I looked high and low for a shelf for my daughter's top bunk in her dorm, and this was the only one I found. Luckily it does the job perfectly!! This is big enough to hold her cell phone, small book, alarm clock , water bottle, etc. The shelf is sunk so that there is some protection against items falling off the shelf. There are two adjustable guides on the side that hook onto the bunk so that you can fit it snugly to whatever size cross-bar is on the bed. She has been very happy with it (I also got a 10' long phone charging cord that reaches from the plug at floor level to the shelf on the upper bunk so that it can charge at night)." β€”norcalpeetnik

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $24.99 or something similar from Amazon for $28.50.

2. A set of in-sync, friendship lamps for the days when you just really miss your bestie or SO...or parents. Just touch your lamp to turn it on, and it'll also light up theirs so you can let them know you're thinking of them.


Promising review: "I don't think I've ever written a review for anything in my life, but this was such a great buy. My girlfriend lives in Canada, while I live in the states. It is great being able to FaceTime, but nothing is quite like being able to hold her hand, or hold her in my arms. This beautiful light gives me a way to show her I am there, without actually being able to be there." β€”Alc

Get them from Uncommon Goods for $150.

3. A phone case with a lil' compartment that'll store debit cards, IDs, and most importantly β€” protect your phone. It also comes with a small adhesive mirror you can stick inside!

Promising review: "This is the second case I bought! Nothing wrong with the first one either, I just wanted more colors! I LOVE this case! There's a place to hold TWO cards. I removed the mirror to hold my ID and credit card easily. I bring it everywhere, and it's held up great especially considering I'm clumsy and drop everything. I highly recommend this product!" β€”Kayla B.

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

4. A light-up cord organizer to keep all of your chargers and random cables from forming a tangled mess on your desk.

Promising review: "This a wonderful little item. I was able to organize our laptop charging cables along with the printer cable (which continually dropped behind the table). The removable top makes it easy to place and remove cables." β€”Stephani

Get it from The Grommet for $19.95 (available in two colors).

5. A mini steamer for ensuring your favorite clothes are wrinkle-free. Bonus: it's travel-sized, so it'll be easy to store in your dorm or apartment!

Promising review: "I already knew that I loved steamers in general, and this one was no different. It’s small size is perfect to travel with and have in my dorm room. It also removes wrinkles from my clothes with ease." β€” Taylor Mazique

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

6. A fun sticker set that'll clearly indicate what cords are YOURS, because we all know that one roommate who's a regular charger thief. πŸ‘€

Promising review: "We have four people in the house, all with iPhones. This has solved the mysterious, disappearing iPhone charger problem." β€”Caryn

Get it from The Grommet for $9.95.

7. A no-spill ice tray because you need all the space you can get out of a mini fridge.

Promising review: "I didn't think an ice cube tray would make such an impression on me, but honestly, this is my favorite kitchen gadget ever. I live in a dorm, where freezer space is at a premium and people are always moving your s**t. Now, I can have ice without worrying about finding specifically flat space, or worrying that it will spill or smell or whatever. I've labeled the silicone cover in large letters with my name, and now I always have fresh, great tasting ice." β€”Lia Bogoev

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

8. A clip-on lamp that has two color features (warm or white light) and a dimming option for those late-night study sessions. It can be attached to desks, tables, headboards, and computers.

Promising review: "This lamp is probably one of the best I've used in a while now. It takes up almost no desk space, and can be flexed into all sorts of angles. It's really bright, despite the low power consumption, and can switch between a bright pure white color to a more relaxing warm white. The best part about it is that it's USB-powered, meaning you can just plug it into your computer without taking up another outlet, and the cord is pretty long, too (although it will turn off when your computer does). If you do want to plug it into an outlet, it comes with a USB wall adapter (bonus phone charger!). The clip is pretty big, and can fit around even really thick desks. It clamps down with a bit of force, but it's lined with a thick pad of foam to prevent damage. The lamp only gets a little warm, even when running for hours at full brightness. Overall, a great lamp that I would definitely recommend!" β€”NerdyPhysicsGuy

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in black, white, and silver).

9. A mug warmer you'll be incredibly thankful for during caffeine-packed all-nighters.

Just don't let the RA see it if hot pots are banned from your dorm.

Promising review: "I really hate cold coffee so would have to gulp it down until I bought this. Now I can leisurely enjoy my coffee while reading! I love this mug warmer!!" β€”Pen Name

Get it from Amazon for $10.

10. And speaking of caffeine, a single-serve coffee maker so you can quickly brew a to-go cup of joe for that miserable 8 a.m.

Promising review: "I am a college student and buying big-name coffee brands adds up over time, so I needed to invest in an affordable coffee maker that would fit in my little dorm studio. I am so happy I bought this one! The single scoop is the coolest aspect of this ever! No more figuring out how many table spoons you will need β€” I just take my coffee mug, fill it up with some water, pour it into the back, and then take my lil scooper and scoop! This is the perfect coffee maker for people who live alone or don't drink that much coffee because it only makes one cup. Can't go wrong with this if you are a college student!" β€”Keara

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

11. A life-changing PopSocket to attach to your devices so you can securely hold your phone or tablet (and take the best selfies, obviously). The adjustable grip also props your phone up for the ultimate Netflix binge.

I finally ended up purchasing one of these because I was tired of dropping my phone on my face when I'd lay in bed and play Candy Crush (true story). I am now totally dependent on my PopSocket and I can't imagine using my phone without it. It seriously keeps my hands from aching and makes it incredibly easy to text one-handed. I also love that I can prop it up on plane rides and watch my favorite shows without the hassle of holding my phone the entire trip.

Get it from Amazon for $10.88+ (available in six colors).

12. A lap desk for comfortably utilizing all your gadgets because studying in your bed beats slowly deteriorating in the library.

Promising review: "We bought the 'sparkly gray' for my daughter when she returns to college and my husband liked it so much, I bought the black for him on Father's Day! My daughter is left-handed and my husband is right-handed, and the phone/mouse pad slides through the desk (either right or left) to accommodate them. They both have 13.3" laptops which fit comfortably (of course, not at the SAME time as a tablet). They both use their tablets to watch movies, although I'm sure my daughter uses hers more for studying. ;-). It's surprisingly lightweight, when compared to similar products we've had before, and the memory foam padding is quite comfortable. The light is easily removed if you don't need it, or have a larger laptop (and slides into it's own pocket, so you don't lose it!) All in, a really nice find." β€”J. Kiser

Get it from Amazon for $44.99..

13. A fabric shaver that'll rid your best beanies, sweatpants, and sweaters from those dreaded, fuzzy pills., Gere /

Promising review: "Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in last attempts to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. Along came this lil baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m de-pilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything de-pilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." β€”Sydney Jensen

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in six colors).

14. A dinosaur note holder to store your pencils and remind you of any important memos β€” like homework due dates and test days.

Get it from Amazon for $11.

15. A keychain headphone splitter for the lectures when you need to show your classroom BFF the funniest YouTube vid– I mean, something super important and relevant to class.

Promising review: "This looks great with my car and home keys. The keyring splitter is small so it doesn't take much space at all in your travel bags or even in your pockets. Since I have mine attached to my car keys I tend to have it inside my pockets most of the day and it's not uncomfortable. Normally when you use a splitter you'll notice a downfall on your sound because it's being split. With this splitter that doesn't happen. You can really feel and see how this keyring splitter is super well thought and manufactured." β€”Pablo Valero

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

16. A set of lightsaber chopsticks because if you aren't eating your ramen with these, then what are you even doing?

Promising review: "These are the coolest chopsticks I have ever seen. I bought these as a birthday gift for my brother. The instructions for use and cleaning were clear and concise, the light that they give off is amazing! My brother was beyond excited." β€”Jennifer P. Lane

Get them from Amazon for $13.87 (set of two).

17. A teeny iron that'll remove wrinkles from your clothes with ease. It's so tiny that you'll have no issues finding a home for it in your dorm or apartment.

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." β€”Trinh Le

Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

18. AND! A scorch-resistant, tabletop board so you can iron on any flat surface. You won't have to worry about storing a giant ironing board β€” just fold it up and stow away!

Promising review: "I live in an apartment with limited space and did not want a large ironing board I'd have to take down and put up. So this works perfect for the limited ironing I do. I place it on my bed and when I'm finished I just close the legs and hang it in my closet, finished!" β€”DL

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

19. A microwavable egg maker to efficiently cook omelets, and scrambled or poached eggs without all the hassle. Who says you need to have a full kitchen to make yummy food?!

Promising review: "I am living in a college dorm and this cookware is great to make eggs in the microwave. Make sure to add salt, oil, and a splash of milk to make them more fluffy. Breakfast in two minutes. Saves me when I'm in a rush." β€”Sofi Bonilla

Get it from Amazon for $9.20.

20. A rotating oven with an automatic shut-off timer for heating up your favorite frozen treats. Can someone say, PIZZA POCKETS?!

Promising review: "This appliance should come standard in every dorm room. Not only is the one of the safest ways I could imagine doing dorm cooking, but it also EXTREMELY versatile. I have made prosciutto wrapped cheese stuffed jalapenos, broiled steaks, fried eggs, baked cookies, and of course made frozen pizza on this wonderful machine, all using tin-foil to form what ever kind of pan or tray I needed. The default state of the machine is as a rotating cooling rack with a fan that cools the heating element as well as the food/tray. Overall it's idiot proof and versatile beyond expectation." β€”Cman

Get it from Amazon for $49.90.

21. A produce saver container that'll keep your fruits and veggies fresh for almost two weeks. BYEEE sad, moldy strawberries!, Natalie Brown /

Read our full review on these magical things.

"The berry I left in the original container's dehydrated and blemished, with wrinkled, crunchy leaves. (I'm not eating the leaves, but still). But the produce-saver strawb's as fresh as it was on day one! Two notes: although the directions for the produce savers say you don't have to wash your fruit and veggies first, I still rinsed all the strawberries at once, in the original container, before putting half in the produce saver. And I'm convinced the only reason these didn't last 14 full days (or longer) is they weren't completely fresh when I bought them β€” a few of them had bruises, which had begun to mold when I checked the produce saver on day 14. The rest of the berries were perfectly good, though: I rinsed one non-moldy one off (~in case of spores~, bc I worry about random things like that) and it still tasted fresh! Needless to say, I love these things!" β€”Natalie Brown

Get it from Amazon for $5.66+ (available in six sizes and two set options).

22. A portable charger you hook onto your keys because nothing is ~spoOOookier~ than a lifeless phone.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

23. A multipurpose hair clip (yes, a hair clip!) you can literally whip out to open bottles, tighten glasses, cut packages, and a variety of other handy things.

Promising review: "This is AWESOME. Yeah, it's a little bigger than a regular clip. Yeah, the 'saw' is dullish (good! I don't want a sharp blade by my hair). But it is good enough to cut daily stuff. I have used it to open packaging and cut off a loose thread. The wee screwdriver has already been helpful with my glasses and tightening a key holder. Will this save you in the woods? Probably not. Will this help you with basic, daily non-emergency stuff: without a doubt." β€”CLS

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in three colors).

24. A toilet bowl light to save your eyes and keep you from totally waking up when you need to hit the loo in the middle of the night.

Kaylah /

Promising review: "Works exactly as described. Motion detection works perfectly and it turns off pretty quickly once you're finished with your business. No need to turn on the bathroom lights at night to wake you up completely. Works only when the room is really dark." β€”S. Lee

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

25. A hanging caddy for conveniently holding essential shower products. It has adjustable tentacles so all of your bottles fit perfectly. I'm not ~squidding~ you β€” this thing is great.

Promising review: "I have owned mine for over 18 months now and I still absolutely love it. We've moved twice since I bought it and both places didn't have anywhere to store shampoo in the shower so it has been a life saver. I was a little iffy with the price as I thought it's a little expensive for what is is, however the usefulness of the product is well worth the money. I bought the blue one and it hasn't faded at all. It hardly needs cleaning because the shower takes care of most of it, however if you get a bit of build up I find that letting it soak, or rinsing in hot water is the best. I've only done this twice though since I've had it. I love how easy it is to transport as well. I just pack it up in a plastic sealable bag and off we go." β€”Alicia

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $33.

26. A set of flameless, battery-operated candles with a remote control because open flames are prohibited in most dorms, but you still deserve to relax in a cozy atmosphere.

Promising review: "I love the realistic look of these candles. I will be purchasing more for different rooms. It's hard to explain how realistic they look. The remote control allows you to dim them or make them brighter, set a certain amount of hours for how long you want them to burn, candle option for flickering, or light option for still candles, and turn them off or on!!! The remote makes it easy. The candles are actually wax so they have no fake plastic look which makes them more realistic to me. I recommend this set it really is amazing! The flickering effect is realistic and calming. Thank you for a great product!" β€”Rebel

Get it from Amazon for $14.99+.

27. And a wall organizer that'll keep your important papers, due dates, and schedule in a ~memorable~ location so you're always prepared for the week.

Get it from PBTeen for $129+ (originally $119; available in two colors).

Cheers to your new, totally functional, and awesome room!


Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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