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28 Helpful Products To Solve All Your College Student Problems

Everything you need to survive cramped dorms, long nights, and life on campus.

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1. A two-tiered, lofted bed shelf to fix that lousy no-nightstand issue. Now you can have access to your phone, books, and other essentials without having to crawl out of bed.

Get it from Perlov on Etsy for $69 (available in five finishes, and right/left bedside options), or get a similar plastic one from Amazon for $28.50.
Perlov / Etsy

Get it from Perlov on Etsy for $69 (available in five finishes, and right/left bedside options), or get a similar plastic one from Amazon for $28.50.

2. Or if you don't have a lofted bed but like the idea of having your goods nearby, a bedside organizer that'll easily store the important stuff because trying to find the remote at the end of a long day should be against the law.

Promising review: "My nightstand was getting too cluttered and I couldn't stand it. This is great! I have two remotes, my glasses, a tablet stand, and my Kindle Paperwhite. The bottle holder is a great bonus. The pockets are a little stiff, but it's brand new and everything fits anyway. It seems pretty stuck between the mattress and box spring. Overall, I'm very pleased with this product!" –SarahJGet it from Amazon for $11.99.
Sarah J / amazon.com

Promising review: "My nightstand was getting too cluttered and I couldn't stand it. This is great! I have two remotes, my glasses, a tablet stand, and my Kindle Paperwhite. The bottle holder is a great bonus. The pockets are a little stiff, but it's brand new and everything fits anyway. It seems pretty stuck between the mattress and box spring. Overall, I'm very pleased with this product!" –SarahJ

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

3. A notebook with pre-filled guides so you're able to quickly jot down notes in those laptop-free classes.

Amazon, AMChicago / amazon.com

Promising review: "Great useful notebooks! There's 120 pages in each notebook, numbered pages, hardly if no bleed-throughs when using a pen or highlighter. It's nicely sized with a lot of space for writing down notes, and I won't have to worry about getting water on the notebook because of the water resistant covers (front and back). The pages are numbered which is a plus, and it's about the size of my MacBook Air 13". I bought two and will be buying more in the future. Highly recommend for high school/college students!!" —Sayaka

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two styles).

4. A laptop desk so you can comfortably binge wat— I mean, write your essay in bed.

This handy lil' desk also has a tilted tray for your laptop with vent slits to keep it from overheating. Promising review: "This is great. I am a lazy college student who doesn't ever want to get out of bed. That bit me in the butt last year because my computer overheated from not being able to vent properly on my comforter. This product allows me to be lazy and also allows me to take proper care of my computer! Not to mention it is very easy to store and looks cool!" —katieGet it from Amazon for $35.99.
Amazon

This handy lil' desk also has a tilted tray for your laptop with vent slits to keep it from overheating.

Promising review: "This is great. I am a lazy college student who doesn't ever want to get out of bed. That bit me in the butt last year because my computer overheated from not being able to vent properly on my comforter. This product allows me to be lazy and also allows me to take proper care of my computer! Not to mention it is very easy to store and looks cool!" —katie

Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

5. 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.

Amazon

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!" —NerdyPhysicsGuy

Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two colors and styles).

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

Get it from Meo on Etsy for $12.99 or The Grommet for $9.95 (designed for Apple iMac and iPhone chargers).
Meo / Etsy

Get it from Meo on Etsy for $12.99 or The Grommet for $9.95 (designed for Apple iMac and iPhone chargers).

7. Bluetooth headphones perfect for working out, bike riding, studying, and honestly just living your dang life — no more tangled cords and frustration.

Promising review: "I'm a college student and since high school, I would go through headphone brand after headphone brand. I have to say that these are some of the best quality headphones I've ever had. This cured my skepticism of Bluetooth. I just connected it to my iPhone 6s without any hassle. The signal doesn't phase out (something I've experience with lower quality blue tooth). This brand has me wondering why I didn't switch to Bluetooth sooner. No obnoxious cords and the sound quality is so good that I don't have to turn my volume up all the way." —A. LambertGet them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three colors).
Jessica / amazon.com / Amazon

Promising review: "I'm a college student and since high school, I would go through headphone brand after headphone brand. I have to say that these are some of the best quality headphones I've ever had. This cured my skepticism of Bluetooth. I just connected it to my iPhone 6s without any hassle. The signal doesn't phase out (something I've experience with lower quality blue tooth). This brand has me wondering why I didn't switch to Bluetooth sooner. No obnoxious cords and the sound quality is so good that I don't have to turn my volume up all the way." —A. Lambert

Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three colors).

8. A refrigerator and freezer odor eliminator you'll be forever thankful for when your roomie leaves their stinky leftovers in the fridge for weeks.

All you have to do is fill it with baking soda and let it do its thing! Get it from Amazon for $13.99, and get a giant, 64-oz box of baking soda for $10.46.
Amazon

All you have to do is fill it with baking soda and let it do its thing!

Get it from Amazon for $13.99, and get a giant, 64-oz box of baking soda for $10.46.

9. A set of cable clips so you never again have to crawl under your desk in search of the cord that tragically slipped behind it.

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.88+ (available in four other styles).
Amazon / Franquie / amazon.com

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.88+ (available in four other styles).

10. A magnetic dry-erase board for easily displaying roommate duties, bill due-dates, and schedules. Now everyone in your apartment or dorm will know what the heck's goin' on!

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two sizes).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two sizes).

11. A four-piece drawer organizing set because the limited space you have should be efficiently used to store your ever-growing wardrobe.

Get it from Amazon for $13.87+ (available in two colors).
MissTish64/ amazon.com

Get it from Amazon for $13.87+ (available in two colors).

12. And! An under-the-bed storage container with compartments for shoes, scarves, and other clothing that you want to stow away (out of your closet!) for the season.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
Amazon / Amazon Customer / amazon.com

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

13. A no-spill ice tray because if you're in a dorm, 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." —Lia BogoevGet it from Amazon for $9.99.
Amazon

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." —Lia Bogoev

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

14. A big ol' box of ear plugs you'll need when your hooligan neighbors are up at the wee hours throwin' parties and playin' Fortnite.

Amazon

Promising review: "I am a busy student pursuing my degree in accounting and finance. This requires me to spend a lot of time reading and studying; tasks that are extremely hard without complete focus. Using these has allowed me to regain my focus! I can now put these in and drown out the world around me and immerse myself into my studies. My original concern was feeling that spending $20 on earplugs was outrageous, but now that I have them I am extremely happy with my purchase. Also, 200 of these little guys should get me through my college career." —Alex

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $4.10+ (available in two styles and more pack sizes).

15. A USB-powered mini fan you can take with you to the library to keep you cool, refreshed, and AWAKE during all-nighters.

Plus the TAIL is the on/off switch, and if there is anything cuter than that, then I need to see it!Get it from Urban Outfitters for $28.
Urban Outfitters

Plus the TAIL is the on/off switch, and if there is anything cuter than that, then I need to see it!

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $28.

16. 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.

Amazon

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." —Trinh Le

Get it from Amazon for $27.95.

17. Aaaaand, 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 — just fold it up and stow away!

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

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

18. A small ottoman that can provide storage, table space, and seating — which everyone could use more of, TBH.

Amazon

The lid can flip over and become a handy end table, and then open up for extra storage.

Promising review: "So cute and easy to assemble! Bought for my dorm room, provides storage and acts as step stool to get on to my bed. Seems sturdy!!" —Diana Torralba

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two colors and other styles).

19. A bluetooth keyboard compatible with multiple devices that'll allow you to efficiently take notes in class and not have to worry about lugging around (or buying!!) an expensive laptop.

Diana Barron / amazon.com, MB / amazon.com

This keyboard is compatible with Windows, Mac, or Chrome computers; Android or iOS mobile devices; and can fit phones/tablets up to 10 inches wide and 0.4 inches thick. PLUS!!! It has three separate channels so you're able to instantly switch back and forth between devices.

Promising review: "I wanted this so I didn't have to lug around my laptop to my college classes, especially considering most of them don't approve of laptop use in class anyways, but I wanted to be able to type out anything really quickly without running around campus looking for an available computer. The bluetooth connectivity is super easy to connect. I find it great that it has different channels for three devices, that way you don't have to worry about confusing the keyboard on where to connect and having to fiddle with bluetooth on every device you own. The keyboard itself is fantastic. It responds well and is the size of a standard laptop keyboard. This keyboard might be bigger than other portable keyboards to keep that natural feel, but it doesn't compromise the size by adding in weight. It weighs only a couple pounds, making it feel more like a standard hardcover book than a fully functional keyboard." —Gideon Lee

Get it from Amazon for $28.97+ (available in black and white).

20. A six-foot extension cord, USB port, AND surge protector so you're completely set when it comes to charging ALLLL of your electronics.

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in black and white).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in black and white).

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

Amazon, LW / amazon.com

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." —Sofi Bonilla

Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

22. An actually stylish hamper and a removable bag so laundry is a bit more bearable — aaaand so you don't have to stare at an ugly basket filled with dirty, stanky clothes.

Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $29.96+ (available in single and double).

23. Or a set of laundry bags with directions for washing in case you forgot what your parents taught you that one time you weren't listening...

...and a bonus bag to take home to the 'rents. A set of three from PBTeen on sale for $33.99 (originally $49).
PBTeen

...and a bonus bag to take home to the 'rents.

A set of three from PBTeen on sale for $33.99 (originally $49).

24. A dimmable lighted mirror to give you glorious lighting so you don't have to do your makeup in a dark, poorly-lit dorm room.

It's a cordless mirror that requires four AA batteries (get a 48-pack of them for $13.99). Get it from Amazon for $17.98.
Amazon

It's a cordless mirror that requires four AA batteries (get a 48-pack of them for $13.99).

Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

25. And a 360 degree rotating makeup organizer with tons of room for your beauty products because dorms don't come with a beautiful built-in vanity, sadly.

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three styles and colors).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three styles and colors).

26. A suede and leather brush to get the annoying scuffs and salt lines off of your favorite shoes, bags, and coats. Ya just never know when you'll have to trek across campus when it's rainy and muddy.

Melissa / amazon.com

Promising review: "I ordered this brush hoping it would be able to clean my faux suede boots after a night of dancing in the dirt! To my surprise (but huge relief!), this small but handy brush got the job done! 98% of the dirt came off and even though my boots aren’t as dark black as they were before, this brush has allowed them to be wearable again! Five stars!" —Melissa

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

27. A portable safe that'll store perfectly under your bed so you have a place to lock up important valuables.

Promising review: "I got this for my college student and he said it's easy to store under his bed and is easy to access when you need stuff. It's very big inside — his laptop, personal paperwork, cables, phone, money, credit cards fit, and he even has space for more stuff. It's BIG inside but flat enough to fit under your bed. AWESOME SAFE, even for college students." —mightyTGet it from Amazon for $74.17.
Amazon

Promising review: "I got this for my college student and he said it's easy to store under his bed and is easy to access when you need stuff. It's very big inside — his laptop, personal paperwork, cables, phone, money, credit cards fit, and he even has space for more stuff. It's BIG inside but flat enough to fit under your bed. AWESOME SAFE, even for college students." —mightyT

Get it from Amazon for $74.17.

28. And lastly, a 299-piece compact first aid kit that can easily fit in a drawer so you always have easy access to basic medical supplies.

Justin W. / amazon.com, The Fix It Guy / amazon.com

It has medicine, antiseptics, bandages, gauze, burn gel, gloves, and more.

Get it from Amazon for $13.85.

Here's to making college life a little easier.

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