Skip To Content

    34 Things Lazy College Students Will Probably Appreciate

    No gym. No tan. No Laundry. Repeat.

    by ,

    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 laundry bag with straps that might actually inspire you to do your own laundry instead of waiting to bring it home at a holiday so your parent can do it.

    Promising review: "This bag is very nice and seems durable. It is going to my college freshman’s college dorm! This will make taking laundry from room to laundry area so much easier to carry!" —C. B.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four colors).

    2. A pair of versatile joggers you can wear literally anywhere. Don't waste your one life NOT wearing fashionable sweatpants as real pants., Amazon

    Promising review: "I thought that I could just wear them around the house, but these are nice enough to run errands in. The length is a bit long, but it doesn't bother me a bit. I went one size larger because I do like loose, comfortable clothing. Washed them and they came out wrinkle-free and didn't shrink. Love the pockets, too!" —junipers

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 32 colors and designs).

    3. A pair of indoor/outdoor slippers that are perfect for shuffling down your dorm's cold tile halls or shuffling off to your 8 a.m. econ class.


    Reviewers suggest sizing up for the perfect fit.

    Promising review: "I love these shoes. I can truly say they are the most comfortable house shoe I have ever worn. The fleece is thick, which makes it a bit hard to pull them on, but they are loosening up! They have good rubber soles so you can wear them inside OR outside." —Astara

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 11 colors and styles).

    4. A can of Batiste dry shampoo so you can get that ~just-showered~ look without having to put on your shower sandals and brave the communal bathroom.

    Promising review: "This stuff is a life saver for lazy people. I have thick blonde hair and only like to wash it every two or three days. By day three I need a little pick me up. This always leaves my hair looking 'washed' and I can never see any chalky residue." —Amazon Customer

    Get a it from Amazon for $6.20.

    5. Mighty Patches, because fighting breakouts can be as easy as popping on a sticker that sucks up all that gunk overnight.


    Promising review: "If you have issues with acne (especially those nasty whiteheads) but can't afford all the fancy step by step treatments out there, you at least need to buy these. This truly worked at minimizing my pimples, sucking up the wound and keeping big pimples from getting worse. It really does draw up the pus to the patch! I leave one on overnight and just slowly peel off and then wipe away any remaining pus. I even let my mom who was visiting try it on her pimple and she loved them, so I had to order more!" —Megan Meehan

    Get them from Amazon for $12.50.

    6. A maintenance-free seven-pocket mesh shower tote. It's water-resistant and drains immediately, so you can take it into the shower and just leave it out to dry after without risking a moldy disaster.

    Promising review: "This caddy is exactly what I was looking for! I love how I can organize my shower products — the pockets are roomy, which make products easy to find and use. I use the center for my towels/clothes and the surrounding pockets for hair, teeth, and skin products. I'm a freshman in college who has to brave communal showering, but this caddy works wonders for my shower routine. Before this purchase, I used to have a cylindrical white mesh shower caddy that made organization awful. However, this caddy has the perfect amount of organizational pockets, and the mesh fabric dries quickly. I don't need to worry about rust and slime like my other caddy. Best purchase yet." —Tianna

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49 (available in five colors).

    7. A bottle of wrinkle releaser spray, because ironing is a big, fat NO for at least another 10 years.

    Promising review: "As a college student with a full course load, I'm in and out of my room all the time. This helps me keep my clothes wrinkle-free without having to waste time ironing them. It's also great as it leaves a VERY nice smell on my clothes." —Seth

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.94.

    8. A microwave pasta cooker for when you want to dine in ~luxury~ aka eat something other than ramen. Yes this gif is cursed, but just trust — the pasta maker is legit.

    You can measure, cook, drain, and serve all in one container!

    Promising review: "As a busy college sophomore, I don't have time to stand next to the stove for half an hour trying to cook pasta. But with this baby, that is completely unnecessary. You just grab your choice of pasta, follow some quick easy-to-follow time guidelines (included in the box), and stick it all into the microwave. You can have three servings of pasta ready for you, al dente, in about 15 minutes. Then I'll just throw on some sauce, and voila! A perfect, quick, and extremely easy-to-make pasta meal. There is no need for oil in the cooker or any need for stirring while the pasta is cooking. The pasta never sticks to the cooker regardless of the lack of oil. It's super easy to clean as well. Love this thing. Buy it! You won't regret it!" —Amt

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    9. A caffeinated chocolate bar, because I cannot imagine a better solution for being tired than eating a bar of chocolate.


    Promising review: "I picked up a bar at the hospital cafe for a quick treat. It kicked in immediately and was delicious! I ate the whole bar at once — won't try that again, lol. Quick energy without the shaky, overly buzzed jolt or foggy head. I just ordered a box of 12. It's so much cheaper than having to buy coffee and satisfies appetite at the same time. Not bad ingredients considering it is a bar of chocolate." —Linda Coomes

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four flavors).

    10. A makeup-removing microfiber cloth, because after a full night of studying (definitely NOT partying, no siree) taking off your makeup sounds like way too much work. This makes it SO easy. Just a few swipes with water and you're good!


    This chemical-free cloth removes all your makeup with JUST water!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they're pretty impressive about taking off all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $3.99.

    11. A cookbook for college students filled with cheap, tasty, and manageable recipes. This book goes far beyond ramen noodles, so don't be fooled by the cover!


    Promising review: "This book is PERFECT for college students or anyone that doesn't know the basics of cooking. The recipes are affordable and easy. And the book itself is ridiculously cute." —Quinn R

    Get it from Amazon for $9.30.

    12. Some Glossier products to make your morning makeup routine super quick and simple. Try Boy Brow to pull a quick, full brow look and Cloud Paint for a pretty pop of color.


    Get them from Glossier: Bow Brow for $16 (available in three shades as well as clear) and Cloud Paint for $18 (available in six shades).

    13. A subscription to Lola so all of your period and sexual wellness products can be delivered right to you. No more going to the campus convenience store hoping you don't run into your crush while holding a 50-pack of super-duper-overnight pads.

    With Lola, you get a customized box every four or eight weeks of period and sex products that can include pads, tampons, liners, cleansing wipes, condoms, lube, and more!

    Get it from Lola starting at $8/month.

    14. A bedside caddy to hold your phone, books, Sour Patch Kids — ya know, the essentials.


    Promising review: "I really like this bedside storage caddy. I’m a second-year college student sharing a bunk bed, so I was looking for something to store all my junk. Pros: 100% polyester and three heavy-duty Velcro straps, which seem to be able to hold some pretty heavy stuff. It feels very secure. It has two really deep pockets that can even fit full-sized textbooks, newspapers, or magazines. There are also eight various other pockets that can fit almost anything including iPads, iPhones, remote controls, flashlights, notebooks, pens/pencils, etc. Good packaging; will buy one for my roommate’s bday so he will stop using mine. Cons: Could be cheaper? Then again, I’m a college student in debt so anything above $1 is too much money for me." —Thom B

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    15. A breakfast sandwich maker for whipping up a quick meal with minimal effort and cleanup no matter what time of day. Breakfast sandwiches for every meal forever!


    The non-stick cooking plates make for easy cleanup! All the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "As a college student there are three things that are important to me: sleep, studying, and food. Sometimes I don't eat a decent breakfast due to lack of time. But this little sandwich maker comes to the rescue! The approximate total time from start to finish is about 10 minutes (or possibly less). The best part is it's not just for breakfast either, you can make pizza bagels and other hot sandwiches inside as well (just have to be creative about where you put the ingredients). In short, this breakfast sandwich maker is awesome and was my greatest investment of the year thus far." —Blake

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    16. A comfy velour reading pillow so whether you're studying or binge-watching, you can stay cozy in bed, right where you belong.


    Promising review: "As a college student and an avid reader, I spend a lot of time on the couch or in bed reading or writing on my laptop. I've always had difficulty finding a comfortable position to sit and relax that didn't force me to either sit straight up or lay all the way down. For me, this pillow provides a nice liminal stage for ultimate comfort. The pillow comes compressed, and when it first expanded, I was a little surprised at how small it was. However, when I was using it, I found that the size of the pillow wasn't a problem (I ordered the standard size). It's very soft, and although the shape looks very structured in the photo, in real life, it maintains its shape while also being soft and adjustable." —Alyssa Witbeck

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

    17. A small Brita pitcher to keep in your dorm fridge because unfortunately "great city water quality" didn't rank high on your school choice pros and cons list.


    This pitcher has a five-cup capacity and can fit in most mini-fridges! The filter should be changed after 40 gallons of water, which lasts approximately two months, depending on how much water you drink.

    Promising review: "I keep this in my dorm room because my city does not have the best water. This pitcher makes water taste so much better. It fits well in my fridge and is very easy to clean." —Mollie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    18. A superabsorbent microfiber hair turban that'll get your hair dry a LOT quicker than a regular towel. It'll cut blow drying time from 25 minutes down to five, so maybe get one for your roommate too because that's a LOT of racket.


    Promising review: "I wash my hair every day, and it normally takes 20–25 minutes to blow dry with water dripping everywhere. This turban is my savior! I can just wear it after showering, do other things for 15 minutes, then the blow dry takes only five minutes! It's really great, especially in the summer. Who wants to have a hot dryer facing you for 25 minutes in this heat? I've used it for a year every day, and it's still doing the job perfectly." —Web Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in nine colors).

    19. A powerful vibrating alarm clock for all those deep sleepers out there who don't wake up with loud noises alone.


    There's even a vibration-only setting if you don't want to wake up your roommate!

    Promising review: "My daughter is VERY difficult to get up in the morning. Her cell phone alarm does not faze her at all. This alarm with the added vibration wakes her up with ease, and life has gotten so much more relaxed in the morning. I do not worry about sending her to college and missing classes anymore! Well worth the money and will be buying another before she heads off to school in the fall." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $27.95+ (available in three colors).

    20. A cold shoulder swing dress that you'll find yourself reaching for every day. Dress it up, dress it down, wear it to bed, you live in this dress now.


    Promising review: "The fit isn't like the model, however it is super cute! Great for those days you want to look chic and put together with little effort. Throw this on with a nice long necklace and wedges and you're done. My first day wearing it I was stopped by two women who asked where I bought it and said they loved it had pockets. Very soft and comfortable with a nice weight." —S.V.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.39+ (available in sizes 14–26 and 24 colors and patterns).

    21. A book of college hacks to help solve all of your new life's little problems.


    Promising review: "Love all the great hacks. I've discovered so many things that have been useful to me, things I would never have thought of, and they have saved me space, time, and money. Very useful for the college student who is short on funds." —JK

    Get it from Amazon for $12.93.

    22. A mug warmer that'll save you multiple, painful trips three feet away to the the microwave.


    Promising review: "I thought this was a random purchase when I made it, but it is probably the best purchase I have made on Amazon! I am a college student who relies on coffee while studying, so this keeps my large cup of coffee hot during my long study hours. It has become my must-have when I study!" —Christen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.68.

    23. An Angry Mama microwave cleaner so you can easily wipe up the constant mess in your one appliance (without having to call your actual mama to ask how).

    Promising review: "This little device is great. Super simple. Fill to the lines with vinegar and water, nuke for seven minutes, let sit for two minutes, then wipe clean. My embarrassingly super gross microwave wiped completely clean with a couple paper towels. Highly recommend." —UglyPetty

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

    24. A pack of Bottle Bright tabs — the chance of you ruining every tumbler you own in college is 100%, and these will help you fix them with VERY little effort!

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug...I tried everything. There was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY without even scrubbing. They look brand new. No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    25. A sleep eye mask with bluetooth headphones so you can listen to a book or soft music as you snooze while blocking out the light from your roommate's lamp.,

    Promising review: "The first thing I noticed was how soft it is. I have tried other sleep masks but they usually end up with some seam feeling scratchy on my nose. I love the size of this and how well it fits with the adjustable velcro straps. It blocks light very well, which is great for me as I cannot stand any light when I sleep. I also use a sound machine app and had no trouble pairing this to my phone and playing my sounds. It has really good quality audio and was still playing when I woke up in the morning after about six hours." —TSpencer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    26. A t-shirt that really captures your essence.


    Get it from Tmeprinting on Etsy for $16.17 (available in sizes XS–2XL and seven colors).

    27. A makeup brush cleaning sponge so you can change eyeshadow colors with just a swipe. Gone are the days of having to clean brushes before using them again, aka never cleaning them at all (shhh).

    Promising review: "Let's face it, cleaning your makeup brushes is a chore! This handy tool is phenomenal for those who like to use multiple colors in one look or someone who uses the same brush for everything. You can use this dry and simply run your brushes across the dry sponge which knocks the excess color off your brush and allows you to use it again and again before you really have to wash it. After several uses you can lift the dry sponge out of the container and actually see the little flakes of powders in the bottom of the tin. I also wash this when I wash my brushes, just use the same brush cleaner and warm water to clean this and it's like new and ready to use again once it dries." —That Girl Tara

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    28. An instant mushroom coffee that tastes milder than regular coffee, takes literal seconds to make, and is said to help clear your head and make you more productive. I've tried it and don't worry — it doesn't taste mushroomy at all!


    The coffee comes in individual packets that you mix into hot water. The organic instant coffee also contains lion's mane mushrooms to help support memory and concentration and chaga mushrooms to support the immune system. It has half the caffeine of traditional coffee, so say goodbye to those morning jitters!

    Promising review: "I have no idea if there will legitimately be any real benefits to ingesting these 'super-'mushrooms in my coffee, but what I do know is this: They taste good, and they leave me less jittery than regular coffee. That could be just the result of drinking slightly less coffee in my coffee, but either way, it satisfies my craving for coffee and it tastes good." —Kate O'Neill

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $11.88+ (available in three types).

    Learn more in one BuzzFeeder's review of this coffee.

    29. A Billie subscription so you never have to add razors to your "to get" list again. We all know you're not running errands!


    The starter kit comes with a handle, a magnetic holder, and two razor cartridges. Four replacement cartridges are sent every one, two, or three months, depending on how often you need them. Shave gel, lotion, and other extras can be added as well!

    Get it from Billie starting at $9.

    30. A color-blocked fleece pullover that you can pull on to look put together while basically wearing a blanket., Amazon

    Promising review: "Super warm and comfy! I love this sweater, it feels like I’m wearing a blanket while still being cute! Definitely would buy again as a gift for someone!" —Zulma Solis

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes S–XL and 13 colors).

    31. An accordion file folder to inspire you to finally start keeping track of your important papers. I know this seems like work, but I promise that throwing things in a folder is the easiest way to organize.


    Promising review: "I'm a returning college student, and use this folder to wrangle all my various syllabi and assignments. It has five separate pockets inside which works perfectly for my needs. I love the color combo and the snap closure keeps all the documents inside where they should be. I have been using it for about three months and see no signs of wear as of yet." —Aubin D.

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

    Check out "You Can Fit Your Whole Damn Life Into These Adorable File Folders" for more info!

    32. A set of artificial succulents so you can keep up your dorm's aesthetic without having to do the work of keeping plants alive.,

    Promising review: "These are super cute. They are small but look great on my bookshelf with some photos. Just the small little touch I needed to add to my decor. Great price, too. They were very well packaged and none were broken." —EllaPags

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $15.99.

    33. An HP wireless printer to keep in your room so you don't have to run across campus to the library to use the public printer. Please. Get this. Learn from my mistakes.


    The printer allows you to copy, scan, and print wirelessly via your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

    Promising review: "This printer is efficient. For such a low price, I wasn’t even expecting efficient. I was expecting mediocre, but this printer really came through for me. Also this thing is incredibly easy to set up. I am a college student and printing things at my school made me want to jump out the window, but alas, I am safe from impulsive college printing debacles all because this printer. Just lovely." —Becca

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (comes with options to bundle with ink).

    34. A pack of sticky notes that might help you actually accomplish a few of the one million things you have to do...starting with snacking.


    Promising review: "This notepad is totally worth the investment. I am a teacher and constantly find myself making to-do lists on sticky notes. This pad helps me organize my tasks better and makes me more productive. It helps for me to visually sort what I need to get done, especially ordering it by level of need. I could just make categories on an ordinary sticky note, but as a teacher, time is precious and I have a lot going on. It's worth it to have it organized for me. Definitely recommend!" —Cecilia Lorraine

    Get them from Amazon for $6.99.

    Me literally all through college:


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

    Searching for some great Amazon finds? Check out some of our favorite cheap things to buy on Amazon, some of the weirdest things on Amazon you might actually want, or read through all the rest of our incredible Amazon product recommendations.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

    Amazon Prime Day is coming!

    Sign up for the BuzzFeed Shopping newsletter to get the best deals delivered right to your inbox.
    Newsletter signup form