Menu

College Shopping Checklist

Share on facebook
Share (611)
Share on pinterest
Pin It (75)
Share on google
Share (126)
Share on twitter
Tweet (17)
Share on email
Email (475)
Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on email

How It Works

We built our college dorm shopping checklist to help students save time and money. Our team went shopping for you and compiled a list of awesome products at affordable prices. The dorm guide also includes our need vs. want rating system and commentary which help students and parents decide what items to bring to college.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the free 6-Month Amazon Prime Student Trial!

Try It Out!

The Checklist

The checklist is broken down into 12 categories and you can click on any item or section button to view our recommended products, need rating, and in-depth student commentary. 

Essential items are indicated by a check mark, but some may differ or be worth bringing depending on your budget, preference, and living situation. For example, students who share a communal bathroom with their entire floor have different needs than those with their own.

Bedroom

12 Items

      Mattress
      Mattress Topper/Pad
      Bedsheets
      Comforter
      Blankets
      Pillows
      Small Fan
      Wastebasket
      Long Phone Charger
      Bed Caddy
      Nightstand
      Lamp

Bathroom

16 Items

      Shower Shoes/Robe
      Shower Towel/Hook
      Hand Towels
      Shower Caddy/Bin
      Shower Curtain/Hooks
      Shower Mat
      Bathroom Rug
      Toilet Paper/Holder
      Plunger
      Toiler Cleaner
      Scale
      Small Mirror

For Class

11 Items

      Backpack
      Laptop
      Headphones
      USB
      Calculator
      Binders/Notebooks
      Pencils/Pens
      Sharpies/Highlighters

For Room

8 Items

      Area Rug
      Surge Protector
      HDMI Cord
      Beanbag Chair
      Futon/Couch
      Speakers
      Television
      Gaming Consoles

Storage

9 Items

Kitchen

15 Items

      Mini Fridge
      Microwave
      Coffee Maker
      Water Filter
      Water Bottle
      Eating Utensils
      Cups/Plates/Bowls
      Tupperware
      Ziploc Bags
      Dish Scrubber/Soap
      Easy Snacks
      Drinks

Laundry

11 Items

Wardrobe

11 Items

      Tops/Bottoms
      Undergarments
      Outerwear
      Dress Clothes
      Shoes
      Hats
      Wallet/Purse
      Watches/Jewelry
      Sunglasses

Save Money!

1. Amazon Student Prime

Our top pick for saving money this back to college season is Amazon, which offers student’s access to nearly any brand or product and a free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime Student! Students who sign up get free 2 day shipping on all prime eligible products and access to a wide range of services including Prime Video and Music, Amazon Channels, Prime Reading, Exclusive Discounts, and more! Amazon also helps students save money through their warehouse section, which features open box returns on top products at reduced prices.

2. Target College Registry

Another great place for students and parents to shop this back to college season is Target. Signing up for the free College Registry gives you 15% off your entire online order! The service also gives students the ability to add products to their registry by scanning barcodes in Target stores, set custom order pick up dates, and select a location near their college.

3. Ebates Cashback Shopping

Another great way to save this back to college season is Ebates.com, a cash-back shopping website with dozens of top retailers. You can shop at places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Overstock.com, Kohl’s, jet, and many more. Ebates also offers a free $10 signup bonus when you make a free account and make a purchase over $25. When you’re on the website just select the store you want to shop at and it will redirect you to the retailers website. Alternatively, you can download the Ebates cash back button browser extension so you don’t have to visit the main website every time.

Like this article?
Share on facebook
Share on Facebook
Share on twitter
Share on Twitter
Share on google
Share on Google+
Share on pinterest
Share on Pinterest
Next Section