8 Essential Desk Items For Your College Dorm Room

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  • We created a list of essential desk supplies that students need for their dorm room.
  • Every item on the list includes a need vs. want rating score, product recommendations, and helpful student commentary.
  • Desk essentials are indicated by a checkmark and you can click on any item to jump to our review.

Desk & Chair

Need vs. Want Rating

Desk
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Chair
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Frequently Asked Questions

The standard dorm room has a desk and chair for each roommate, but most students find them uncomfortable to sit on for extended periods. You might want to consider bringing a more comfortable chair if you plan on doing the majority of studying and homework in your room. Students with limited transportation space can always purchase a cheap office chair from a store near their college.

Desk Organizer & Lamp

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Desk Organizer
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Desk Lamp
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Frequently Asked Questions

A clean and organized desk space makes studying easier and reduces the likelihood of losing important papers. You can find plenty of cheap 3-tier mesh organizers online that have sliding compartment drawers, file trays, and upright sections.

Printer & Paper/Ink

Need vs. Want Rating

Printer
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Printer Paper/Ink
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Most college libraries and computer labs charge students 5 to 15 cents per sheet for black ink. While the overall cost is slightly more expensive in the long run, having a printer in your dorm room is extremely convenient. Our team would have gone to college for free if we had a penny for everytime a roommate or hallmate asked to use our printers.

A lot of students save money by splitting the cost of a printer with a roommate. You should also bring a few packs of printer paper and replacement ink cartridges.

Index Cards &
Sticky Notes

Need vs. Want Rating

Index Cards
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Sticky Notes
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Frequently Asked Questions

Flashcards are extremely helpful for learning new terms and concepts taught in college courses. A lot of students also use online tools like Quizlet to create and share study sets with friends. However, studies have shown that hand-written flashcards are the most effective way to learn and retain information.

Stapler, Scissors,
Hole Puncher, & Ruler

Need vs. Want Rating

Stapler
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Scissors
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Hole Puncher
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Ruler
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Frequently Asked Questions

College libraries and computer labs have staplers, scissors, rulers, and hole punchers readily available for students to use. However, a lot of students prefer the convenience of having them in their dorm room.

Scotch Tape, Paperclips, Thumbtacks
& Rubberbands

Need vs. Want Rating

Tape
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Paperclips
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Rubber Bands
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Thumbtacks
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Frequently Asked Questions

Scotch tape is a must-have item for dorm rooms and life in general. We guarantee you’ll find a use for it at some point in time.

Desktop Computer

Need vs. Want Rating

PC Monitor
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Mouse
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Keyboard
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Frequently Asked Questions

Some students find a desktop computer in their dorm room helps them work more efficiently.  A pc monitor can also be used as a T.V. since you can play video games, stream movies, and display your laptop screen with an HDMI cord. 

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