It’s almost time for me to leave for the first time to go to college. My school, located in a city, starts in less than a month (we run on a trimester, which is why we start so late!) but I’m working on buying all the things I’ll need for dorm life & stocking up on the essentials now, because all of my friends go back around this time – people to shop with! – and everything seems to be on sale right now.
Here’s a list of some of the best things I’ve purchased for college that I know I’ll get great use out of.
Yoga pants seem like the perfect college pants – comfortable enough to sleep in, yet polished enough to wear around the dorm, cafeteria, or occasionally to class. Aerie’s having a huge bra and clearance sale (40% off!) and you can find coupon codes online to provide 15%-20%, free shipping, etc., bringing the cost of these pants down to an affordable $16-$17. Plus, they come in a straight cut, which I prefer as I usually only wear skinny jeans, and the regular flare is too much for me. I bought three pairs!
Also check out – Aerie’s yoga leggings!
BB&B is my ultimate favorite place for dorm things, and I picked up this modular storage system (plus a two-pack of the matching fabric bins, $9.99) to use as a bedside table. A big concern for me was buying a bedside table system that ended up being too tall/short, so I like how I can stack two or three of these on eachother depending on how high I end up having my bed, and use the remaining one or two as under-bed storage bins. They’re lightweight and incredibly easy to put together or take apart at will, which will make move-in day and working out my storage a breeze, but are also just sturdy enough for me to keep my iHome on next to my bed. Plus, BB&W is constantly sending out and putting their 20% off an item coupons everywhere. The store lets you use as many as you want in a single transaction, so this system is about $16 after coupon use – an affordable $24 if you buy the recommended bins with a second coupon, too!
Also check out – The Crate system!
I realize now that seating and storage are both at a premium in a dorm room, and this is the perfect solution to both. This ottoman is actually very sturdy and comfortable to sit on – I tried it in the store before buying! – and would work perfectly tucked under the bed or desk as a way to store laundry products, towels, or magazines. It also completely collapses down for easy transport and storage, and comes in black, zebra print, and jeweled purple. Again, BB&B has their 20% coupons constantly in circulation, lowering the price on this piece to about $16.
Also check out – This Storage Accent Table!
Considering that the bed in a dorm takes up the greatest amount of space, it seems like the best use of space to store things under it. And while storage bins and boxes are great for things that don’t need to be that accessible, I think it will be a pain to have to unstack, pull out, and de-lid a box every time I need some laundry detergent or a pair of socks. That’s where these drawers come in – at just 24″ tall, these units are cheap and short enough to stow in my adjustable 30″ or so of underbed storage space. I’ll admit I haven’t purchased these just yet, but I plan to order two units as soon as I check the Walmart near me for any other options.
Also check out - this Pack of 3 Cloth Bins!
I already know that the lighting in my dorm will be pretty dim – one ceiling light by the door – so having another lamp or two is a must. This one is multi-functional, with a swiveling base that can hold pens, pencils, clips, and scissors, plus has a polarized outlet on its base for charging your phone, iPod, or laptop! These are sold practically every year at BB&B, come in white, blue, and pink, and though they’re sold out online, I believe they’re still available in stores.
Also check out - this Slim Desk Organizer!
Lovelies, what are you purchasing to go to college? What are some of the best ‘dorm essentials’?