15 Things Every College Student Should Have

When you are getting ready to go off to college for the first time, you may not be sure what you need to remember to bring with you. Here are just a few of the things every college student have. Keep in mind that each product simply gives you a good idea of a type of item you need; you can choose a different, similar item if it better fits your style.

#1 – Apple MacBook Pro MD104LL/A 15-Inch Laptop



You will need to have a computer to do your assignments and write papers. You may even want to take the computer with you to class so you can get more notes down. This is a great option because it has a 7-hour battery life, making it ideal for using in every class during the day. You may also want to get a printer that goes with this mac.

#2 – Belkin 12-Outlet Home/Office Surge Protector With 8 Ft. Cord, Telephone And Coaxial Protection



Between your laptop, cell phone, tablet, desk light, speakers, and other electronics, you may notice there aren’t enough outlets in your dorm room. This surge protector gives you 12 outlets and adds protection so your electronics don’t get fried by a power surge.

#3 – Five Star Spiral Notebook, 3 Subject, 150 College Ruled Sheets, Black, Cobalt Blue, Red, 3 PACK (73393)




Even with technology, notebooks are necessary to take notes in class, plan out papers, and simply organize your ideas. This set has a spiral lock wire so it won’t snag and is designed to last the entire year.

#4 – House Of Doolittle 2015 – 2016 Academic Year Ready-To-Go Calendar Planner, Weekly And Monthly, Flower Design Printed Cover, 5 x 8 Inches (HOD274RTG70-16)


College students need to stay organized and this academic planner is a great way to do it. You can easily make long and short-term plans with its unique setup and the cover is aesthetically pleasing.

#5 – Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens, Fine Point, Black Ink, Dozen Box (31020)


Even if you plan on typing your notes, you will need to have some pens on hand in college for exams and the occasional notes. These are comfortable and write smoothly.

#6 – AmazonBasics Laptop Backpack – Fits Up To 17-Inch Laptops


One of the 15 things every college student should have is a backpack to take their books, notes, and computer around campus. Try to pick one with a designated laptop compartment for extra protection. Because of the number of compartments that this backpack has it is also included in our best backpacks for college.

#7 – InterDesign Una Mesh Storage Carry All, Black


Most dorms have a shared bathroom, which means you need to put all your items in an easy-to-move item. This has breathable mesh to dry quickly and is large enough to store everything you need to shower, brush your teeth, or shave.

#8 – Vertico Shower And Pool Sandal – Slide On



Choose comfortable shower shoes like these from Vertico and you can wear them around your dorm as well. It is made up of rubber and has synthetic sole. This sandal can also been pack in your luggage bag or any

#9 – Board Dudes 11” x 14” Metalix Magnetic Dry Erase Board, Colors May Vary (CXY22)


This dry erase board is the perfect size for your dorm room door. Use it to leave messages for friends or have them leave you messages.

#10 – Sorbus Set Of 3 Foldable Storage Box Cube Basket, Hanging Closet Shelves Organizer, Hanging Shoe Organizer, For Clothing, Shoes, Underwear, Bra, Socks, Linen And Towels (Beige)



Depending on the size of your dorm room, you may need to get creative with storage. These items are all collapsible so they won’t take up any room when not in use, but can expand your available space when you need them.

#11 – Elmer’s Poster Tack Reusable Adhesive, 2 Ounces, (E1531)


Instead of getting fined at the end of the year for holes in your wall, buy this poster tack. It lets you easily stick posters to the walls, doors, and furniture and remove them without damage. You can also reuse it year after year.

#12 – Backpack Laundry Bag 22×28 Commercial Grade 100% Nylon, Made In USA


A laundry bag is one of the 15 things every college student needs, but this one goes above and beyond. Your dorm’s laundry room probably won’t be on your floor so the backpack style makes it much more comfortable to carry the bag up and down stairs when it is full.

#13 – Royale Home 200 Thread Count Cotton Rich Sheet Set, Twin X-Long, White


For those with simple tastes, this is one of the 15 things every college student should have. The sheets are wrinkle resistant and made from comfortable cotton. As they are extra long twin sheets, they will fit dorm beds. Just don’t forget to buy your pillows and comforter as well.

#14 – Lasko 2004W 2-Speed Clip Fan, 6-Inch, White


Clip this fan to your desk or headboard so you always stay cool in your dorm. You may also want to go through our complete list of best fans for college dorm rooms here.

#15 – 18pc Ellie Kids Break-Resistant Plastic Tumblers, Bowls & Plates In 6 Colors


You will want to have plates, bowls, and cups in your dorm room. This kit is ideal because the plastic means they are hard to break, even if you accidentally drop them or when moving at the beginning or end of the year.

Now that you know 15 things every college student should have, you are ready to make sure you have the necessary items to get through your first year at university.

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