Must-Have Dorm Gear for College Students

Send your teens off to college with our favorite finds.


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On Top of the World

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The classic memo board gets a style upgrade with this spinning globe option.

Notable Adventures Message Globe, modcloth.com, $14.99


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Bright Idea

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This is not your basic light. The swivel base turns 360 degrees and comes with enough space for pens, pencils and your MP3 player.

Equip Your Space Organizer Desk Lamp, bedbathandbeyond.com, $14.99


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Hanging Pretty

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Each birdie has two hooks, so your freshman can pile clothing onto this space saver (instead of on her dorm room floor).

Birdseye 10 Hook, dormify.com, $25


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Write On

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Your teen can doodle or have friends "sign in" to his dorm room using this notebook paper–themed duvet cover. For a clean slate, just put it in the washer.

Doodle Duvet Cover with a set of 8 wash-out color pens, notonthehighstreet.com, $75.13


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Dorm Sweet Dorm

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Under-the-weather students can feel the comforts of home whenever they pull a tissue through the chimney.

Casa Tissue Box, fredflare.com, $12


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Power Up

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Six outlets and the ability to bend in different shapes—perfect for tight dorm room spaces.

Pivot Power, quirky.com, $29.99


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Carry On

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With one main compartment, eight pockets and rubberized mesh material, this tote can hold bath essentials and weather hot water.

Mesh Shower Tote, Bed Bath & Beyond stores and bedbathandbeyond.com, $12.99 each


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Animal Instinct

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More than just a cute keychain, this little critter is also a USB flash drive.

Emtec Animal Collection 8GB USB 2.0 USB Flash Drive, staples.com, $14.99


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Full Bloom

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By plugging gadgets into each flower, smart students can keep wires pretty and organized.

USB Flower Hub, seejanework.com, $18


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Play It Cool

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A pink fridge/freezer combo will surely brighten up any drab dorm room.

Haier 1.7 cu ft Refrigerator and Freezer, Pink, walmart.com, $69


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Sweet Shooter

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This wireless mouse is cute and powerful. It has a battery life of up to 30 months and students can download a matching background for their computer or smartphone.

HP Wireless Mouse X4000, shown in Cupcake, amazon.com, $29.99


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On the Line

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Hopefully the cute clothesline pattern will be a constant reminder to actually do laundry.

Clothesline Laundry Bag, containerstore.com, $9.99


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Brew for One

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A must-have for any college kid: A small, single-cup brewer to provide fuel for early-morning classes. Available in red, white, platinum and black.

Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System, keurig.com, $99.95


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Underhanded Organization

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Assignments won't be forgotten using a calendar/notepad/mouse pad combo. When the week is over, he can just tear off and start fresh.

5 Days a Week Paper Mousepad, knockknockstuff.com, $10


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Modern Messages

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This bold and colorful dry-erase board is perfect for lists, drawings or notes. Add some funky magnets and they'll be set.

Simple Still Message Board, modcloth.com, $14.99


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Sound the Alarm

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No alarm clock? No problem. This iPhone dock was made to look like an old-school one and charges the devices overnight, too.

Wake Up Call iPhone Dock, modcloth.com, $39.99


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Trunk Show

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Students can keep their iPhones in sight by leaning them against these pint-size pachyderms. Plus who doesn't love elephants?

Tusk Me Phone Stands, modcloth.com, $6.99


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Chalk It Up

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Brighten up bland cinderblock dorm walls with moveable and reusable chalkboard decals.

Black and White Chalkboard Dots Peel and Stick Wall Decals, hayneedle.com, $24.99


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Hang Tight

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Fashionable freshmen can avoid jewelry tangles and organize their accessories in one place. The best part? The screen folds away for easy storage.

Acrylic Folding Jewelry Screen, containerstore.com, $24.99


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Space Saver

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Make the most of tight space with coffee-colored underbed storage bags. The pair go for less than $10—what a steal!

Java Jumbo Underbed Bags 2-Pack, dormco.com, $8.54


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The Perfect Combo

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Not only does this soup bowl and sandwich tray duo serve as the perfect dining set for one, it's also safe for microwave, oven and dishwasher.

Soup and Sandwich Ceramic Tray Duo, uncommongoods.com, $30 for a set of 2


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Retro Chic

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This oscillating fan has a classic look and a surprising modern feature: It plugs in to any USB port.

USB Classical Fan, usb.brando.com, $18


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Cool Sounds

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Your teen can enjoy music on the quad with this portable wooden speaker. The sound system connects to MP3 players, cell phones, laptops and tablets.

Mini Wooden Speaker, uncommongoods.com, $42


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Day Dreaming

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Pin day-to-day thoughts, ideas and class reminders to this fun corkboard.

Large Cloud Corkboard, paper-source.com, $19.95