Student Life

21 Cool Items All College Students Can Use

We’ve found all of the stuff a college student could want – at the best prices!

Shawna Newman

August 11, 2020

Check out this fun list of cool – and some weird – items all college students can use. We've also included items to help you keep your fall semester safer.
21 Cool Items All College Students Can Use
We’ve found all of the stuff a college student could want – at the best prices around! This list includes everything that can be used in both dorm rooms and apartments to keep the roommates at a safe social distance and to let you play. After all, what’s college if you can’t have a little fun in between classes – virtual or not? (Don’t worry – there are plenty of essentials like handy Coronavirus cleaning supplies included, too!) Here are some fun, some necessary and some downright quirky items that any college student would love to have:

1. Dictionary Book Safe with Lock

Place this “dictionary” on your bookshelf and nobody will suspect a thing – but you’ll know where your valuables are! With so many people coming in and out of your room in college, it is important to have a good hiding spot and this is the perfect sneaky little space. It also has a lock, just in case someone catches on.

2. Bed Risers

Whether you’re in a dorm room or in a tiny apartment, bed risers are a life-saver because they allow you to store off-season clothing out of view. Pair with the next item on the list and you’re good to go!

3. Underbed Storage

Store all of your off season clothing, extra blankets and shoes under the bed in these easily accessible pull out chests. To make it even easier on yourself, utilize bed risers and you may even be able to double your storage capacity under the bed.

4. Style Station Organizer

Save counter space with this style station organizer. Or, create your own on a budget simply using a PVC pipe.

5. Huggable Hangers

You’ll find you have tons of extra space when you use these ultra-skinny hangers. An extra tip? Using all of the same type of hanger will help keep things organized, looking neat and hanging straight – another way to save space.

6. Fun Shower Curtains

A great way to show off your personality is with a fun and funky shower curtain. Try one of these recommendations! • Capitalize on today’s cactus trend with this fun cacti print.
You’re on a boat! Or, at least you’ll look like it when you’re showering behind this porthole shower curtain.
• Bring singing in the shower and singing in the rain together with this April showers shower curtain.
Reminder: don’t forget to purchase a shower curtain liner, tension rod (if there’s no shower curtain rod) and shower curtain hooks!

7. Eraser Board Mini Fridge

Handy to keep in your dorm room or your bedroom (so your pals don’t steal your expensive organic food), this mini fridge is convenient and fun, all packed into one package. The front is a Dry Erase board that allows you to write, doodle and decorate to your heart’s content – making it fun to keep your food cool.

8. Mini Robot Vacuum

Who needs a pet when you have a mini robot? Plus, he cleans up after you make small messes.

9. Storage Ottoman

When you’re limited on space, the key rule to follow is to find dual purpose items whenever you can. That’s why a storage ottoman is perfect for just that reason. You can use it as a footstool, a table and to tuck away any items you may like to store inside. Talk about multi-tasking – this is one impressive little ottoman!

10. Dry Erase Wall Decals

You can finally color on the walls thanks to these dry erase wall decals! They look cool and will serve some important – and fun – purposes. Write yourself notes, write your roommates jokes, let your friends doodle, or whatever else you crazy college kids come up with.

11. Portable Power Bank

You never know where you’ll be when your phone runs out of battery – especially in college, when you’re constantly on the go. You’d be wise to purchase a backup charger to keep with you at all times. It’s compatible with most devices, but make sure that it fits yours before purchasing - just in case.

12. Emergency Googly Eyes

Bring everyday objects to life with these googly eyes. Get ready to get seriously silly – imagine how cheered up you’ll be when you look over at your stapler and it look back at you.

13. Ikea Bluetooth Speaker

Covid-19 has many Americans, including college students, getting back to the simple ways of life. Why not listen to Katy Perry's anticipated Smile album on this trendy Bluetooth speaker? Relaxing and listening to music in your dorm room is a form of self care -- be sure you have the audio tools you need!

14. Microwavable S’Mores Maker

Obviously, every student should have one of these. In fact, it should be mandatory. No additional explanation necessary.

15. Mini George Foreman Grill

Cook like a champion with a mini grill, making it easier and more accessible than ever before. With little-to-no-effort meals, in no time, you’ll be happy you decided to go for the grill.

16. Noise Canceling Headphones

There will come a time this year where you need to down out your roommate (or mates), friends or people nearby while trying to focus. That’s when some noise canceling headphones will come in handy. Because it’s not always convenient or practical to pack up and study elsewhere or ask someone to leave.

17. Roku Express

Stream more content than you could ever be able to watch with a Roku. You can watch movies, news and sports, listen to music and access tons of other content just by hooking up to the Internet and streaming. Plus, it’s compatible with most television sets.

18. School Spirit Decals

Show your school spirit with decals that celebrate your school’s sports team. The decals will easily come off post-season.

19. Single Serve Coffee Maker, Fast Brewing

Don’t fuss with bulky coffee pots! Get a single cup mini brewer, like this single-serve coffee maker. You can use your travel mug and you’re as good as caffeinated in less than three minutes.

20. Bluetooth 6-in-1 Keyboard and Organizer with Tablet Stand

Cut out the desk clutter with this multi-purpose keyboard that opens up to allow you to store desk essentials right inside. Plus, you’re able to place you’re tablet on top or hook it up to your computer. Sounds pretty handy!

21. Cactus Dryer Balls

Laundry just got cute with stylish dryer balls, which also happen to be useful. Note: there are other adorable styles, like hedgehogs, too.

**BONUS Student Must-Haves**

Bonus 1. Handy Gourmet Cool Touch Microwave Bowl

It's hard to eat a quick lunch when your bowl is too hot to pick up! This cool-touch bowl for your dorm microwave is a simple life-hack solution.

Bonus 2. Easy Store Mesh Laundry Bag

Save your cash and purchase a cheap, easy-to-hide laundry basket. We love how you can collapse this and store it away AND the price!

Bonus 3. Clip On Reading Lamp

Clip this lamp on your bed headboard to enjoy a book while your room mate is fast asleep.

Bonus 4. Clip On Mini Fan

You may not have temperature control in your dorm room and if you dorm in the Midwest our southern states, late spring or early fall can feel pretty warm. Circulate some air and cool off with this mini fan. Also cool (pun intended), you can take this with you on a camping trip.

Bonus 5. Quick Dry Shower Shoes

Get yourself a pair of quick dry shower shoes for communal showers. You'll want a quality pair, like these Crocs, so they don't break on you.

Bonus 6. Practical Mini Maker

Small to fit in your space and dorm-room approved by many colleges, you can crisp your panini leftover, or warm up a hot ham and cheese sandwich (as well as many other uses) with this mini maker. This gadget has five stars on Amazon!

**Helpful Coronavirus Protection, Supplies**

1. Washable Face Masks

Place a mask in your backpack, another on your dorm-room desk and one in your car to ensure you have one with you at all times. Having masks that you can wash is environmentally friendly too.

2. Bleach Surface Cleaner

You should try to clean all commonly touched dorm room surfaces at least once per day. Bleach is a cleaning agent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists as approved to disinfect the Covid-19 virus.

3. Peroxide Surface Cleaner

If you're allergic to bleach, hydrogen peroxide is an active ingredient listed as EPA approved.

4. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Purchase a pack of reusable cleaning cloths rather than buying bulky paper towels. These are easy to store and a sustainable solution to all of the extra cleaning you'll need to do this year.

5. Easy-to-Carry Hand Sanitizers

This year you'll want to have hand sanitizer where ever you go, including a few extras in your room. Don't forget the fun sanitizer holders to carry your germ-preventative tools.

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