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After a long and exhausting winter, summer is finally peaking it’s head out from around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited. For the recent high school graduates, this isn’t just another summer. It’s the summer before they go off to college. 

The summer before college is filled with sun-soaked days of unforgettable memories with the friends who have been through your side all through high school, but it’s also a time to prepare for the new changes you’re about to experience. One of those huge changes comes in the shape of a dorm room. 

Whether you’re going to a new city or attending a school close to your hometown, every college freshman will have a dorm room to call their new home for at least the first year of school. Planning exactly what you’ll need to bring for your dorm room can be intimidating. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of college-dorm necessities that will make your life a little bit easier to manage as you get the hang of a new school and new people. 

Going off to a new city and a new school can be a nerve racking experience, but once you get the hang of the environment and meet some new friends, you’ll be ready to explore the city and eventually consider it a second home. 

The Dorm Essentials

Some college dorm necessities are no-brainers. Of course your dorm needs bedding and laundry supplies, but we’ve compiled a few other important must-have dorm items to survive your freshman year.

Bedding

Feel at home in your bed with OCM’s soft and plush comforters. Photo Courtesy of OCM.

The right kind of bedding can completely change the bed you sleep in, and when it comes to the twin-sized dorm beds, that might be for the best. Considering your twin-sized bed will take up 35% of your room, you want to love the bedding you choose. 

Bedding is also a great way to decorate your room. With the limited space afforded to you in a dorm room, that’s huge. You can search the internet for days looking through all of the cute duvet covers and comforters available, but sometimes the cutest ones can be the least comfortable. 

With OCM’s bedding options you never have to sacrifice comfort for style. Their wide selection of full bedding sets are made with high quality fabrics in a variety of styles, so you can make sure it matches the overall bedroom aesthetic, while also getting a good night’s sleep. 

Shower caddy and shoes

A shower caddy lets you carry your shower items to and from the dorm bathrooms without having to juggle all of your shampoo and body wash bottles in your arm every time you need to shower. It makes life easy and who wouldn’t want that? 

This shower bundle will keep you clean and organized in any communal shower situation. Photo Courtesy of OCM. 

Communal showers are just about as nice as they sound, but it’s something every freshman has to deal with. In most schools, the showers have amazing water pressure and are relatively clean, but even the showers that appear the cleanest can be filled with unwanted germs. Wearing shower shoes eliminates the possibility of stepping in those germs when you’re trying to cleanse the day off. 

Shower shoes can be anything from a pair of $1 flip flops to a sturdy pair of crocs. The choice is completely up to you, as long as you keep a layer between you and the communal shower floor at all times. Just trust us on this one. 

OCM’s helpful shower bundle gives you the best of both worlds with a caddy, shower shoes, and premium bath towels. 

Towels

This shower bundle is the best option to prepare you for the communal showers. Photo Courtesy of OCM

You’ll want to bring two to four good bath towels with you to college so that you can rotate out the dirty ones with fresh ones when it’s time to wash off.

 OCM offers a great shower pack bundle that gives you a shower caddy, shower shoes, and a couple bath towels for a super affordable price. Just fill the caddy with your favorite soaps and you’re good to go! 

An electric fan

No matter where you go to school, the summer months will be sweltering. Especially in the dorms. Most dorms don’t have the luxury of central air, which means you may be sweating your butt off when the weather starts to get warmer. An electric fan is the perfect solution to the blistering summer heat that’s bound to get trapped in your dorm room For students taking summer classes and staying in the dorm overnight, it’s absolutely essential to have a high-powered fan that can cool you off in seconds. 

Laundry items 

We don’t recommend trying this move at home. 

Now that you’re living on your own that means doing laundry on your own. If laundry was a chore designated to your parents throughout your high school years, you might not even be familiar with the items necessary to keep your clothes fresh and clean. Allow us to introduce you to some of Laundry’s biggest MVPs

A laundry basket is a given. You’ll most likely have to carry your laundry to a completely different floor in order to reach the washers and dryers. Having a laundry basket makes transporting your dirty laundry easy and drop proof. No one wants to drop their spongebob sweatpants on the floor in front of that cute guy from floor 5. Save yourself the embarrassment.

From there you’ll need laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Best thing about doing your own laundry is getting to choose the scent of the detergent and dryer sheets. If you want to up the laundry game you can buy scent boosting Find a detergent and dryer sheets that you love the smell of. 

Microwave

A microwave will be your saving grace while living in a kitchen-less dorm room. Most freshmen get 75% of their meals from the dining hall and the other 25% from microwavable food they made in their room after a long night of studying. Whether the dining hall’s hours don’t match up with your study schedule or you just love a good bowl of ramen noodles, your microwave will be your best kept secret.  

If you like an assortment of microwavable goodies, OCM has a large selection of care packages so you can get all of the microwavable popcorn and mac n cheese you want delivered right to your door. 


The Dorm Flare 

No dorm is truly complete without decorations. One of the best parts about moving into your freshman dorm is getting to put your own personal flare on the space with decorations. It’s also easier to feel at home in a room that you’ve put your own touch on. You want to feel comfortable in your living situation, and this is the way to do it. 

Tapestries

Give your dorm room a signature style with a cute tapestry. Photo Courtesy of OCM.

Tapestries are a great way to decorate a full wall in your room without putting in too much effort. OCM has some of the cutest tapestry patterns you can find from boho chic to golden geometric patterns. If tapestries aren’t your style, there are dozens of other wall art to choose from. 

Photos 

Bringing photos of your family and friends to college is one of the easiest ways to decorate the walls of your dorm room. You can create a fun photo collage or a photo garland that displays your photos in a creative and beautiful way. 


There are so many fun photo hanging clips available on the market if you don’t feel like making your own photo garlands. In fact, OCM even has light up photo display strings that will brighten the room and put your family and friends on display. 

Lights

If we could consider lights a necessity in a dorm room, we would. Twinkly lights are becoming a staple in almost any room worth entering. They add such a nice touch of personality and relaxing essence to a space and we truly salute their work. 

Twinkly lights aren’t the only lights we appreciate around here. Colorful LED light bulbs are also a great way to make your room a little more fun and exciting without going to a ton of trouble. 

Accent pillows and blankets

Fun and cute accent pillows can give the room a personality of its own. Photo Courtesy of OCM.

Having a comfy bed is one thing, but having a bed covered in fluffy pillows and plush blankets  completely upgrades the look of the room. OCM has so many fun and funky accent pillows to brighten up your room or accentuate your current color scheme.   

 A rug

Spice up those basic floors with a cool and fresh area rug. Photo Courtesy of OCM.

Most dorms have bland flooring that doesn’t contribute to the overall aesthetic you want your room to have. Using a fun colored or patterned area rug can take a room from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye. 

OCM offers a wide selection of area and transitional rugs to bump up the quality of your living area without busting your budget. Your dorm room will be the hottest new spot to hang once you’re done decorating.  

Dry-erase board 

Putting a white board on the outside of your door is a fun and easy way to add some personality to your room with fun messages or holiday inspired artwork. Once you start making friends throughout your floor, you can have them add to the white board. 

The dorm needs they didn’t want to tell you about 

You’ve got your essentials and personalizations figured out, now we’ll let you in on a couple items that are guaranteed to make your life easy and enjoyable. 

Mini vacuum

Clean up big messes with a small vacuum. Photo Courtesy of New York Times

Maybe you dreaded anytime your mom asked you to vacuum your childhood home. Now that you’re living on your own in a less-than roomy dorm, you’re bound to make a couple messes here and there that will require some clean up. 

Your freshman year of college is filled with snacks, chips, and whatever other food you can smuggle out of the dining hall without getting caught. College students ball on a budget, we understand completely. 

But with all those empty snack bags, comes crumbs on crumbs on crumbs. Not to mention your bed and your desk are the only two places to hangout in your room, so at some point or another you may find yourself eating a bag of doritos from the comfort of your bed. A mini vacuum makes that clean up quick and painless--something that you’ll be thankful for after you accidentally spill a bag full of chips into your fresh sheets. 

Mattress pad

If you are an especially finicky sleeper, this is an absolute must for your college dorm. Most college dorm beds aren’t the most comfortable or cushioned. You have to remember these same beds have been used year after year and they may have lost their comfort over time. 

A mattress topper completely changes the game when it comes to getting a good night's sleep in college--something that is crucial when you have days full of classes and tests to prepare for.  

Umbrella 

This isn’t technically a dorm room essential since it’s only useful outside of your dorm, but you do not want to get caught in a rain storm on your way to class without one of these bad boys. Be proactive and prepared by keeping a mini umbrella tucked into your backpack or purse whenever there’s a chance of rain. 

Folding camping chairs

The most difficult part about hanging out in dorm rooms has to be the lack of seating. There are three options, the bed, at your desk, or the ground. Give your dorm room visitors a fourth and more attractive option by keeping one or two folding camping chairs in the room. They can easily slide under your bed or be tucked away in the corner of the room without getting in your way. 

The last thing you need to remember to bring with you to college as a freshman is a willingness to step out of your comfort zone. College is an amazing couple years filled with fun, friends, and opportunities everywhere you look. Trying something new may introduce you to what you were born to do! Good luck in college and don’t forget that mini vacuum!