dorm room essentials

Before coming to USC I did so much research on all of the things that I would need for college. Here are my dorm room essentials that I know I would not survive the year without.

Dorm Room Essential #1: Desk Lamp

My dorm at USC did not come with a desk lamp on the desk. Before you move in, ask your college housing if the desks include a lamp. I use the lamp every day when I go to study in my room. My lamp has adjustable light intensities, which is great for when my roommate wants the lights off.

TaoTronics Fully Touch-Enabled LED Desk Lamp ( No Buttons Table Lamps For Bedrooms, Aircraft-grade Aluminum Alloy,Stylish Metal Desk Light, Multiple Color Temperatures Lamps For Living Room )

Dorm Room Essential #2: Wireless Speaker

A wireless speaker is a must have for college. I play music all the time whether I am studying or just having a dance break with the girls that live on my floor.

JBL Charge 2+ Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker – Black (Certified Refurbished)

Dorm Room Essential #3: Vanity Mirror

My dorm room came with a mirror inside, however, I am so glad I bought a vanity mirror with a light. I have classes earlier than my roommate so I use the mirror’s light instead of the huge room light when I get ready in the morning.


Conair Oval Shaped Double-Sided Lighted Makeup Mirror; 1x/7x Magnification, Polished Chrome

Dorm Room Essential #4: Plastic Storage

I have two plastic storage bins with drawers that I fit right into my closet. These can also fit under your bed if you have an elevated bed frame. I store things like hair products, accessories, and medicine in these. You can also put clothes in these if you find out you don’t have enough space.


IRIS 4-Drawer Storage Cart with Organizer Top, White

Dorm Room Essential #5: Printer

I knew from the start that I wanted a printer in my room. All of my friends have to travel to the library or to another place on campus if they want to print. My friend ended up getting a printer for herself once she realized how convenient it would be. It is perfect for when you are finishing up a paper in your room and you can just print right next to you.


Canon MG5720 Wireless All-In-One Printer with Scanner and Copier: Mobile and Tablet Printing with Airprintcompatible, Black

Watch my YouTube video on college dorm room essentials here