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8 of the Best Stores to Shop for Dorm Essentials


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Dorm life — it’s a college rite of passage. But decking out a space with everything your child needs to create a home away from home isn’t always easy. Sussing out all the right dorm essentials — from bedding and clothing to small appliances and school supplies — can be overwhelming, to say the least. That’s why we went ahead and rounded up eight of the best stores for college must-haves you can shop right now that are guaranteed to put your student’s new living quarters at the top of the class. 

Where to Find the Goods 

Amazon: With competitive prices and everything from décor to affordable textbook rentals up for grabs, Amazon has your collegiate covered from A to Z. 

Bed, Bath & Beyond: A mainstay for back-to-school and dorm shopping, Bed Bath & Beyond’s college shop has tons of gotta-have-’em goods, plus helpful tips from home and style experts and deep discounts you won’t want to miss. 

The Container Store: Any college student, past or present, can attest that the secret to a successful semester begins with organization. And where do you go for the ultimate tidying inspiration? The Container Store, of course! Get ingenious storage ideas for bathrooms, makeup, and more at a discount — the company is also offering a 15 percent savings when you buy online and pick-up in-store with coupon code PICKUP15. 

Dormify: If there’s just one spot you check out for your shopping needs, make it Dormify. This brand was specifically created to help your child curate the dorm room of their dreams, which means it’s stocked with everything they could ever want for their new abode, from bathroom accessories and bedding to wall tapestries and storage trunks. 

Kohl’s: A favorite of moms and kids everywhere, Kohl’s offers up great prices and free site-to-store shipping near your child’s campus, making his or her move that much easier. 

Pier 1: For the most stylish accessories to accent your kid’s dorm, head to Pier 1 between August 29 and September 2nd, where you can save 15 percent on any purchase with a student ID. 

Target: The ultimate one-stop shopping destination, Target’s got everything your student needs, including clothes and bedding to school supplies, and tech — and then some.  

Urban Outfitters: Known for having a lock on the latest fashions, your college student will be turning heads thanks to great picks from Urban Outfitters’ campus style list. The store also has a fantastic home department that’s chock-full of fashion-forward furniture finds. 

Best Dorm Sales

Top 10 Dorm Essentials

Now that you know where you should be shopping, the only question left is, “What do I buy?” Scroll through for Woman’s World‘s top picks from our top stores. 

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