10 Walmart Dorm Room Essentials You May Still Need (+ They’re All on Sale!)

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Walmart has everything you need to make your dorm room ideas come true (& they’re on sale)!

hand vacuum on college desk next to laptop

Don’t sweat it. Walmart it. 

There’s never a more expensive time of year than after you’ve sent your child off to college and they realize… they forgot something! (Or more likely, a few somethings. 🤑) Fortunately, it’s Walmart.com to the rescue as they have all the latest dorm room decor they need, at a price you can afford even at the last minute!

And, even if you’ve dropped your kiddo off across the country, with fast & FREE 2-day shipping and returns on most $35+ purchases, you can assure they’ll get what they need from home, without necessarily having to go home.

woman holding walmart package at door

We’re seeing essentials marked down up to 50% off, and we’re running to grab these items for our homes, too! Even if you’re not shopping for a college kiddo, tons of these items would make great gifts for teens!

Here are 10 college dorm room essentials they can’t live without…

mattress pad rolled up on dorm bed

I put this mattress pad to the test and spilled some water on it and underneath stayed completely dry! So that’s a WIN for me that it does the job for such a low price! Plus, it has nice deep pockets, I think I could have fit it over two mattresses– possibly the mattress and box spring if there us one.

blue bissel stick vacuum next to plant

Bissell 3-in-1 Lightweight Corded Stick Vacuum
Only $24.88 (regularly $28.88)!

This stick vacuum is GREAT! It’s lightweight and comes in just 3 pieces so it’s easy to convert to a stick or handheld vacuum. As a handheld, I think it’s the perfect size to fit on an office or dorm room desk for easy storage and quick clean-ups when you need them. It’s also pretty powerful and not too loud, I love that it’s a trusted Bissell!

light blue cookware stacked

Mainstays 7-Piece Cookware Set
Only $15.84 (regularly $17.94)!

grey backrest pillow in dorm room

Mainstays Faux Fur Plush Bedrest Pillow
As low as $14.37 (regularly $15.97)!

light grey weave sterilite drawers in dorm room

Sterilite 4-Drawer Wide Weave Tower
Only $47.93 shipped (regularly $56)!

“What a great set of drawers! These are sturdy and roomy. They are perfect for a dorm, apartment, or any room that needs instant storage! My daughter’s room is small so she is able to store extra clothing, shoes, and beauty products. The best part is these come put together already – no assembly!” – Hip Sidekick, Lina

hand grabbing rose gold mouse on college desk

Logitech Wireless Keyboard + Mouse Bundle
Only $17.98 (reg. $21.48)!

“This is such a cute keyboard set! The light pink it beautiful and it worked seamlessly right out of the box. As soon as I plugged in the USB it connected to my laptop on its own. Perfect set, for a great price!” – Hip Sidekick, Sara

dorm room setup with white wooden small writing desk

Mainstays Small Space Writing Desk
Only $29.92 (regularly $36.96)!

“This is a great little desk! I think it would be perfect for a kid or even a young teen. It has just enough room to comfortably type on a laptop or is great for doing homework. The shelves are roomy allowing for plenty of storage and you really can’t beat the price! I assembled it myself and it was simple.” – Hip Sidekick, Sara

pink and red checkered storage ottoman with blanket inside

mini fridge for dorm with door open and food inside

Galanz 1.7cu Single Door Mini Fridge
Only $84 shipped (regularly $109.99)!

microwave with door open and food inside

Hamilton Beach 900- watts Countertop Microwave
Only $59 shipped (regularly $70)!

Need some dorm room decorating ideas?

Sara used her Walmart finds to design this retro look for under $66!

dorm room collage with desk lava lamp and keyboard

Total for everything is just $65.77 shipped!

dorm room set up with white rug and lava lamp

Sara loves this Mainstays Small Space Writing Desk! It is the perfect size for a young teen’s room or dorm room and was exactly the right size to comfortably type on a laptop or do homework. Plus it even has two built-in shelves for storage. Put it all together with the super low price, and you really can’t go wrong.

person sitting at small writing desk next to lava lamp

One thing about the Uran Shop Lava Lamp

This lamp matches the pink keyboard set I bought perfectly. It started working just under 2 hours after I plugged it in so you do need to be patient, but once it starts going it doesn’t stop. My one word of caution is to be careful taking the front sticker off. There’s a red hot sticker on the front which I tried to peel off and it left so much residue that I couldn’t scratch off and alcohol ruined the pink finish. Thankfully Walmart has a good return policy! I would either leave the sticker on or try a sticker remover next time. – Hip Sidekick, Sara

And, in case you need a dorm room idea for the guys!

collage with desk mini fridge bed pillow and keyboard

Total cost just $146.27 shipped!

boy sitting on grey backrest pillow

Here’s what one reviewer said about the Galanz mini fridge…

So I bought one of these for my son’s room and it’s awesome! If you turn the temp all the way up, you can freeze three water bottles in the freezer and it also semi-freezes three below it as well! There’s actually a good amount of room inside and in the door. I love that the front legs are able to adjust to keep it level. I had my mom buy me one for my room for Christmas because I liked my son’s so much. Can’t beat the quality for that price! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This minimalist dorm room idea will cost you just $45 shipped!

dorm room idea collage

Total for everything is just $45.06 shipped!

hand holding checklist next to mini vac and mattress pad

It might be a big change to send your kiddo off to college, but one thing that won’t change is Walmart’s wallet-friendly prices on the high-quality items they need to have a successful school year! ⭐️

  • Shipping & Terms


    Walmart+ members score free shipping with no minimum on most orders! Otherwise, choose free in-store pick up if available near you, or you can snag free next day shipping on any eligible $35+ order. Or pay $6.99 for shipping for orders under $35.

About the writer:

Chelsey is a writer & photographer with both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Arizona State University. She holds 3+ years blogging experience not only for Hip2Save, but various other publications in the health, lifestyle, and education field.

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