11 Must-Buy Walmart College Items That Are Trending on TikTok (Starting at JUST $5.97!)

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These affordable Walmart finds are trending on tiktok and totally worth it! 

woman holding trending tiktok items and walmart penant flag

TikTok trends on a Walmart college budget? Say LESS!

Walmart’s trending on TikTok items are all you need to send your kiddo off to college with confidence. From cooking/ kitchen essentials to get meals done in a pinch, to fuss-free beauty essentials, and decor that gives the ultimate chill vibe for cheap. ✌🏼

Plus, with school starting just around the corner, you can save a trip to the store and scoop up these viral finds from home since Walmart offers FREE 2-day shipping and returns for purchases over $35! 😍

walmart boxes next to mushroom ottoman

With almost everything being under $50, we had to see the hype (& the price) for ourselves. And now, tons of our team members own and love these finds – it’s no wonder they’re trending on TikTok!

See which college trends our team members jumped on…

Non-cooking essentials that can turn any student into a chef. 😉

trending mini cooker, coffee maker, and water bottle

ramen noodles in mini cooker

Ramen never fails for a college student. Not only does this viral mini cooker make everyone’s favorite noodle dish PERFECTLY every. time., but you can also make eggs, hashbrowns, and so much more with no microwave, fire, or gas required! Just search MyMini noodle cooker on TikTok and some videos have up to 1.3M views! 😱

Why we’re obsessed:

What a cute lil ramen noodle maker! Works great and so convenient to use. It’s so tiny and doesn’t take long to warm up. This goes beyond ramen as you can saute veggies, boil eggs, and more! – Hip Sidekick, Lina

A college student sitting next to her Keurig K Iced Coffee Maker

The newest Keurig makes hot and iced lattes in an instant! Plus, you can choose between three cup sizes for hot coffee, but won’t have to pay extra for that large size 😉 Goodbye, expensive Starbucks, hello, savings! This Keurig also comes with a hot mug and iced tumbler so it’s literally everything your college kiddo needs right out of the box!

Why we’re obsessed:

Saylor actually prefers iced coffee, so this was the perfect choice for her. She can enjoy a caffeine fix in the mornings or during those late night study sessions. And it even comes with a tumbler so she can drink her coffee on the way to class, too! ☕️– Hip Sidekick, Bryn

cirkul water bottle and cartridges displayed on a wooden tray on a table

Chill decor that has us totally missing dorm life.

trending mushroom decor, lamps, and beauty fridge

mushroom ottoman in between two gaming chairs

We’re toad-ally into this mushroom trend 🍄 – and so is TikTok! These toadstool ottomans are all over social media, many from much more expensive retailers, averaging $150+, which is why this Walmart one is a steal!

mushroom ottoman with lid off

Best of all, these pieces keep up with the trends but are totally functional too, since every inch of space in a college dorm counts. Although this ottoman may not be the best for seating, it makes for great storage and could be a nice footrest. So many uses in one!

Why we’re obsessed: 

This is such a cute ottoman. I was originally thrown off at the design because it’s collapsible, but it assembled just fine and is able to store a good amount of little items or small blankets. I wouldn’t buy this if you plan to use it as seating, but it’s great for decor and to hide little odds and ends. – Hip Sidekick, Sara

hand holding purple and blue fairy lights

Lights are one of the least expensive ways to upgrade their dorm space and these cool hues are giving the ultimate vibe check. You get 60 LED bulbs on 6 strands measuring 5 feet across, perfect for hanging just above their bed or window.

Why we’re obsessed:

For under $6 you can’t really beat these! All 3 of my kids (ages 12, 11, and 7) were arguing about who would get these! They do require 3 AA batteries and I’d wait to hang them until you have them on because it’s impossible to know how the colored lights will fall otherwise. I will say, the online photos make it look like you get way more lights so be prepared to buy a few sets if you want the same vibe…otherwise one is super cute for over a bed, homework space, or reading nook. You really can’t go wrong, – Hip Sidekick, Sara

woman looking in mirror on mini fridge

Sharing a bathroom isn’t always easy, but thanks to this mini beauty fridge, they won’t need to fight over mirror time with their roommate. This awesome fridge has a mirrored door and adjustable LED lights so you get that ‘good lighting’ at every angle. Plus, it keeps those beauty items nice & chilled for that effortless skincare routine. 💁🏼‍♀️

Why we’re obsessed:

I’ve been eyeing a beauty fridge for a while, but didn’t want anything too bulky; this one is the perfect size! Plus, the mirror and the lights are a huge bonus. I would say this is strictly for beauty products and should be considered more of a cooler than a fridge – I don’t think it stays cold enough to keep snacks from spoiling so just keep that in mind. It also has a car adapter so you could take it traveling though! Pretty cool. – Hip Sidekick, Chelsey

‘Woke up like this’ essentials that even we can’t live without. ✨

trending tumbler, body scrub, and fanny pack

white tumbler next to blue bag in car

Every college student needs a water bottle in hand, and if you’ve heard anything about this trending Ozark Trail Tumbler on TikTok, it’s likely how similar it is to high-end versions! The difference is, your college kiddo can actually afford this huge 40oz tumbler and worry less about misplacing it.

Why we’re obsessed:

My best friend was raving about her new Ozark Trail mug and said it kept her drink even colder than a Stanley so I knew I needed to grab one of these before my upcoming trip! I think they’re identical to Stanley, but these more affordable tumblers are more lightweight! Definitely grab one of these if you’re even considering a Stanley because you’ll get more value for less! – Hip Sidekick, Sara

trending sugar scrub on bathtub with lid off

Since college students don’t have the time (or the money😂) for the spa, this Tree Hut sugar scrub IS IT. It’s made with real sugar, shea butter, vitamin C, and a variety of natural oils like grapefruit,  avocado, macadamia, sweet almond, safflower, and orange oils, so it not only feels but smells like a spa day too!

Why we’re obsessed:

 I WILL NEVER STOP USING THIS. OMG. I am absolutely in love with this scrub! It smells heavenly and polishes the skin after just one use – it’s just so rejuvenating! I am totally amazed that something this affordable could work so well. Buy this and you will become instantly addicted, like me.  – Hip Sidekick, Chelsey

clear glass mushroom shaped lamp on a table with a candle, walmart box, record player, all near a plant

You can’t always trust everything you see on social media 😉, but you can trust that Walmart has the best price.

We’re happy to confirm that these viral Walmart items are as mind-blowing, functional, and most importantly, affordable, as they seem on TikTok. SO, your college kiddo can keep up with the latest trends and make their student life a whole lot easier.

And speaking of easy, thanks to Walmart’s easy curbside pickup, possible same-day delivery, and fast & free 2-day shipping on $35+ it couldn’t be easier to grab these viral finds as soon as TODAY, before they’re gone! 🔥

Want to make your life even EASIER? Consider signing up for a Walmart+ FREE 30-day trial membership for free shipping with NO minimum and even more perks!

college baseball cap next to trending tumbler and mini fridge

Shop ALL Walmart College decor now!

But don’t wait as these viral finds are selling out FAST! 💃🏻

  • 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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Comments 3

  1. Pat

    This is how I cook Ramen noodles. Smash the noodles while still in the package, put them in a largish bowl. Pour water to cover plus a bit more (I’ve never measured!). Microwave 3 minutes, and they are perfect, slightly soupy, but not watery. Or, you can pour boiling water over them, let them sit covered for 3 minutes, and they’re done.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing how you’ve made them, Pat! I also give them a “crunch” first while in the package. 🙌

  2. Rubye Gressler

    It’s refreshing to come across great content such as this. Keep up the good work.

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