The Best Deals on College Dorm Room Shopping

Hey yall!

So we have our packing list, we know the layout of your dorm, and we now know how to budget our shopping list so we are ready to go out there and shop till we drop right?!



One more thing to think about is where you’ll be doing your dorm shopping at. You want good things but also at a good price right? Of course. I am here to help you utilize the sweet deals on all of the best dorm room supplies.

Student Discounts

I am going to start us out with a list of places that offer student discounts!!

  • H&M, Charlotte Russe, and Forever 21 offer student discounts up to 15-20% at certain locations if you’re shopping for school clothes!
  • Best Buy, Apple, and Microsoft have great student discounts that I took advantage of to buy my MacBook Air for school. So if you’re looking for a new tablet, surface, or laptop go use that discount!!!
  • Amazon offers a student discount with their 6month free trail for FREE SHIPPING!! After your 6 month free trail if you still want to be a member you get 50% off the fee. So sign up for that 6 month free trail and order everything you could possibly need for college and use that free shipping!!
  • JoAnn Fabrics has a Student Discount Program where you can get 2 money saving coupons and a 10% discount on your entire purchase EVERY DAY. I am signed up for this and I use this to my advantage for all of my DIY projects!
  • Bed Bath & Beyond offer 20% off coupons and other offers if you sign up for their college e-mails!
  • Walmart has a student discount of 4% cash back on all of your purchases.

There are plenty of other places that offer a student discount including other clothing and food places! I did not include them on this list because I wanted to keep it concerning with dorm room shopping! But do your own digging around for other places on Pinterest and Google. Ask at local shops because in some big cities, like Columbus, pretty much everywhere offers a student discount because of all the traffic they get from the students themselves.

Where to Go Shopping

I personally LOVE the dollar store. I know that sounds crazy, but I love it. Everything is literally a dollar and there is so much in there. I spend hours in there walking down the isles thinking of everything I could make or do with every item in there. Go to the dollar store for organizational purposes. There are bins galore there in all different shapes, sizes, and colors all for a dollar. I bought a pack of 3 long baskets to hold pens and pencils in the drawer of my desk. You can buy the small buckets for electronic wires and other things. See what you’ve got laying around and then walk around the dollar store and imagine how you could use things in there to decorate and organize your dorm room.

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Another great cheap place is 5 Below. You can find jewelry and closet organizers along with bins and step stools and a whole bunch of other stuff. If you haven’t been there before everything in the store is $5 and below, hence the name. But it’s a cool place. They have a lot of unique stuff in there. The bins in the right hand closet (my side) as well as the hanging sweater holder was purchased at 5 below!


Target has that great section at the front of the store called their Dollar Spot where you can come across good finds for your dorm like organizational things, decorative things, pens, pencils, thank-you cards, cups, pretty much anything. Of course the rest of the store has great stuff for your college dorm room but yall know how I like my dollar stores.

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Another great place is the Container Store. Now if I had to choose my favorite store of all time it would be this one. This store is an organizational heaven for OCD people like me. It is a store filled with containers and other things to hold/hang/organize other things!!!! It is amazing! I always find so much in there it is great. When I say I spend hours in the dollar store, you don’t even want to know how much time I spend in here. Now the prices are a little up there on some things but sometimes you can come across some great stuff for cheap or even in the clearance isles. They have great make-up storage, desk organization, and even a college section!

I bought some of my decorations and paintings from TJ Maxx because it is a discount store, which I love. I don’t like paying full price for anything. Stop by there to see what they have in the back of the store because if you have never been in one before it is not all clothes. They have great home items at great prices.

Bed Bath & Beyond is huge and so awesome because they have endless isles of a bunch of awesome stuff. They have college sections that have a lot of closet organization stuff along with bedding, laundry, shower, and extra storage stuff. AND you can use your student discount!

Walmart is another place that you can use your student discount at that also has good dorm stuff, for cheap. You can find comforters or duvets and covers at a good price along with fans, lamps, rugs, caddys, towels, and everything else you would need.

Last but not least, what I did for most of my college stuff is order it through this site in a package! All of my stuff came in one big box and was warranted for all 4 years of college! This came with so much for so cheap. I am telling you, go this route instead of buying everything separate. You WILL save money! You get 27 items (in this package) for only $249 right now. Basically all of the items you will need for your dorm comes in this package. Everything else you buy outside of this is just extra stuff. So go check out this website for a great deal!

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Yall are now offically 100% prepared to go shopping for your dorm room with your packing list, to-buy list, already have list, your layout spreadsheets, your budget at hand, and now a list of places that offer a student discount as well as other places that are great for shopping for a dorm room!


I used this site & this site for some of the information on student discounts.

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