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College living that’s inspired by you

So much to do, so little time. Find all the college essentials and dorm room furniture you need to embark on your college journey at IKEA. With affordable, best-in-class solutions it's easy to turn any college living situation into the perfect place to study, sleep, and make uniquely your own. IKEA has everything you need to get ready for college.

Live your best dorm life

Whether you’re sharing with a roomie or going solo, we’ve got all the college dorm essentials you’ll need for even the smallest spaces.

Dorm room essentials

Staying on top of off-campus living

Whether you have a studio apartment or a house full of roommates, carve out a space that’s just for you. Find solutions for any kind of college apartment at IKEA.

College apartment essentials

Studying remotely? We've got you covered.

It’s the start of a new chapter. We can help you give that familiar space a college makeover. 

Virtual and commuter student essentials

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Give your student what they need to start designing their ideal college space. But remember, if you help them create the perfect room, you’ll have to remind them they still have to go to class. 

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Your college essentials checklist

You’ve spent a lifetime preparing for this moment. This college checklist will make sure you don’t forget a thing.

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Your dream dorm

Let's make sure your dorm room matches the excitement you have about going to college. We’ve got lots of functional college furniture and all the other dorm room essentials that will help you get the most out of any dorm room, or at least your half of it.

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Set your apartment apart

Living off-campus at college gives you lots of freedom. That’s why we’ve got a huge variety of solutions to accommodate your college apartment needs, no matter the size of the space. Take full advantage of your newfound independence by building your ideal college apartment – maybe you’ll even impress your parents in the process.

Time for your room to graduate

College is a time for exciting new beginnings, and that should include your space at home. Get inspired and reimagine your room with lots of functional furniture and college essentials. Make your room feel like a brand new space – except for the good old home cooking, of course.

Clever ideas for organizing and adapting your space

Dorm room life means thinking creatively, using every inch of space in the best way for you. Use a coffee table for a dinner party, or make a feature of your clothes. It’s all good!

A SNICKRA storage board holds pens, pencils and a ruler. Other desk items sit on a pair of BERGSHULT/PERSHULT shelves.
Two RIGGA clothing racks laden with clothes and shoes underneath. A GAMLEHULT storage footstool sits next to it.
A BLECKBERGET swivel chair and LAGKAPTEN/TILLSLAG desk sit under a VITVAL loft bed. A SNICKRA storage board is on the wall.
A vanity with a mirror and LEDSJÖ wall lamps on either side. A ring light is on, with hair dryer and makeup storage close by.
A young man holds a bowl and leans against a SUNNERSTA mini-kitchen while talking to a friend. A NISSAFORS trolley is nearby.
A VEBJÖRN desk, FORSÅ work lamp and BLECKBERGET swivel chair are in a student room. A PLUGGLAND memo board is on the wall.
FRIDNÄS nesting tables are set up in a room for a simple dinner party using the stools and sofa as seats for four people.
A PLUGGLAND memo board hangs on the wall underneath a shelf. It holds pens, scissors, dried flowers and two feathers.

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Dorm room essentials

From picking a major to planning for Spring break, you’ve got a lot on your mind. So, take advantage of dorm room ideas to help you settle in, stay comfortable and live your best college life. By choosing the right dorm room essentials, you can express your sense of style while getting the most out of any space. Find space saving solutions that make living in a dorm more comfortable and organized.

Put watches, belts or jewelry on display while keeping them organized and within easy reach with open tabletop storage containers. Place makeup accessories in storage organizers with compartments that slide right into drawers or onto shelving. Keep seasonal clothes dust free and out of the way in smart under the bed storage that also makes moving that much easier. Shop College Underbed Storage

College apartment essentials

Whether it’s the kitchen, the living room or your bedroom, find all your college apartment needs to help you and your roommates stay organized and vibing together well enough to binge watch a series. Choose shelving, drawers, desks and cabinets with smart storage to help maximize your space. Then add the convenience of wall shelves and hooks to use even more of your space to hold hats, backpacks, phones, and other college apartment essentials.

Having a kitchen means you don’t have to settle for the dining hall and meal plans anymore. Stock up on kitchen essentials for your college apartment that can help you organize your kitchen, eat better and perhaps save money for your summer abroad. Shop College Organization

Enhance your study space

Studying and attending class from home can be much more productive and comfortable by creating the right atmosphere through home organization. Even better when you can adjust the vibe with stylish additions that help you stay focused and organized.

Virtual college students can enhance their at-home study space with the help of a wide array of organizational solutions that can be found at IKEA.

Stay on top of your schedule with a memo board to keep on top of all your important dates. Grow with a bookcase that keeps your room clutter free—choose a BILLY bookcase that you can add more storage units to as you pick up more collectibles, plants or art to personalize your space. Keep your desk tidy and neatly organized to reduce stress with stylish desk organizers. Shop College Desk Organization

Frequently asked questions about dorm room essentials

Where to buy college dorm essentials?

You can buy them online or at an IKEA store near you. Search online to find helpful ideas and schedule a delivery or pick-up with Click and Collect. Or, come into an IKEA store to see ideas for a variety of living spaces. 

How do you maximize space in a small dorm?

Maximize the space of any size college dorm room by using as much space as possible. That means hanging backpacks, coats and accessories on wall shelving and hooks; placing seasonal clothes in under the bed storage containers; using a shower caddy that sticks to tile via a suction cup. 

What are must-have essentials for a first college apartment?

College apartment essentials include all your furniture needs from a comfortable mattress with bedding to help you stay well rested, sharp desk lighting to help you see clearly, and a desk, shelving and wardrobe with clothes storage containers to help you maximize space and stay organized. And you’ll need a laundry basket and clothes hamper. No one tells you, but college requires many, many wash cycles to graduate.

How to decorate a college dorm?

With stylish, yet affordable wall art from IKEA that ranges from illustrations, to streetscape photography and minimalist metal decals in simple designs.