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Back-to-school season is officially here, and that means a full fall wardrobe refresh, new stationary, and figuring out how you’re going to deck out your bare-bones dorm room.
Yes, of course, you’ll need to snag some dorm essentials (bedding, trash bins, yawn). But the good news is you don’t have trek to several different stores just fill out your back-to-school checklist. If you want to make the transition to campus life as easy as possible, Urban Outfitters has your back.
Not only do they have all the bed and bath essentials you’ll need, you’ll find statement furniture pieces that are both practical and comfortable. They also have unexpected finds, like great turntable picks and stylish vinyl storage, so you can have the coolest audio setup in the building.
Whether you’re looking to create a comfy place to study, or just get everything you need to get to class, we’ve got you covered.
The Best Back-to-School Essentials from Urban Outfitters
Your first homework assignment? Check out our top picks from Urban Outfitters’ selection of semester-ready staples, so you can put your best foot forward this year.
1. Matilda Beanbag Floor Sofa
Sure, you could invite people over for a movie night or study sesh and make them sit on the bed — or your floor. But the Matilda Beanbag Floor Sofa is ultra-soft and has a sturdy enough feel to make it prime dorm furniture. Best part? No assembly necessary, just toss it on your floor and relax.
2. Vinyl Record Storage Shelf
Your dorm room space is precious, and this Vinyl Record Storage shelf is an all-in-one piece of decor that doubles as a stand for your turntable, and a holder for your records. It has 30 built-in slots that can hold up to 60 records (depending on sleeve thickness), with sweet vintage-inspired design.
3. Brilliant Ideas Sunset Lamp
Create a sunset in your space with this TikTok-famous projector light. The lamp rotates 180 degrees with multiple light effects so you can adjust the vibe however you like. As long as you keep the USB plugged cable in, you can keep the sunset going all night long.
4. Audio-Technica LP60X-BT Bluetooth Record Player
Keep your beats fresh and hands-free with this dorm-friendly turntable from one of our favorite audio brands, Audio-Technica. This belt-driven record player is fully automatic, and connects to powered speakers and headphones via cables or Bluetooth for flexible listening.
5. Bellroy Classic Backpack
Of course, you’re going to need to leave your dorm to get to class every once and a while (right?), and this Bellroy Classic Backpack will help you pack everything up in style. The durable outer protects those expensive textbooks, and it comes with several inner pockets and a laptop sleeve.
6. Greenery Duvet Set
When you crash at the end of a long day of classes, comfort is key — but since you won’t have a ton of wall real estate, your bedding should be a piece of your decor, too. This smooth cotton duvet set from UO Home has a classy allover plant print and a hidden button closure to keep everything in place. It comes in Twin/Twin XL and is machine-washable (no quarters included).
7. Marshall Minor III Wireless Headphones
Whether you’re studying in the library, or racing off to your next class, you’re going to want to have some portable tunes to help you make it through the day. These AirPods dupes from Marshall are lightweight-yet-durable, and pack in 25 hours of wireless playtime. The 12mm custom-tuned drivers don’t slouch on sound, either.
8. Felix Folding Storage Caddy
Sharing a bathroom can be the pits, but you can make things easier with a portable shower caddy like this Felix Folding Storage Caddy. With divided compartments and a sturdy carry handle, you’ll be able to lug your entire 12-step skincare routine down the hall. When you’re not heading off to the showers, we like that the crate can double as desk or even accessory storage.
9. Geo Sun Laundry Bag
Make laundry day easier, no matter how far you have to haul your clothes to on campus. These open-faced bags come in three colorful prints so they don’t look like eyesores in your room. It’s also finished with braided handles that won’t fray or break easily while you transport your laundry.
10. Fujifilm Instax Mini Link 2
Yes, please remember to pack trash bags, but making memories is also an essential part of the school experience — Fuji Instax Mini Link 2 can turn those memories into instant photos. With this smartphone printer, you can take your favorite digital photos and customize them on your phone with fun filters and stickers before printing a physical keepsake.