Where to buy dorm stuff – and what to buy before going back to school

Here's where to buy dorm stuff, whether you're a freshman looking for inspiration or a senior searching for upgrades

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Are you already wondering where to buy dorm stuff this year? The new school year is creeping up on us, and it's always best to be prepared than to leave things to the last minute, right? Which makes right now the perfect time to get that ball rolling. And luckily enough, we've found a few back to school sales on right now, with everything from dorm decor to dorm essentials and tech, all discounted.

Whether you are in the market for storage for your freshman year dorm or lighting to spruce your space on a budget, perhaps it's some new stationery or even some upgraded tech to see you through senior year, we've got it covered — and at the best prices, too. 

We've rounded up the Real Homes Edit of where to buy dorm stuff this year — and what to buy! We've also got an ultimate guide on dorm room essentials

Where to buy dorm stuff this year

1. Macy's (opens in new tab)

Macy's is the first place to head for dorm essentials and decor, with everything from stylish home decor to affordable tech and budget-friendly bedding up for grabs.  Plus, you can get an extra 20 per cent off selected buys using the code SHOP.

2. Target (opens in new tab)

Over at Target, you can shop plenty of dorm buys to spruce your space for less this September. We're talking greenery from $5 (opens in new tab), throw pillows from $6 (opens in new tab), mirrors from $7 (opens in new tab), and lighting from $8 (opens in new tab). Prices this cheap shouldn't be missed...

3. Dormify (opens in new tab)

The clue's in the name with this one, and there's a whopping 50% off sitewide (opens in new tab) right now. The ultimate place to shop for anything and everything for your dorm room, no matter your style, it's all here.

4. Amazon (opens in new tab)

Possibly the most obvious place to shop for dorm decor, Amazon is easy, speedy and convenient, especially for Prime members. Here, you can pick up appliances, bedding and decor at the same time.

See below for our must-have picks. This includes essentials (opens in new tab) such as a lunchbox, backpack, laptop or laundry detergent, and supplies (opens in new tab) for your studies plus there's a deals (opens in new tab) section so that you can bag a bargain.

5. Home Goods (opens in new tab)

Shop the Home Goods Back to Campus (opens in new tab) section now for an array of discounts that won't last much longer. Think of everything from stylish soft decor to sturdy storage solutions and more. There's nowhere else to go if it's affordable dorm decor you are searching for. You can also shop Home Goods clearance (opens in new tab) section for more discounts.

6. Walmart (opens in new tab)

Perhaps an obvious go-to, but Walmart is great for more than just food items and electronics. In fact, we've found some pretty stylish buys in their Back to College range (opens in new tab). You can shop by category, from laptop & tech (opens in new tab) to study stuff (opens in new tab) (think desks and chairs), supplies & backpacks (opens in new tab) and even small apartment finds (opens in new tab).

7. BestBuy (opens in new tab)

Don't forget about BestBuy when it comes to appliances and tech for your dorm room. Think coffee makers, laptops, speakers and more. Currently, there are some brilliant deals online for members. From $50 off the MacBook Pro and $370 off Windows Laptops.

What else do you need to buy for your dorm room?

If you're upgrading your sleep setup in your bedroom, then these $150 mattress toppers should be on your radar. Otherwise, we have rounded up some budget-friendly bedding sets for you to browse. We've done some shopping for bedroom organizers, too, if you're keen on a neat and tidy dorm room.

When thinking about your clothes, shoes, and handbags, you can maximize your space with a closet organizer or two. If you won't have a closet, then buying a clothes rack would make complete sense.

When it comes to actually studying, see our guide on Amazon office chairs, to study comfortably. And if you need a printer, we've tried and tested some of the best small printers around.

Annie Collyer
Head Ecommerce Editor

Hi! I'm Annie, and I'm the Head Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes. Along with my team, I'm here to review all of the products you might be considering buying for your home. As someone who lives in a flat with a small amount of storage space to work with, and with two indoor pets to clean up after, I am forever searching for stylish yet functional appliances that won't blemish my decor if I can't fit them in a cupboard. I love decorating my living room for each season, while my other hobbies include drinking a decent cup of coffee, going on park walks with my dog and enjoying an Instagrammable brunch with my husband.

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