21 Amazon Products Every College Student Must Have
Note: This list only features the best products for college students with at least 4.1/5 stars, and most have 25+ reviews on Amazon. All featured reviews were written by verified purchasers. Product selections are 100% our own - we do not accept sponsored placements.
Dorm life is challenging. Any time you have multiple people sharing a small space, you're going to need some clever ways to get by. We've gathered some of the best products (most under $50, all under $100) to help you do just that.
1. This hollow book that's actually a safe...a great place to hide your "valuables"
Average rating: 4.4/5 (220+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Looks like a real book. I purchased this to protect pain medication I have to keep from falling into the wrong hands. On the shelf nobody would expect this wasn't a book because even the edges look like pages of paper."
2. This shockingly affordable and powerful bluetooth speaker
Average rating: 4.5/5 (15,500+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "WOW. I mean, wow. My wife absolutely loves this. Her last Logitech Blutooth speakers ($100) were a few years old and we didn't buy into any of the Beats speaker or whatnot. Amazon had a great deal on these speakers ($20) and these were AMAZING. EXTREMELY simple to set up, HUGE sound, easy to use, water resistant and just blew us away how good the volume, sound texture, and everything was."
3. An umbrella flask. You're welcome.
Average rating: 4.4/5 (50+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "My friends consider me a flask connoisseur and I have to admit that I'm always looking for the most unique or unusual flask I can find. This umbrella flask is by far the best flask that is hidden in plain sight. People have no clue that it is a flask and it holds quite a bit of booze. I have already been back to purchase additional umbrella flasks to give out as gifts."
4. Light up the quad after dark with this LED frisbee
Average rating: 4.4/5 (1,200+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "The Nite Ize Flashflight LED Flying disc is hands down the nicest light up flying disc I've ever seen. It flys solid. It's gorgeous and highly visible at during night time fun. It's really well made and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It is everything they say it is! I love this product and I would definitely buy it again...."
5. "Study" until the break of dawn with help from the world's strongest coffee
Average rating: 4.7/5 (12,400+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Got this several weeks ago. Finished the first pot and then rebuilt the motor in my Chevelle. While it was running. While riding my Harley. And reloading ammo. Wife wanted a cup but the coffee maker jumped off the counter, beat the refrigerator like a JV wrestler and then ran off yelling something about destroying ISIS. 12/10 will purchase again."
6. Not feeling thirsty? Try these beer flavored jelly beans instead.
Average rating: 4.4/5 (100+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Literally tastes like beer!"
7. Print your photos from your smartphone with this compact photo printer...
Average rating: 4.3/5 (35+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I absolutely love this little printer! It's really easy to setup and use. All you have to do is charge it and connect your phone via wifi to use it! This was perfect for me to print out small pictures to send to my boyfriend while he is away for basic training for the Air Force!"
8. ...and then display them in festive style with these photo clip string lights
Average rating: 4.1/5 (125+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "You can use this for soo many things, in an office, bedroom, lounge etc. It certainly was a talking point when family came over, and would recommend this as a lovely way to display anything. Our dark winters here are certainly brighter because of this product."
9. You'll never be walked in on again when you buy this portable door lock (works on any door with hinges)
Average rating: 4.3/5 (530+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "All I know is, if someone wants in your house, they're not getting in through the door. Not with this in place. What a great little, well thought out device. I put one on our front door and one on our bedroom door, and have to say, I feel pretty secure in knowing they're out there."
10. Mix up your drinking games with shot glass checkers (but for heaven's sake be careful)
Average rating: 4.3/5 (15+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Great product for a great price...it was exactly as expected."
11. Or maybe Spin the Shot is more your speed
Average rating: 4.2/5 (275+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "It was overall a big hit. Such a big hit in fact, that on the first night I brought it out, someone stole it. So if the possibility of multiple shots and possible theft sounds good to you, buy it now."
12. Stay cool with this ultra quiet USB powered desk fan
Average rating: 4.5/5 (1,600+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This little fan is amazingly strong. It runs quiet and doesn't take up much space on a desk or table. The USB makes it handy to be able to use this fan while on the computer or anywhere there's a USB port."
13. At under $70, these noise cancelling bluetooth headphones are a steal
Average rating: 4.2/5 (200+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I must join the crowd of previous posters to write that this is truly a gem of a find. I am not an audiophile but this headset provides me the critical elements I need for today's use."
14. Do your roommate a favor and unstinkify your shoes with these deodorizing sneaker balls
Average rating: 4.4/5 (940+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "These are awesome! My husband and I worked in a kitchen for a few years and our shoes would just smell so bad between the sweat from hours of running around and being on our feet to the grease smells and the sea food truck. These worked amazing to keep the smell down and our house went from stinking no matter what because of our shoes, to not being able to tell they were ever there."
15. Brew yourself a cup of fresh coffee whenever you want with this compact K-Cup Coffee Maker
Average rating: 4.3/5 (450+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This machine has to be the BEST purchase I have ever made on Amazon. I literally could not believe how amazing it is. Honestly, the "3 minutes" a few people felt bad about is not too bad in my opinion. The thing that I do enjoy and appreciate about the machine (aside from the price) is it simplicity. One button and you're good to go. The coffee is pretty strong when you use the right k-cups and obviously the right amount of water too."
16. Assemble and repair furniture easily with a mini toolkit
Average rating: 4.7/5 (30+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "It has all the essential tools you could need for home in a nice little compact case that's easy to store and keep anywhere. This toolkit is definitely not "cheap" and all of the tools are great quality. I've been able to use it for several household projects with ease, and all of the tools have held up nicely."
17. Make your glassware party-proof with unbreakable wine glasses (or unbreakable beer glasses)
Average rating: 4.4/5 (540+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "We now use these almost every occasion. We no longer have to worry about picking up broken glass when our friends get a bit tipsy :)"
18. Get sh*t done without even getting out of bed with this laptop table
Average rating: 4.8/5 (560+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I was able to work for long durations while lying in bed and on our sofa which was exactly what I was hoping some product would help me do. The legs easily adjust on both sides, so if one side of the couch or bed dips, it was easy to keep the tabletop level by adjusting the legs to different heights."
19. This cookbook is the only cookbook you need
Average rating: 4.4/5 (85+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I'm currently hungover. I used this book a couple times. I almost burnt down my house once using this book. But it's my fault, not the book's. I highly recommend taking the quiz in the beginning of the book, so you can figure out what meal to prepare."
20. Always be prepared with Sriracha on your key ring
Average rating: 4.3/5 (160+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "These are the best things since sliced bread. Both my sister and I love spicy food, but we either find no spice at a restaurant, or they have a good spicy sauce, but not the kind we want. These keychains are perfect since they can be refilled with anything that you want and they are ALWAYS with you."
21. Make beer temporarily taste like candy (seriously) with these miracle fruit tablets
Average rating: 4.2/5 (675+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I was a bit skeptical about how this product will work. It does work! Citrus fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit, etc...were simply amazing. It tasted like someone dipped the whole fruit into sugar. Then I tried some hard liquor. The liquor still had that burning sensation, but tasted like flat soda. It was so manageable that my wife was able to drink Crown, Hennessy, Patron, and Jack Daniels on the rocks."
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