These Are the Under-$60 Dorm Room Essentials Your College Kid Needs

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A bedding set, dining set, and towels may already be on your list, but these dorm essentials are also necessary for college living. From sleep to study, we rounded up some often forgotten, yet absolute must-haves, for anyone heading to university.

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Mattress Topper

Any college kid, sleep-deprived or otherwise, will appreciate the plush comfort this mattress topper adds to their dorm's twin XL bed. Featuring gel-infused memory foam, it hugs the body and evenly distributes weight to relieve pressure and align the spine. It also includes temperature-regulating gel beads that keep them cool throughout the night. More than 3,000 Amazon customers agree that this topper is essential for a good night's sleep. (from $40; amazon.com)

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Desk Lamp

The adjustable swing arm on this desk lamp allows your student to direct light where it's needed—perfect for late-night study sessions as it can illuminate the work area without disturbing a roommate. Plus, it's available in four colors (black, matte rose, matte mint, and matte white) to blend with dorm décor seamlessly. (from $19, usually $25; wayfair.com)

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Keurig Coffee Maker

From early mornings to late nights, this Keurig Coffee Maker provides a caffeine boost in three cup sizes. Thanks to its removable drip tray, it even fits a travel mug for those days when your college student wants to take a steaming cup to class. But it doesn't just brew coffee; tea and hot chocolate come in K-cups, too, so everyone can get plenty of use out of this handy appliance. ($59; walmart.com)

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Shower Caddy

Whether your college kid is sharing a bathroom with one roommate or an entire dorm floor, this shower caddy will help keep all their toiletries organized. Crafted of mildew-resistant mesh, this nifty case dries quickly and is made for durability. Use the large compartment for a towel and fill the outer slots with shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, and other bath essentials. Its handle also allows for easy carrying, and if you hang it over a showerhead your toiletries will always be within arm's reach. Tip: This quick-drying caddy is ideal for swimmers, too! ($16; amazon.com)

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Storage Ottoman

Dorm rooms are small, which is why multi-functional pieces like this ottoman are a must for maximizing space. Available in two colors, this ottoman can house books, towels, or even movies and games. Its side pocket provides a perfect home for chargers, tablets, and headphones. Plus, it doubles as extra seating, foot rest, and laptop stand. When not in use (though we doubt it ever won't be), it folds for compact storage. ($25; bedbathbeyond.com)

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Cordless Vacuum

A handheld vacuum allows your college student to tidy up their room without taking up nearly as much space as a full-size vacuum. This cordless option features cyclone technology for powerful suction that clears crumbs, dust, and even pet hair. It also has a detachable motorized brush perfect for removing dirt on a futon or rug, and it also comes in handy for cleaning the car. With a rechargeable battery and washable filter, we have a feeling this small-but-mighty vacuum will last well beyond the college years. ($48; overstock.com)

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