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26 space-saving uni room essentials: Here's what you need for your student accommodations

Essentials on Amazon that you need to live your best clutter-free uni student life

Karen Silas

Autumn means thoughts turn to cosy jumpers, countdown to Halloween and Christmas, and more immediate changes – like going back to school. For university students who are moving into residence halls, it's also time to start thinking about those room storage ideas and organisation essentials for student digs to get the new term started smoothly. Since convenience when it comes to shopping these key items is a must, we’ve created a list of the best uni room buys on Amazon to help set up a small student living space in a way that is comfortable, chic and practical. 

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What should you pack for university?

Since uni will be your home away from home, you want to make sure you have all the essentials you need for daily life both in terms of comfort and practicality. You'll need to make sure to pack bed linens and towels, clothing for at least the season – or multiple seasons if you don't plan to visit home – and laundry detergent, as well as your personal toiletries. 

Think about the basics you'll need to turn your room into your daily living space: closet essentials such as coat hangers and a laundry hamper, as well as must-have kitchen items like mugs and a kettle.

For your studies you will need your desktop computer or laptop, USB sticks, and, of course, stationery for all your courses. (We found some great deals on cheap student stationery to keep you on budget!)

Make sure you also have your important personal items at hand: at least two forms of identification, your mobile phone (and charger!) as well as your medications.

And last but not least, don't forget your personal style! Check out our modern bedroom ideas or have a look on Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration.

What essentials do you need to organise your uni student room?

With communal areas in residence halls now subject to even more strict protocols and restrictions amidst the coronavirus ‘new normal’ – check your uni's rules for common areas like shared bathrooms, kitchens and study rooms – it’s even more important that your personal living space be a self-sufficient (and efficient!) organised oasis. If a temporary confinement is ever necessary, you'll be grateful you planned ahead.

You'll need space-saving storage that go beyond coat hangers, from closet organisers that make the most of the space in your wardrobe, to extra storage ideas, like over-door hooks and shelves, that don't need installation. And beyond your laptop, mobile and kettle, consider helpful electronic gadgets and charging stations, as well as compact appliances, that will help keep your dorm room clutter-free. Be sure to check with your respective uni about rules regarding types of appliances that are permitted.

So... are you ready? Here's our list of the best uni room essentials you can shop on Amazon.

Closet and drawer organisers: 

Let's start with the basics – how to keep your closet and drawers organised while also focusing on the efficiency of the little amount of space students have in their student accommodations. Drawer organisers, shoe organisers closet 'cubbies' and space-saving hangers are all a must.

washable drawer divider for uni

A set of three washable drawer dividers that come in a host of prints and colours

Drawer organiser, pack of 3, more designs available, £13.99, Amazon

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hanging closet cubby with rod

Make the most of your closet space with a four-shelf cubby with hanging rod

Amazon Basics hanging closet cubby, £17.99, Amazon

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magic hangers space savers

Create extra space in your closet with space-saving hangers

Magic hangers, £7.64 for pack of 10, Amazon

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shoe storage for uni room

Get two times the footwear storage space with these gadgets that allow you to store pairs of shoes stacked instead of side-by-side

Space-saving shoe organiser, £23.99 for pack of 20, Amazon

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Bedside storage and space-saving ideas

Optimise the space under and alongside your bed with some creative and super simple additions to your student digs. 

bedside storage caddy

No-fuss additional storage at your fingertips - just slip the anchor under your mattress

Bedside storage caddy, £10.55, Amazon

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underbed storage boxes

Make the most of the empty space under your bed with boxes to store seasonal clothes or linen

Amazon Basics under-bed storage box, £10.99 each, £19.99 for two, Amazon

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bedside table with storage

In addition to the table surface, which has a groove to insert your tablet, this movable side table has three shelves for extra storage

Side table with wheels, £39.95, Amazon

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clip on lamp

A flexible lamp with 360-degree adjustability and the lighting colour has two modes: white light or warm

Clip-on lamp, also available in chrome finish, £11.89, Amazon

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 Laundry and bathroom storage ideas

Whether you're toting your toiletries, your detergent or your laundry, there are some very clever storage solutions that will make your life easier.

umi compact laundry basket bin hamper

The ultra-slim form of this washing basket with wheels makes it easy to stash just about anywhere

Umi rolling laundry basket, more colours available, £24.99, Amazon

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idesign orbz divided tote shower

A handy caddy with nine compartments and draining holes at the bottom, just what you need to tote your toiletries to the shower

iDesign Orbz shower caddy, £13.99, Amazon

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mdesigner portable organiser

A plastic all-purpose caddy with a stylish wooden handle

 mDesign portable organiser, £13.19, Amazon

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travel laundry bag with hooks door storage

This nylon laundry bag has hooks to hang from a door and turns into a backpack when it's time to do the wash

Travel laundry bag, £12.99, Amazon

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Desk organisers

To get the most out of your desk, look for space-saving mini shelves, organisers and stands that will help clear off the surface as much as possible to give you additional working space.

mini desk shelves

This mini-shelf is modular so you can configure it in a host of ways 

Mini desk shelves, £21.99, Amazon

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laptop stand uni

A laptop stand will lift your computer to eye-level which is better for your back and neck, but also frees up desk space underneath

Laptop stand, £27.99, Amazon

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Compact appliances

With communal areas under strict guidelines due to coronavirus, think about creating a personal space that is as self-sufficient as possible. Mini coffee makers or tea kettles, mini-fridges and other small appliances can be a major convenience and reduce your need to be in common areas.

subcold mini fridge

This portable mini fridge, which comes with AC, DC and USB power cables, can cool up to 18°C below the ambient temperature or even heat up to 60°C to keep food warm

Mini fridge in pink, more colours available, £39.99, Amazon

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hot water dispenser for dorm

This hot water dispenser with Brita fliter technology boils a cup of water in under 50 seconds – perfect for everything from tea to pot noodles

 Instant filtered hot water dispenser, £79.99, Amazon

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russell hobbs coffee maker for dorm

You can brew coffee or tea with this one-cup machine that comes with a stainless steel travel mug and has a permanent filter

 Russell Hobbs Brew and Go, £29.99, Amazon

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 Best over the door hooks, hangers and shelves

Student accommodations are a temporary home, so no-adhesive, no installation storage solutions are a must.

idesign over the door hook

Over the door hooks in a chic copper design

Over the door hooks, £8.99, Amazon

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soft fabric over the door organiser

Three roomy pockets to store shoes, handbags and more

mDesign over the door storage, £17.54, Amazon

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Multi-use and modular furnishings

With limited space, student digs definitely require furniture that does double or even triple duty! Look for compact furnishings that serve more than one purpose – footstools with storage that can also be used for seating, for example. To make sure your space is as adaptable to your needs as possible, look for modular furnishings you can customise or tables, shelves and trolleys with wheels for easy movement.

teal footstool with storage

This stylish piece can serve as a footrest, extra seating AND extra storage

Storage footrest in teal, more colours available, £36.99, Amazon

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rolling trolley for dorm room

A cute trolley that can be used to store just about anything and will add a pop of colour to your room

Three-shelf trolley, £21.99, Amazon

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modular shelves six amazon basics

You can stack these six modular cubes however you'd like to fit your space

Amazon Basics modular wire cube shelves, £27.99, Amazon

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Electronics: Devices and storage

Technology can definitely make uni life easier or more pleasant, from high-quality wireless speakers to cool multi-tasking devices like Amazon’s Echo. We also have so many devices these days – laptops, tablets, mobiles, smart watches… the list is endless – so think about getting a practical charging station set up as well.

bose mini bluetooth speaker for dorm

This five-star mini-speaker with microphone has it all: you can answer calls, take it with you anywhere AND listen to your favourite tunes with quality Bose sound

Bose compact Bluetooth speaker, £90, Amazon

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amazon echo 8

If you want to stay organised, the Amazon Echo Show is like a personal assistant – not only can you easily make video calls to your friends and family with Alexa devices, Alexa will keep track of everything from your to-do lists to calendars, play your favourite music, podcasts or Amazon Prime shows and will even read your emails aloud at your command

Amazon Echo Show 8, Was £119.99 Now £69.99, Amazon

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USB multi port charger

Charge up multiple devices all at once with a multi-port charger

6-port USB charger, £23.99, Amazon

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charging station

Keep your devices and cables organised with a table-top charging station with five ports for your mobiles and tablets

Charging station, £31.98, Amazon

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