10 Must-Have Gadgets for College Students

Add these handy tech items to your back-to-school shopping list.

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August 01, 2019

None of these techy gadgets are items that you necessarily need at college, but we can’t help but want them all anyway.

From Amazon

For students with packed schedules, a portable phone charger is a great thing to always keep in tow. When you're running around from one class to another, there’s not always an accessible outlet to charge phones and tablets. A small, portable charger will keep you covered no matter how busy your day gets.

BUY IT: $19.99, Amazon

From Amazon

If you're obsessed with taking photos on your smartphone, an instant printer might just be the perfect dorm room essential. This portable, lightweight printer allows you to print Polaroid-style photos directly from your phone using Kodak film as the "paper." The tiny prints can easily be hung around a dorm room or pinned to a bulletin board, and it’s so small you can even bring the printer with you to a party.

BUY IT: $68.89, Amazon

From Amazon

More and more, a good wireless speaker is becoming a necessity for dorm rooms. Those who like to study with music on in the background will appreciate this stylish yet efficient speaker.

BUY IT: Prices start at $90, Amazon

You almost don’t need a TV if you have a pocket projector that you can easily hook up to your phone or laptop. You can use it to project movies or TV shows from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime directly onto a blank wall in your dorm room.

BUY IT: $320, Urban Outfitters

For the casual gamer who likes a bit of a retro flair, this Atari flashback console is perfect for parties or study breaks. It easily plugs into any TV and comes packed with 100 old-school Atari games like Space Invaders, Centipede, Asteroids and more. It’s light and portable, so it can easily be used in either a dorm room or a shared living space.

BUY IT: $80, Urban Outfitters

Dorms aren’t always known for having the best air conditioners. Depending on what part of the country you attend school, a good fan might be a necessity. And this 10-inch desk fan would work well in even the tiniest dorm room.

BUY IT: $299.99, Bed Bath & Beyond

From Amazon

This mircrophone connects wirelessly to phones to provide a seamless karaoke sesh with minimal equipment. It’s a must-have gadget for any college student who’s ever been caught singing in the shower.

BUY IT: $30.99, Amazon

From Walmart

Walkie talkies are a great solution for students who have friends in different rooms or on various floors of their dorm. Plus, it will save that phone bill.

BUY IT: $39.99, Walmart

From Amazon

Once you’ve tried wireless headphones, it’s hard to go back. These wireless bluetooth headphones come in a bunch of different colors and will quickly become your daily accessory.

BUY IT: $299.95, Amazon

From Amazon

A laptop is one of the most important tools a college student has in their arsenal. A laptop lock will make sure you're covered whether you're in class, at the library or even sitting out on the quad.

BUY IT: $16.59, Amazon

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