Back to College: Where to Shop

‘Tis the season for back to school! It seems to come faster every single year, especially this year since I have no school to return to. This sounds morose, but post-grad life is pretty great too. 🙂 Plus I got to relive all the pre-move-in madness with my brother, who will be a junior at MSU.

If you’re an incoming freshman or a senior returning to an already-furnished house, here’s a list of my favorite places to pick up all the essentials, and some fun things too.


Target is a great place for a mass haul; batteries, command hooks, favorite protein bars, and cute furniture and home goods. It’s a one stop shop! Don’t forget the hangars, bedsheets, and broom, but definitely pick up some of their adorable decor items. Bright colors to personalize a freshman dorm, an adorable “Bar” sign for a bar cart in your senior year house.

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All the “necessities” but with glam and gorgeous execution. Daily planner? Check. Shaggy rug and cute baskets to stow odds and ends? Check. Even a towel that doubles as a cover-up (hello, community bathrooms). And don’t forget the trendy message board to write messages to your roomie and a throw pillow that is a constant reminder that no matter how stressful it gets, in college there are no bad days. Plus you can’t beat a T.J. Maxx price tag, everything is half the price it would be anywhere else!

Let's Do This 2018-2019 Planner5x7 Enchanted Shag RugSmall Storage Basket With TriangleWaffle Weave Spa Wrap10x10 Message Board With Letters20x20 No Bad Days Embroidered Pillow


Ikea is all around great for the many basics needed for college. Looking through the showrooms for inspiration and choosing a theme for bedding and decor is so much fun, and you can quickly grab everything from pots and pans to a bath mat while you’re at it. Everything is inexpensive and while it might not last more than a few years, that’s the most you’ll need it in college anyway!

Where are your favorite places to dorm and college shop?