The college students are excited/nervous to start their new beginnings away at college. The parents are nervous to let their children go off on their own. Not only are parents worried about their children leaving, they are also worried about their wallet. College is NOT cheap so any chance to get a deal is certainly appreciated. Here are some dorm room ideas that look great without breaking the bank.

These dorm room ideas are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and budget-friendly.



While some dorms have private bathrooms others have public this list has bathroom supplies for those that have private bathrooms or an apartment.

*Disclosure to our valued readers: Some of the links below are affiliate links, this means at no cost to you, I could earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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Room Essentials Firm/Extra-Firm Bed Pillow • Room Essentials • $7.59–9.49

Available at Target: Hey, we could all use some new pillows, so check these out at a great price.

Room Essentials Microfiber Sheet Set Prints • Room Essentials • $9.49–26.99

Available at Target: These bed sheets have a variety of prints to choose from. They even come with pillowcases, this will help save if you decide not get the pillowcase options below.

VCNY White Azteca Printed Duvet Cover Set – VCNY® • $22.49–31.49

Available at Target: Great price for neutral bedding with a fun print. Easy to pair with colors if you choose to do so.

20×9 Indoor Outdoor Aloha Pineapple Pillow • $9.99

Available at TJ MAXX: At $10 these throw pillows are sure to stand out.

12×20 Indoor Outdoor Flamingo Pillow • $9.99

17×7 Indoor Outdoor Watercolor Cactus Pillow • $9.99

Xhilaration Coral Stripe Desert Flower Pillowcase • Xhilaration • $3.48

Available at Target: Add this pop of color to the bedding above.

Room Essentials Solid Plush Pillowcases • Room Essentials • $3.99

Available at Target: Another great option to add some life to your neutrals.

Jill Rosenwald Multi Patch Sham • $9.99

Available at Kohls: Great addition to your bedding or couch.

Flamingo Tropical 72-Inch x 70-Inch Multicolor Shower Curtain • $12.99

Available at Bed Bath & Beyond: This tropical shower curtain is a fun way to add some color to your bathroom.

Carved Leaf Wash Towel, Mint • Pottery Barn Teen • $2.99

PB TEEN: These beautifully patterned towels are definitely a steal!

Moda At Home White Raised Bath Rug • $11.97

Available at Nordstrom Rack: White, simple, and matches pretty much any shower curtain.

Room Essentials Plastic Shower Hooks Clear • Room Essentials • $1.49

Available at Target: If you have a shower curtain, you need the hooks to go along.

Copper Wire Hanging File Basket • $9.99

Available at Bed Bath & Beyond: You need somewhere to file all those papers you’ll be writing 😉

Room Essentials Y-Weave Small – Bramble Tan • Room Essentials • $5.99

Available at Target: Every space needs storage, these are a great price and functional

Room Essentials Y-Weave 11″ Cube – Turq • Room Essentials • $5.99

Petite Body Table Lamp • $16.97

Available at HauteLook: This style is sure to stand out, who wants the traditional desk lamp anymore?

Room Essentials Framed Floor Mirror • Room Essentials • $5.99

Available at Target: Everyone could use a mirror.

Nordstrom Rack Wide Stripe Throw – 60″x50″ • $19.97

Available at Nordstrom Rack: We could all use a blanket to cuddle up with when we’re home sick… or cold.

Grand total of all items listed above, with 2 Pillows and 6 Towels: $200.72

At $200.72 these dorm room ideas are sure to make both parents and new college students happy.