Furnishing Your First College Apartment

It is officially back to school season and classes are starting at colleges and universities all over the country. For freshman students, this means moving into a not-so-spacious dorm room in a hall on campus. But for those lucky returning upperclassmen, this new school year likely means the opportunity to finally have the option to move off of campus into an apartment! While having all this extra space is exciting, it can also be a little intimidating. You suddenly have the living space of a young professional, but still have the budget of a college student.

We’ve put together a list of our Top 5 College Apartment Furniture Must-Haves to help you furnish your apartment, but still be able to afford groceries.. because you have a kitchen to cook in now too!


You need something to sleep on, there’s no getting around that. You want a good quality one so you can actually get some sleep, but you also do not want to drive your childhood twin mattress hundreds of miles on the roof of your car (we don’t recommend this).

Enter the Snoozecube! This bed-in-a-box collection has four different models, so you can choose which level of comfort will be best for your individual sleep needs. The best part of this is that your mattress comes packed in an easy to maneuver box. It can easily fit in your car or be shipped directly to your college apartment! Plus, with a warranty of up to 15 years, you can rely on your Snoozecube investment to last you through college and into your post-grad apartment.

Snoozecube Mattress


Now that you have to rely on your own cooking skills instead of the dining hall, you’ll need a place to actually sit and eat your meals. While you might think that eating dinner on your sofa every night will work fine, trust us when we tell you that it will get old fast. A dining table will also give you a space to work, which can be especially helpful if you don’t have room for a desk.

A drop leaf table is great for small apartments with only two roommates. It can be expanded when you both are eating or working there, and then be folded down to take up less space when you aren’t using it.

Suncadia Drop Leaf Dining Set

For apartments with 3 or more roommates, a standard 4-seat table will work just fine – plus you can always add an extra chair or two if you need it!

Suncadia Leg Table Dining Set



When furnishing an apartment on a college student budget, you want to be sure that all the pieces you purchase are as functional as they are stylish. When it comes to your sofa, think about what is going to work best for your space and for YOU. If you plan on having a lot of friends come visit, think about getting a sleeper sofa.

Archer Sleeper Sofa – Navy

If you think you want little extra room, a sofa with a chaise could be your best option.

Archer Sofa Chaise – Sky

The Archer Collection is a great option because it have multiple product options in 8 different colors to choose from!



I think we can all agree that there is nothing worse than waking up to sweaty sheets, and it certainly doesn’t help that most college apartments don’t have air conditioning. The advanced moisture wicking technology in these BEDGEAR Dri-Tec® Performance Sheets will help you sleep cooler and dryer. Because of their advanced technology, they allow 10x more airflow than traditional sheets – so they’ll stay cool all night, not just the first few moments you jump into bed. Not only will they help you sleep better, but they are can be machine washed & dried making them super easy to care for.

Dri-Tec Sheet Set Collection – Grey



Speaking of no air-conditioning, you might as well throw in a cooling pillow to! Trust us, this will be better than that one you were bringing from home that you’ve had since 9th grade. Tempur-pedic’s Tempur-Adapt Pro pillows not only have cool-to-the touch technology, but they come in three different “sizes” – low, mid, and high. This allows you to choose the size that properly supports your head, neck & shoulders.

TEMPUR-Adapt Pro + Cooling Pillow


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