Back to School: Dorm Essentials

Back to School season is right around the corner, and with it comes students and parents alike who are scrambling to select the perfect items for a new school year. For those starting college, or perhaps moving to a boarding school, dorm decorations are likely at the forefront of those concerns. While living away from home for the first time might seem daunting, there are a plethora of ways to make a dorm room feel like home. From PB Teen to West Elm, South Coast Plaza has everything one could imagine to personalize that perfect room, and make a new endeavor feel all the more fun and fabulous. Here are 15 dorm room essentials that you won’t want to miss out on for the new year!


PB Teen

Photo Display

Whether it’s your dog’s face or a picture of you and your best friend, this photo display will add a personalized pop to an otherwise unfamiliar environment.

PB Teen

Bed Risers

Bed risers are a great way to make your room feel a little more luxurious while also giving you extra invisible storage underneath! Try these from PB Teen.



Wall Décor

Wall décor is an obvious must-have — Spice up wall space by adding a poster or even a mirror, like this one from Anthropologie.


Paper Source

Wall Calendar

Stay on top of all your to-dos with a trendy wall calendar- choose one to match your aesthetic or add a pop of color! Paper Source is the hub for the most charming calendars around.


West Elm


Decorative pillows automatically turn your space from drab to cozy-chic. Snuggle up with Mongolian lamb pillow covers from West Elm.

PB Teen

Desk Organizer

Organization is key at the beginning of the school year, and you’ll want a desk organizer that can hold anything you need it to. This one from PB Teen even has a built-in speaker!

PB Teen

Rolling Cart

Functional and fabulous? Yes, please! Store snacks, toiletries, or extra school supplies in a rolling organizer from PB Teen.



Desk Mirror

A small desk mirror, like this one from CB2, is essential for any and all of your face mask needs.


PB Teen

Laundry Bag

Walk to the laundry room in style with this ruffled laundry bag from PB Teen.


Paper Source


Keep a favorite mug in your dorm for when you need a little caffeine before class, like this monogrammed one from Paper Source.


PB Teen

Stylish Bedspread

A cozy blanket is essential to having the dorm room of your dreams. Try this quirky midnight blue quilt from PB Teen.



Room Spray

Have you ever wanted your room to have a signature scent? A room spray, like this one from Diptyque, will establish your space in a gorgeously subtle way.



Water Bottle

Campus life will keep you on your toes, and it’s easy to forget to drink water!  Stay hydrated all day with this sleek water bottle from Lululemon.


PB Teen

Storage Bins

What better way to store all your miscellaneous items than with these adorable bamboo baskets from PB Teen?


Pottery Barn

Faux Plants

When you’re stuck inside doing homework, sometimes it’s nice to have an element of nature right inside your room. Add some florals to your desk or dresser, like these from Pottery Barn.