Not to panic you, but all of those back-to-school sales and posters everywhere aren't just stores pushing their stuff on you (though it's certainly a factor). Summer's slipping away fast, which means the first day back is coming up faster than you might realize. It's an even taller order for college students, since getting packed up to live in a dorm isn't as easy as making a quick Staples run to call that basic black binder "good enough." (If you're nodding because this is you, maybe try to spice things up with a few DIY supplies).
No matter if you're going into your first year or headed into your last, making your university housing a home away from home is vital to fending off homesickness. Plus, it definitely makes inviting friends over that much more exciting. Yes, dorm-envy is real, and if you want to be on the receiving end — rather than dishing it out — it's time to hit up Target's On To College shop.
This year's selection is crazy good, but the best part is that you can save 15 percent off anything you buy from Target's college checklist, and then pick it all up at the store closest to your campus when school starts. Our picks below will get you psyched to go back — seriously.
This simple, modern clock is just the touch of pink your desk or nightstand needs.
A cinema-inspired light box under $15? I'm so in! Plus, it comes with letters, numbers, and characters, so you can spell out whatever phrase you want — appropriate or not.
This vase collection is so dreamy, you'll keep it for your first apartment — and every move it survives after that.
Hey, you're not just here to study. Why not include wall art that encourages people to, you know, say hello?
No way you could beat this price for a gorgeous macrame wall tapestry. This should go on the top of your checklist ASAP!
This isn't a regular corkboard, this is a cool corkboard. Like, really cool.
"Yes, I actually did paint these." - Me (not really)
The perfect imperfections of these gallery wall art sets give them a slight edge that's perfect for a college dorm room.
It's the easiest way to liven up a bland, cinderblock wall.
If cactuses speak to you, this LED cactus lamp is for you.
Not only is this 10-foot-long string of lights absolutely adorable, it's incredibly convenient! You can use the timer to light them up each day, and they'll shut off within 4 hours.
Pendant lights I can actually afford? I. am. sold. Look at how fun it is, too!
Have you ever seen a lamp like this? I don't think so.
Or, if you're more of a floor-lamp kind of person to save valuable table space, this one is nearly 6 feet tall.
You can never have too many embroidered pillows.
Correction: You can never have too many pillows. Period. This pom pom one makes that case.
Listen closely: If you buy nothing else, not even a pillow, buy a bed rest. It is a lifesaver for those late-night study sessions.
Is this not the cutest basket you ever did see? For extra storage (or even for those clothes you are tempted to leave on the floor), it's a no-brainer.
Should you find you have extra space for a chair in your room, get one! Guests are always looking for places to sit and most end up on the floor. If you have a chair for them, you win.
Poufs and/or ottomans are perfect makeshift seats, and they can be easily stowed when you need the extra room.
Dorm floors are typically tile or linoleum, AKA cold year-round. Buy a rug so getting out of bed for class doesn't have to be so ... chilling.
Make sure you choose one that won't show any extra dirt! Furry and/or white is TOUGH. People don't follow no-shoe rules in dorms. Be careful.