Dorm Room Grocery List

Groceries 101: A college freshman’s shopping list.

Keeping food in your dorm room is a must, regardless of whether or not you have an unlimited meal plan. You’re bound to be limited on time or cravings will hit as you finish your final papers or study for midterms. Here’s our Dorm Room Grocery list of simple and quick foods to keep in your dorm room.


  • Cereal
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Yogurt, especially Greek Yogurt
  • Fruit, such as Apples, Bananas, and Cantaloupe
  • Granola and Granola Bars
  • Protein Bars
  • Bagels
  • English Muffins


  • Nut Butter (Almond Butter, Peanut Butter) and Jelly
  • Bread
  • Wraps
  • Canned Tuna Fish
  • Microwaveable Soups
  • Deli-style Meats (Sliced Turkey, Roast Beef, etc.)
  • Fruits, such as Oranges, Plums and Grapes


  • Microwaveable Mac and Cheese
  • Ramen
  • Instant Rice
  • Pre-Cooked Chicken and Chicken Strips
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Pre-Cut Sweet Potatoes
  • Easy-To-Bake Pasta


  • Popcorn
  • Tortilla Chips and Salsa
  • Crackers
  • Goldfish
  • Cheez-Its
  • Fruits, such as Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Vegetables and Dips (like Humus)
  • Pretzels
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Halo Top Ice Cream or Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
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