College Girl Dorm Grocery Guide

College Girl Grocery List

Even if you have an unlimited meal plan (and if you do, we’re totally jealous!), it’s still smart to keep some staple food items in your dorm. You never know when you’ll be running late for class and need a quick breakfast or when you’ll be up late finishing a paper and craving something sweet. Keeping your mini-fridge stocked means that you’ll never have to worry about rushing to the dining hall to grab a meal if you don’t have the time between activities.


If you’re like me or any other college student on campus you will end up having to take morning class at some point in your college career, and I hate to break it to you but you might not wake up in time to make it to breakfast and your 8 am class. Long nights study or out might not allow for the early breakfast rising to make it to the dining hall before it closes. Here are some good options to choose from when you are in a pinch:

  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Cereal & Milk
  • Fruit (Apples, Oranges, Bananas)
  • Yogurt
  • Granola or Protein Bars


With a college class schedule, you’re likely to have random breaks throughout the day, which means you’re bound to end up in your dorm around lunchtime once in a while. The good thing about most lunch items is that they can also double as dinners, which is great news for a college budget.

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
  • Sliced Turkey Roll Ups
  • Cheese Quesadillas (Shredded cheese between two tortillas zapped in the microwave for a couple seconds)
  • Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
  • Chips and Salsa


For the nights you get back late from class or just need a break from the dining hall, you’ll be happy you have quick dinners around in your dorm so you can get straight to work on finishing the last season of your new favorite Netflix show—er, we meant finishing that term paper.

  • Easy Mac
  • Ramen Noodles (Noddle Cups, made with the Keurig)
  • Bagel Bites
  • Microwavable Soup & Chili
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Microwavable Rice


Ask any collegiate: snacks are extremely important. Whether you’re hanging out for movie night in your dorm with friends or you just need something salty after you come back at midnight, quality snacks are a must

  • Popcorn
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Pretzels
  • Chips
  • Goldfish
  • Trail Mix
  • Veggies and Hummus
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Chocolate


Now that you have all the basics, step up your dorm room grocery game with some extras you may not have thought of! If you’re a coffee drinker, invest in a Keurig Brewing System. It’s ideal when you only want to make one cup of coffee for yourself in the morning. Not a fan of coffee? Get some tea bags and instant hot chocolate instead! If you like honey or sugar in your hot beverages, make sure to stock up on that too.

  • Keurig
  • Brita Water Pitcher
  • Tupperware
  • Plastic Baggies
  • Plastic Silverware
  • Napkins
  • Coffee Cream & K-Cups
  • Cups
  • Plates


Hopefully, this helps you from going hungry, and just add a little extra treat to your day. My freshman year I wasn’t a huge fan of the large dining hall and spent most of my meals in my dorm room. If that’s you or just love a snack hopefully this is helpful in adding a few new foods to your college diet pallet.


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4 thoughts on “College Girl Dorm Grocery Guide

  1. sadieeliza September 3, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    Loved this Megan! As I’m a college student and this was brilliant! What a great post. Much love ❤️

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  2. Mackenzie September 4, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I spent most of my meals in my dorm during first year too! Hummus and carrots, cheese and crackers were staples in my life

    Liked by 2 people

    • My Sprinkle of Prep September 4, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      For sure my fridge and snack drawer where always packed with snacks and yummy foods!


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