Even though you will probably have a meal plan for the cafeteria, it’s still a good idea to have a couple of snacks to keep in your dorm room for those late night study break when hunger hits.

Here are the top 10 snacks that you should have in your dorm room at all times!

You definitely need these snacks in your dorm room! Tips on dorm room food.

Top Ramen

This is a dorm room staple that every college student needs to have. The awesome thing about ramen is that there are so many different ways that you can prepare it, so you don’t have to use the chicken flavored powder every time!

Microwave Packaged Pasta

A step up from top ramen. Target has a great variety of pasta dishes on the same aisle as the mac and cheese. These can be made in your dorm room microwave, including marinara, pesto and alfredo. These are a great alternative meal for those days when you didn’t make it to the cafeteria on time or your dinner just didn’t fill you up enough.

Your favorite fresh fruit

Grapes. Apples. Peaches. Bananas. Whatever your favorite fruit is, get your mini fridge stocked up so that you avoid the freshman fifteen as much as possible.

Carrots & Hummus

If you’re craving something crunchy this is a great alternative to those pesky potato chips that can be so tempting. You can get hummus in a variety of yummy flavors!

Brita Pitcher

I honestly think that this is a necessity to keep in your mini fridge. It is a much cheaper option than buying water bottles. The great thing about this is that you and your roommate can share the cost of the pitcher and filters, which makes it even cheaper!



Chances are, you will be having a lot of movie nights in your dorm room. Make sure that you are stocked up on popcorn so that you can treat your friends to a movie night essential!

Granola Bars

Perfect for an early morning when you need a quick breakfast on the run. You can also keep a couple in your backpack for when those late afternoon stomach grumbles hit you in the middle of chemistry!

Mug Cake

You can totally wow your friends with this awesome mug cake. You will need a few items that you may not normally have in your dorm room, but it’s totally worth the investment. You might end up making these every night!


Oatmeal is super filling, can be easily made in a microwave AND comes in a lot of yummy flavors. Basically, you can’t go wrong. It is just as yummy at 11pm as it is at 7am!


You can put it on anything your little heart desires…pretzels, fruit, cookies. Pretty much anything. You can’t go wrong with Nutella!

What is your favorite dorm room snack? Let us know in the comments below!

17 thoughts on “10 Must-Have Snacks for Your College Dorm Room

  1. Freshmen year, my friends and I made puppy chow in our dorm! It was a little messy but it ended up being a lot of fun and we bonded over the experience. Plus puppy chow is really good


  2. Nutellaaaaa! Don’t get me started. I actually have to buy mine from Costco -.- I’m such a fattie!
    Fruits, Granola bars, oatmeal, check!!! Please add more? 😀


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