15 Most Useful Gadgets for Your College Dorm Kitchen

These simple, often overlooked gadgets can help make your dorm cooking surprisingly impressive

Set of multi-purpose, colorful Kuhn Rikon pairing knives

While anticipating the first semester away at school — the first time away from the parents, from having laundry folded, and most importantly, from home-cooked meals — most college freshmen have no idea how to prepare for living away from home, let alone using a communal kitchen.

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If you’re like most, you don’t have to fear, because college food nightmares don’t have to be a given, and there’s ways to prepare for your departure so that you’re ready and able to cook up healthy, delicious meals. Your diet or love of cooking doesn’t have to fall by the wayside at college, and you’ll be happy to hear that the trip to Wal-Mart to stock up on things for your college dorm doesn’t involve as much ramen as you thought.

To help you prepare for a semester full of cooking, we’ve gathered a list of simple gadgets you can buy for college that can change the way you eat (and cook) at school. Whether you have a kitchenette in your dorm room or a communal kitchen shared amongst the floor, it’s easy to be well-prepared with kitchen items that help you cook up a mouthwatering meal that will satisfy your hunger and help you avoid the freshmen fifteen.


Though dorm restrictions and communal kitchens can propose road blocks, there are ways to get around these limitations, and ways to make sure you stay full and your diet stays regulated when you’re away at school for the first time this fall. Stock up on this kitchen-packing list and you’re sure to ace your culinary exam at school.