10 Quirky Items Every Student Apartment Needs

Setting up your student apartment is a fun part of getting ready for the new school year. You’ve probably gathered all the basics, but there are a few extra things you might want to add to your list to make college life a little easier. Don’t forget to pack the following:

Quirky Student Essentials


1. Air Diffuser

Does your apartment always smell like gym socks or leftover takeout? An air diffuser is a great way to keep it smelling fresh. Add essential oils like lemon and peppermint to improve focus, or use calming scents like lavender to help you sleep. You won’t ever again have to dread someone asking, “What’s that smell?”

2. Bluetooth Speaker

Music helps set a mood, whether you’re trying to amp up or wind down. A Bluetooth speaker provides maximum listening pleasure without taking up a lot of space.

3. Big Table

A big table is a great addition to any student apartment. It gives you a workspace for spreading out books, notebooks, and other essential tools when studying, and it also doubles (triples?) as a spot to eat meals and play board and card games.

4. Fun Shower Curtain

You need a shower curtain, so why not make it fun? Brighten those early mornings with a whimsical shower curtain that makes you smile. Whether you’re into pirates or otters or you just want some fun and funky colors, there are plenty of options out there.

5. Quirky Clock

Keeping track of time is essential in college, but you can make it fun. Find an unusual wall clock that doubles as a piece of art, and you can check off the “form” and “function” boxes with one item.

6. Noise-Canceling Headphones

Everyone needs a little quiet time, and noise-canceling headphones can provide it on demand. These devices are especially important if you have roommates who aren’t in the mood to play the quiet game on the night before your big test.

7. Furniture That Doubles as Storage

Ottomans with removable lids and benches and coffee tables with hidden spaces all come in handy when you’re trying to live large in a small space. These furnishings keep your apartment tidy and organized, and you always have a place to put things you’re not using — and to hide some clutter when last-minute guests are on the way.

8. Robot Vacuum

So, maybe it’s not the kind of robot you dreamed about as a kid, but a robot vacuum is way cooler than lugging out the old upright. Plus, it obviously saves you time and effort when you’re keeping a busy schedule.

9. String Lights

String lights can create a certain look for your space, whether you want that look to be fun and party-friendly or clean and simple. Of course, they also add extra light and can fit into small spaces. Frame them around the corners of a room; drape them over artwork; or loop them through hooks for a casually messy look.

10. Dry Erase Board

These boards are staples in every office, but they’re also great for apartment organization. Not only can you use them to make notes and grocery lists for yourself — laundry tonight! — but you can also communicate with roommates you rarely see and drill yourself on schoolwork while saving trees.

When you’re ready to set up your student apartment, CORT Furniture Rental can help with special student packages designed to make the process as easy as possible. Furnish your entire apartment or a single room with a few clicks.