Stock Your Dorm Pantry: Free Printable List!

Although you have may have a meal plan, sometimes you aren’t going to be able to get to the dining halls or even want to eat there. They may have practically any food you could ever think of, but believe it or not there are going to be times when you’re tired of it.


By keeping your room stocked with a variety of foods, you don’t always have to make a trip to the dining hall. All you have to do is open up your mini fridge and in minutes you can have a snack or meal from the comfort of your room.

First, I always found it helpful to keep breakfast items on hand. Getting to the dining hall before an early class can be a challenge and it’s no fun when your stomach starts growling in the middle of a lecture.

A box of cereal or some instant oatmeal are classics. You may even decide to keep some eggs on hand. They cook surprisingly well in the microwave and you can do anything from scrambled eggs to a breakfast burrito depending on how crazy you want to get.

A small bag of tortillas or a loaf of bread were something I always kept in my room. You can make sandwiches and wraps with some cheese and lunch meat or peanut butter and jelly.

The tortillas are also awesome for making quesadillas. All you have to do is top a tortilla with cheese and fold it in half and put it in the microwave. Grab some salsa and tortilla chips and you have yourself a meal.

Having a few cans of soup and some crackers on hand during the winter comes in handy when it snows and the last thing you want to do is leave your warm and cozy room.

I know every college kid is going to want to keep an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables in their room.  They were probably the very first thing on your list, right?

Seriously though, keeping some apples on hand has never been a bad idea and it will definitely make your mom happy. Other fruits to keep on hand are grapes, bananas, strawberries and blueberries.

I love avocado. Not only are they good on their own, but you can also cut one up and throw them on top of just about anything. My personal favorite is the 99 cent microwave burritos I somehow find myself eating more than I would like to admit.

Vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and celery are great because they don’t require any cooking and are great for dipping in ranch and hummus. Potatoes also make for a quick and easy meal. All you have to do is pop one in the microwave then top it with whatever you like.

If space allows, frozen vegetable are a great alternative to the fresh stuff. You can make a meal out of them by adding some instant rice.

One thing to keep in mind when shopping is that storage space in your dorm can be limited. Many of the foods on this list are versatile and can be used to make more than one recipe. Sticking to foods like these will also help you to save money and who doesn’t like to do that?

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