The Dorm Grocery List Every College Student Needs

Grocery shopping can be overwhelming when you have to do it for yourself! College is usually the time when you have to start grocery shopping for yourself.  Even if you have a meal plan, chances are you’re going to get sick of it and want to make your own food.

Here’s a grocery list that’ll help you buy food to make easy, healthy-ish meals.


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!! Eggs are a great, easy and healthy option.

Get English muffins to make breakfast sandwiches.

Oatmeal with fruit is always a good bet.

Pancake mix for Sunday morning breakfast.

Peanut butter and banana toast or a bagel and cream cheese require minimal effort.

Cereal and fruit is the easiest option if you’re bad at cooking!


Sandwiches are a good option for lunch because they’re easy to make, easy to carry and can be done a million different ways. Start with buying bread and figure out what sandwich you like. PB&J? Ham and cheese? The possibilities are endless and relatively simple to make.

If you don’t like sandwiches, pre-made salads are an easy, on the go option; or leftover pasta from the night before works too!


Pasta, ramen or mac and cheese are the easiest to make.

A frozen pizza that you can pop in the oven to save money on delivery.

If you want something healthier, frozen vegetables that you pop in the microwave and grilled chicken is an easy and safe bet.


Snacks are the best part!  Goldfish, popcorn, nuts, trail mix, cheese and crackers are all easy and taste good.

Fruit!!! Buy your favorite fruit to have some healthy snack options to munch on. Apples, bananas, grapes or berries are all good options.

Protein or granola bars are great for on the go.


First and foremost WATER. You’ll always need water.

Milk or Almond milk for your coffee and cereal.

Coffee or k-pods.

Soda for a boost of energy or sparkling water if you like that!

Orange or apple juice for the morning.

Frozen fruit for protein smoothies.

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