The calendar still may claim that it’s summer, but try telling that to the millions of college students trudging back to campus for the start of another school year—assuming classes haven’t begun already. The return of lectures, cram sessions, and midterms aren’t the only things students have to look forward to, though—there’s also a return to dorm life, your home away from home, and the chance to put your own personal touch on the place where you’ll do all that studying (and partying) the next nine months.
Looking for ways to trick out your on- or off-campus crib? We’ve looked through an array of gadgets with an eye toward two features—something compact enough to fit in the less-than-spacious confines of a dorm room and something that won’t bust a student-sized budget. With these devices, you can stream movies and TV, rock out to your favorite jams, consume cold beverages responsibly, and keep your devices charged on the go—for all those late-night study sessions, of course.