The 32 Best Back-to-School Essentials from Urban Outfitters
As much as it *hurts* to say goodbye to summer, there's nothing like back-to-school shopping to get you psyched for a fresh start to another school year. When it comes to where to shop, there's always Target and Office Depot. But if you're looking for home and school supplies with an eclectic and quirky flair, be sure to check out Urban Outfitters for the most on-trend essentials. Scroll on for all our top picks and get ready for the best year yet.
1. Urban Outfitters Seven-Piece Color Pop Cookware Set ($69): This vibrant aluminum cookware set is all you need to whip up tasty and affordable meals this school year. And thanks to these guys, you won’t feel as homesick for your favorite homemade dishes!
2. Urban Outfitters Petite Point Gel Pen Set ($16, set of 12): If precise coloring does it for ya, pick up these super fine-tipped gel pens. Intended for highly detailed coloring book illustrations, there's no doubt that these amazing gel pens will contribute to some crazy colorful and neat notes.
3. Urban Outfitters Filament Journal ($12): Jot down important class notes in this one-of-a-kind journal. You’ll definitely stand out in a sea of basic notebooks with a print as unique as this.
4. Urban Outfitters Ceramic Food Storage Bowl Set ($34, set of four): Add this set of four storage bowls to your kitchenware to make sure nothing goes to waste. Complete with clear lids, these ceramic bowls are great for storing leftovers in your mini fridge or packing lunch.
5. Urban Outfitters Melembe Shibori Tapestry ($59): Channel those boho vibes with this gorgeous dyed tapestry. It’s perfect for sprucing up a bare wall or even acting as a room divider if needed.
6. Urban Outfitters Mesa Soft Dye Jersey Duvet Cover ($119+): A good night’s rest is crucial to performing well in school. So make sure catching z’s won’t be a problem with this ultra comfy cotton duvet cover in a gorgeous dyed design.
7. Urban Outfitters Fleur-de-Lys Glass Jar ($16): This versatile glass jar with a textured fleur-de-lys motif makes the ideal container for holding all your bathroom or vanity necessities. The pop of purple keeps things interesting and will definitely brighten up any space.
8. Contigo Purity Glass Water Bottle ($18): Made of glass, stainless steel and food-grade silicone, this water bottle is a must-have for keeping you hydrated between and during your classes. Its stainless steel strap and durable silicone sleeve also make it easy to grip and carry.
9. Urban Outfitters Fried Egg Cutting Board ($29): Crafted from natural Rubberwood, this fun, egg-shaped cutting board is just right for the foodie in you. It even comes with a tie-top so you can hang it from your kitchen wall or drawer knob when not in use.
10. Urban Outfitters Good Vibes Tufted Bath Mat ($34): You don’t need to tolerate freezing bathroom tiles in the morning or risk slipping after a shower, thanks to this trusty bath mat. Featuring a cute tufted “Good Vibes” design, there’s *almost* no way you can say no to that.
11. Urban Outfitters Bendi Jewelry Organizer ($29): Avoid clutter and potentially losing your favorite jewelry items with this metal organizer. Store and display necklaces, earrings and bracelets on its unique wave-like design.
12. Urban Outfitters Black + White Grid Hamper ($39): Give your hamper a mod-inspired look with this black and white grid design. It even features two handles that fold down, which makes hauling your load to the laundry machine a cinch.
13. Urban Outfitters Blue Marble Keyboard Cover ($12): Give your laptop a stylish makeover with this blue marble-inspired keyboard cover. Made of silicone, the flexible cover is easy to remove and wipe clean.
14. Urban Outfitters Bluetooth Speaker String Lights ($50): Great for late-night get-togethers, these Bluetooth-compatible string lights will let you play your favorite songs all night long. You can even bring them outdoors for any porchside/patio brunch session.
15. Urban Outfitters Cactus Cork Desk Organizer ($15): Spruce up *and* tidy your desk with this plant + organizer hybrid. It comes with push pins for you to tack on photos, notes, accessories and more!
16. Urban Outfitters Copper Wire Shelf ($44): If affordability is your utmost priority when it comes to furniture, that might mean you’re working with a desk without actual means of storage. On the other hand, you could just be running short on space, so stock up on storage space with this wire shelf you can simply slide onto any desk or bookshelf.
17. Urban Outfitters Dry Erase Memo Elephant ($26): Channel the impressive memory of elephants with this cute dry erase memo elephant figurine. It comes with a black marker, but feel free to brighten it up with a set of colored dry erase markers.
18. Urban Outfitters Geo Shelf ($89): Modern meets rustic in this unique geometric shelf. You can store your textbooks and school supplies in this fun and functional design piece that *totally* speaks to your experimental side.
19. Urban Outfitters Kitty Tape Dispenser ($16): Put a fun spin on this workspace essential with this cute antique-inspired cat tape dispenser. For a decorative flair, you can even trade out the cellophane tape for washi tape once you use it all up.
20. Urban Outfitters Marble Journal ($12): Modern and minimalist are what this journal is all about. If you’re into the simple and understated look, use this notebook to jot down all your important class notes.
21. Urban Outfitters Marble Swirl Utensil Set ($20, set of 12): Give a pretty marbled effect to your kitchen essentials with this set of marbled swirl utensils. Because it comes with four sets of each utensil, you can even split them and the cost between you and your roommates.
22. Urban Outfitters Mini Refrigerator ($149): A mini fridge is a must-have for all you dormers. Give the dorm essential a personalized flair by getting this retro-inspired one.
23. Urban Outfitters Oh Snap Leather Journal ($24): This leather-bound blank journal includes a soft fabric interior with a mini pocket and pencil holder. Perfect for jotting down everything from your class schedule to your *feelings*, this multi-purpose journal is the one you’ll want for when you go back to school.
24. Urban Outfitters Paddywax Concrete Candle ($14): Available in sea salt + sage, amber + smoke and tobacco + patchouli, this soy wax blend candle is the one to amp up the ambiance in your home. It doesn’t hurt that the candles’ concrete and color-dipped design is uber modern-chic.
25. Urban Outfitters Peg Board ($24): Save this handy peg board for yourself or turn it into a communal message board between you and your roommates. Featuring 350 letters, numbers and symbols, this board is well-stocked for any note, message or joke you want to make.
26. Urban Outfitters Penguin Corkscrew Wine Opener ($24): Ladies night isn’t complete without a bottle of wine, so don’t get caught unprepared. Make sure you have this penguin corkscrew wine opener on-hand to pop open all the bottles.
27. Urban Outfitters Pink Moon Portable Power Charger ($26): Never worry about a dying battery again! There will be no more missed calls/texts/emails with this portable pink moon power charger.
28. Urban Outfitters Small Collapsible Bento Box ($16): On that college budget? Save money by packing your lunch in this cute and collapsible bento box.
29. Urban Outfitters Steel Travel Tumbler ($24): Functionality has never looked this good. Take your coffee to go in this sleek stainless steel tumbler for those wake-at-the-crack-of-dawn classes. It comes with triple wall insulation, so you know your coffee will stay hot throughout the morning.
30. Urban Outfitters Tower Toothbrush Holder ($16): Forget a communal toothbrush cup — opt for this more sanitary option instead. With this handy toothbrush holder, your housemates won’t ever accidentally mistake your toothbrush for theirs. Thank goodness!
31. Urban Outfitters Wire Wall Grid ($59): Avoid desktop clutter with this multi-purpose wall hanging. Its modern grid-like design makes it a cinch to clip and display everything from photos to important notes.
32. Urban Outfitters Wireless Panda Speaker ($28): Start your mornings off right by getting ready listening to your favorite playlist on this adorable panda-inspired wireless speaker. Simply connect your speaker to any Bluetooth-compatible device like your smartphone or tablet and jam out!