Much like fashion, when it comes to back-to-school shopping, one size/list/guide does not fit all. While there are certain things every college student needs, where you go to school is a big factor if what you should get. 

That is why CollegeFashionista has put out not one but three different guides to steer you in the right direction of what you need to get before heading back to campus. Check back all this week to find the guide that best fits your campus life.

First up—a guide for all of you who attend colleges or universities in major cities. Whether the Big Apple or the Windy City, these students are one-part student, one-part city-dweller.

See our picks for the best back-to-school necessities for the urban college Fashionista/o.


1. Backpack

Rebecca Minkoff Backpack

2. Dorm room décor

Urban Outfitters Room Decor

3. Laundry bag

Laundry Bag

4. Headphones

Cool headphones

5. Bedding


6. Throw pillows

Magical Thinking Pillow

7. Rug

Faux fur rug

8. Coffee mug

Coffee Mug

9. Skyline art


10. Coffee table book

Wind down yoga book