Roll Tide! As the buzzing sounds of cicadas die down and the leaves around Tuscaloosa turn crimson, the University of Alabama campus comes to life. Late summer in T-Town means two things — Nick Saban rolling toward another national title and Bama students moving into their dorms. Whether they’re moving into Bryce Lawn or Burke Hall, Fanatics has the officially licensed gear to turn any living area into a den of Crimson Tide fandom.
Blankets and Throws
For many dorm residents, their bed needs to be like a versatile wing-forward on a basketball court — able to excel in a variety of situations. The bed is where students study, watch movies, chat with friends, and, most importantly, sleep. For these reasons, creating a comfortable bed is of utmost importance.
The essential items to create a comfortable bed include a mattress topper, pillows, and blankets. Blankets are key here. The right blanket can feel like a warm hug — exactly what a student needs when they have two papers to write and an exam in the morning. And for those days when the room feels too stuffy, grab an outdoor blanket and some pillows and go lay out in the fresh air on The Quad.
As a study space, entertainment center, dining table, and storage area, the desk plays a vital role in how students function during the school year. The key to getting the most out of desk space is to have a place for everything and put everything in its place.
One way students can maximize their limited desk space is with multifunctional accessories. First up, charge a phone and other accessories with this 3-in-1 charging station. Keep everything juiced up and easy to find for a stress-free morning. Next, a desk organizer has several compartments to store pens, pencils, highlighters, notepads, and any other stationery a student needs when hitting the books.
Get a digital desk clock to access important information without the distractions of a phone. This end zone design digital desk clock displays the time, temperature, and date to help students stay on top of their day. Additionally, the alarm function will help students make it to their first class even if they forget to charge their phones.
More often than not, roommates will have different sleeping and study habits. The overhead lighting in dorms can be harsh and glaring, so for night owls, a good desk lamp is a must. A desk lamp will allow students to read or study late into the night without disturbing roommates who sleep early. In that same line of thinking, a set of nightlights is perfect for navigating a dark room without waking up a roommate.
Finally, the right desk chair will improve a student’s quality of life. Imagine all the hours spent sitting at a desk — reading, writing papers, streaming movies. It’s important for students to have a chair that provides maximum comfort and support. The right desk chair allows a student to focus on their screen rather than on their seat.
Wall Space Decor
Space is limited in a dorm, so students need to maximize what little there is. One way to do this is by utilizing the walls.
Put up this corkboard and have the perfect space to display reminders, pictures, and schedules. Alternatively, hang up a dry-erase board and keep notes or share messages with a roommate. If living with multiple roommates, this chore chalkboard is the perfect way to make sure everyone helps keep the dorm livable. Display it in a common area and keep track of who needs to do what and when. Finally, mount this coat hanger and have a place to keep jackets, hoodies, or even towels easily accessible.
College Essentials Themed Gift Box
Let Fanatics help decorate your dorm, apartment, or office with this Alabama Crimson Tide college themed gift box. It’s filled to the brim with Wincraft by Fanatics products. The box includes one water bottle/tumbler (100% plastic); one Fanatics branded t-shirt (90% cotton 10%polyester); one 12” x 30” Premium Pennant (100% Felt); one 4” x 4” Perfect Cut Decal (100% Vinyl); one Lanyard and Face Cals (Medical-Grade Polyethylene Tape). Each must-have Crimson item was selected to help you focus on school and leave the team gear up to us.
Communal bathrooms and showers are necessary in dorm life. Make shower time more bearable with a pair of slides or garden clogs from Fanatics. These comfortable, sturdy, slip-on clogs will protect feet from the gunk and germs on the shower floors. With a washable surface and air vents all over, these clogs will dry quickly and keep feet safe and fungus-free.
After a shower, dry off with a beach towel. These are great for dorm living for a number of reasons. First, beach towels are thinner than bath towels, making them dry faster and store easier. Second, beach towels are large enough to keep one covered during the walk to and from the shower. Third, the loud and bright patterns of beach towels make them easier to spot in the communal laundry room. Finally, for those moments when a student runs out of clean bed sheets, beach towels make a great substitute. Spread one across the mattress and sleep comfortably.
Dorm Room Decor
Being a Bama student means being part of the Bama family, and this family bleeds crimson and white. Fanatics has the officially licensed goods any student can use to show off their school spirit. One way to show love for the Crimson Tide is with this attractive area rug. Not only will it add decorative flair to any dorm, but it will also keep feet warm and comfortable and aid in noise reduction to keep downstairs neighbors happy. Fanatics has a variety of banners, flags, posters, and signs to make a dorm room the most spirited one on the floor.
Some days, a student leaves their dorm in the morning and may not return until the next day. Going to class, working a job, pulling an all-nighter at the library — some days can be long. Make sure to keep these items on hand to get through the day. Don’t leave the dorm without this Blackout Hydra water bottle. With double-walled insulation, this water bottle will keep drinks hot for six hours or cool for 24 hours. At 34 ounces, the bottle can hold enough liquid to keep one hydrated all day long.
Get a power bank and ensure a charged phone battery throughout the day. When on the go, there’s no guarantee that an outlet will be available to plug in a phone. With a power bank, this is no longer a problem. Finally, rain is a common occurrence in Tuscaloosa. Keep this folding umbrella within reach any time the skies darken. If the umbrella’s wide canopy isn’t enough, keep a poncho at the bottom of a bag and stay dry no matter how much rain falls.
Whether a student prefers the portability of a laptop or the power of a desktop, having the right accessories is a cheat code for university life. Make sure to have a good set of earphones to drown out distractions when it’s time to hit the books. Choose either in-ear pods or over-ear headphones and find peace whenever necessary.
Alternatively, when it’s time to be around friends, be sure to have a portable speaker. A good Bluetooth speaker transforms any space into a party space. From the dorm to The Quad, play music anywhere and relieve the stress from exams and assignments.
When it’s time to get to work, have a computer setup that’s a testament to Alabama fandom. With a wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, and a mousepad all featuring Alabama logos, any workspace becomes a Crimson Tide fan space.
Apparel and Footwear
The storage space in a dorm will be very limited, so it’s important to have clothes that are appropriate for a variety of occasions. From sitting in a lecture to tailgating before a game and hanging out at The Riverwalk, Crimson Tide apparel is perfect for any social function around Tuscaloosa. Shop Fanatics now for officially licensed sports apparel for men and women.
When it’s time to get to class or run errands, slip into a pair of slides or flip-flops for a comfortable walk around campus. And when the day is done, slip into these cozy moccasin slippers. They’re ideal for lounging around the dorm while reading a book, watching a game, or chatting with friends.
Living in the dorms is the best way to be part of a university community. Show love for the Crimson Tide community with the right gear. Fanatics has all the officially licensed sports apparel, sports collectibles, and memorabilia for Alabama Crimson Tide fans in Tuscaloosa and around the world. Roll Tide!