Back-to-school season is just around the corner. For younger students, that means buying new pens and pencils, a trendy lunchbox and perfect first day of school duds.
For students headed to college, back-to-school shopping is a whole different ballgame.
Collegians need to be outfitted with everything from extra-long twin sheets and a mini-fridge to flip flops for the community shower to futons.
We've set up this guide for incoming Georgetown University and George Washington University students. You won't find a Walmart in our quaint corner of Washington, but we have several smaller stores where you can stock up on essentials.
- CVS, 2819 M St. and 1403 Wisconsin Ave. Office supplies abound at this national chain, including notebooks, pens, pencils and flash drives. You can also buy small wastebaskets, shampoo and ramen noodles here. It's a one-stop shop. Note that the location on M Street does not include a pharmacy, but the Wisconsin Avenue location does.
- cb2, 3307 M St. Looking for a neat accent pillow? Or a set of basic sheets? How about plastic glasses or dorm room flatware? You'll find it at this M Street off-shoot of Crate & Barrel. They also have a pricey futon.
- Glover Park Hardware, 2251 Wisconsin Ave. Travel up to Glover Park, just north of Georgetown, to stock up on small appliances like a mini-fridge. This store is more than just nails and paint. They also sell frames, air fresheners and cleaning supplies — all dorm room essentials.
- Urban Outfitters, 3111 M St. Find the perfect quirky wall clock or goofy coffee table book at this trendy chain. Pick up a pair of flip flops for the community shower, too. The prices here are perfectly suited to a college student's limited budget.
- Safeway, 1855 Wisconsin Ave. Of course Safeway carries all the groceries a college students needs, but it also will help you stock up on paper towels, cooking utensils and even a small potted plant for the window. If you need it, chances are Safeway carries it. And there's a Starbuck's inside the store, to boot.
- Apple, 1229 Wisconsin Ave. The iPad today is what Trapper Keepers were to students in the early 90s. Laptops, iPhones and everything else Apple makes are available here — the only Apple store in DC. Tech experts at the Genius Bar can help you troubleshoot any problem you run into with your gadgets.
- The Container Store, 2800 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, Va. Dorm room decorating is all about maximizing small spaces. Let the organization experts at The Contatiner Store, just over the Potomac River in Arlington, help. Baskets, hangers, filing cabinets and even food storage can be purchased here.