Dorm Room Grocery List

This dorm room grocery list will help you navigate the grocery aisles for healthy food you can prep in your dorm room.

Clean Eating Dorm Room Grocery List

What do you buy at the grocery store when space is at a premium and your roommate is likely to eat anything in sight?

Most roomies, unless they are totally into healthy living, seem to survive on all the junk food they can find. So chances are that if you buy healthier foods, they might actually be safe (roommate rules notwithstanding). But it can be hard to know what to buy to keep your meals interesting, and with a fridge that small, you have to learn how to not only shop for 1, but maybe even shop for 1/2. So here’s a clean eating dorm room grocery list to get you started. Change it to suit your needs!


  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange (save the zest!)
  • 1 lemon (save the zest!)
  • 2 limes (save the zest!)
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 small bag fresh spinach
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 small package fresh berries
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes


  • 1 quart organic, pastured milk
  • 1 small block whole-fat cheddar cheese


  • 1/2 dozen eggs
  • 1 rotisserie chicken (pre-cooked, read the ingredients!) – This breaks down pretty well when you disassemble it and discard what you can’t eat.
  • Small container plain Greek yogurt


  • 1/4 – 1/2 lb. whole wheat pastry flour (for pancakes!)
  • 1 small package brown rice
  • 1 small package quinoa
  • 1 package clean tortillas
  • 1 loaf clean, whole grain bread


  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Dill – for fish and making ranch dressing
  • Small jar yellow mustard
  • Small bottle of balsamic vinegar
  • Popcorn kernels – Not the packaged ones. Buy the jar and pour about 2 tbsp. into a small, brown paper lunch bag. Pop in the microwave.
  • Small jar of clean salsa
  • 1 can of clean, refried beans
  • 1 can of clean, black beans
  • 1 small jar clean peanut butter


  • 1 or 2 gallon jug distilled water (doubles for appliances that need water)
  • Tea of any variety (just check the ingredients to make sure it’s clean!)

Also, scout out your campus so you know where healthier foods are located. A chicken salad from the cafeteria with your own, clean dressing can be a wonderful meal.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other ideas!

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  1. Erena DiGonis says:

    This is such a great guideline for young people heading to school soon! It’s overwhelming enough getting settled at college, and having to do the grocery shopping on (usually) a tight budget and limited space can be a daunting task. Thanks so much for the great post!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erena – My pleasure! I hope it’s useful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love this!! thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rhiannon – My pleasure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Great list! Unfortunately, we can’t have microwaves in the dorms at my school, and my room is about as far away from the kitchen as it can get, so it’s hard to prepare food in my room. I usually just keep snacks and fruit. I can have a pot that boils water, though. Any suggestions for things to make with that, besides oatmeal and tea?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Chloe – Let me see if I can come up with anything.

  4. Are there certain brains that you recommend for clean tortillas and whole wheat bread?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Katie – You mean brands? Whole Foods has organic, clean, corn tortillas. As for bread, the two brands I usually recommend are Ezekiel breads and the Alvarado Street Bakery brand.

  5. Are therer certain brands of clean peanut butter you reccomend? And cheese?