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Going off to college for the first time can be stressful and scary. However, taking a few comforts of home like a new TV with you can make you feel at ease in a new environment.
Furnishing a dorm room or small apartment with a new HD TV can give you some much-needed rest and relaxation on the weekends, or make your room the gathering spot for everyone on your floor. It’s an easy way to make friends when you’re clustered around a TV watching movies or playing video games together.
The things you should be looking for when picking up a new TV for college are size, picture quality and compact build. You’ll need something that’s compact enough to fit in a tiny space without overpowering the rest of the room.
Please note: Be sure to check with your school if students are allowed to bring TVs for their dorm rooms. Every college and university has different rules when it comes to electronics on campus, so to err on the side of caution, please contact your school’s administration. Also, make sure whatever TV you pick actually fits in your given space.
We rounded up the best deals on TVs for dorm rooms or small apartments. These TVs are also the perfect size for kitchens, bedrooms, and guest rooms in your home.
Moving into a really small dorm room or apartment? This 22-inch IPS HD TV from LG might do the trick for you. Since it’s built with a central TV stand, it takes up less space on flat surfaces than traditional units with wider feet. It also features an optimized frame rate that reduces motion blur during live TV sporting events and high-speed action movies.
Shop it: LG Electronics 22-inch IPS LED TV, $119 (was $140), amazon.com
If Roku isn’t your thing, this 24-inch HD TV from Insignia features a built-in Amazon Fire TV. It still has all the streaming apps you’d come to expect, including Netflix, YouTube and HBO Now, as well as Amazon Prime Video to watch TV shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fleabag, The Boys and more.
Plus, if you’re a student, you can take advantage of Amazon Prime Student Edition with discounts on school supplies and textbooks. It’s also a cheaper monthly subscription cost than typical Amazon Prime memberships. Sign up for a free trial here.
Shop it: Insignia 24-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV- Fire TV Edition, $120 (was $150), amazon.com
Coming in at just over 9 pounds, this VIZIO 24-inch HD smart TV is another great value pick with the sheer amount of bells and whistles included for a low sales price of just $114. It’s a smart TV, so it comes with the best streaming channels out there, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and more, while it features two HDMI ports for video game consoles and Blu-ray players. You can even connect your laptop directly via HDMI, so this HD TV can also serve as a gigantic computer monitor too.
Shop it: VIZIO 24-inch Class HD Smart LED TV, $114 (was $138), amazon.com
This TV from Sceptre is a top-quality HD TV that features a back-lit LED display with a 720p resolution. It’s great for compact spaces like dorm rooms or small apartments thanks to its slim design and lightweight build — coming in at just over 9 pounds. It features two HDMI ports and a single USB port for thumb drives.
It’s not a smart TV, so it would be worth picking up a Roku device or Chromecast for video-streaming options. It’s also the least expensive unit on this list, so if you’re looking for a budget-friendly pick, it’s right here.
Shop it: Sceptre 32-inch Class HD LED TV, $80 (was $180), walmart.com
If you’re looking for a compact TV with a built-in streaming device, look no further than this 32-inch HD LED TV from JVC. It comes with Roku included, so there’s no need to pick up another streaming device. You can simply watch the latest and greatest on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and more out-of-the-box. Not bad for $120.
Shop it: JVC 32-inch Class HD Roku Smart LED TV, $120 (was $200), walmart.com
If you want a bigger TV that takes up less space, check out this 32-inch Samsung HD LED TV. It’s built with small spaces in mind, with a slim design and lightweight body — coming in at just over 9 pounds. It’s also wall mount-ready, in case you want to slap this baby on your wall to take up less space on flat surfaces.
Shop it: Samsung Electronics 32-Inch 720p LED TV, $170 (was $180), amazon.com
For just $110, this 32-inch VIZIO HD TV features brilliant video clarity and superb audio. It features two HDMI ports and one USB port for more entertainment options, from streaming devices to your own personal video and music files. It’s a great value and size for compact spaces like dorm rooms and small apartments.
Shop it: VIZIO 32-inch Class HD (720P) LED TV, $110 (was $148), walmart.com
This true HD 32-inch TV from TCL is a real bargain! Not only does it feature an Amazon display with true-to-life colors and deep black levels, this TV is also smart, with the best streaming apps already built-in, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and more. This TV is also really easy to use, with seamless entertainment switching from streaming to cable and live TV to gaming with just a push of a button.
Shop it: TCL 32-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV, $150 (was $190), amazon.com
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest TV with a compact size, this LG HD TV has a release date from earlier this year. It’s the newest TV on this round-up, with the video and audio quality you’d come to expect from LG. It also features two HDMI ports for video streaming devices and gaming consoles, while it’s seriously lightweight — coming in at just over 8 pounds. If you want the latest and greatest on this list, it’s right here.
Shop it: LG 32-inch Class Full HD (720p) TV, $130 (was $150), walmart.com
For only $100, this HD smart TV from Polaroid features dynamic picture and outstanding audio with Dolby clarity in design. It’s a smart TV, so it comes with Netflix, YouTube, Facebook and more built-in, and is also energy-efficient with certification from Energy Star. If you want lower electric bills at the end of the month, this Polaroid TV is a good budget pick.
Shop it: Polaroid 32-inch Class HD Smart LED TV, $100 (was $123), walmart.com
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