best televisions for dorm room

Your back-to-school shopping list gets kicked up quite a notch when you finally move out of your parents house and into a much, much smaller space. Getting your dorm room together requires a little extra TLC, but even smaller, or tiny, spaces can be sanctuaries. Set your dorm room up for a year of success… and some show binging in between study sessions. 

Smaller televisions for tighter spaces

You have plenty of brands, models, operating systems, and designs to choose from. Televisions range from under a hundred to just a few hundred, to the thousands. No matter what your budget or needs are, you can be sure to find something that fits just right. Here are some options that would be great for your tiny haven.  

You don’t need a huge screen to enjoy your favourite content. You should always consider the size of the room in relation to the size of the TV you’re going to have. If you’re sitting really close to something, you may want a bit of a more reasonably sized television to preserve the health of your eyes.  

Philips 24" 720p LED Android Smart TVThe  Philips 24″ 720p LED Android Smart TV is perfectly sized for a tinier dorm room (maybe a single or small double), or any small spaces. It offers beautiful detail with a 720p HD resolution. What’s even better is that Google Assistant is built-in and allows you to remotely control the TV, so you can browse for movies, pause and play, and learn about weather or traffic by using your voice. This screen can easily be mounted on a wall to save additional space. And, with two high-speed HDMI inputs, you can connect everything from your computer and gaming console to your cable– making this TV the ideal home entertainment centrepiece.

A few extra inches can go a long way 

Sony 32" 720p LED Smart TVIf a 24-inch TV isn’t going to cut it, and your college budget allows for a bit more bang for your television-buying buck; you may want to consider a solid 32-inch TV for your college movie parties. Something like the Sony 32″ 720p LED Smart TV ideal if your dorm room is a little more homey.

With 720p resolution, this Sony TV lets you experience stunning high definition and X-Reality PRO video processing, refining every picture from top to bottom. Motionflow XR 240 brings superior clarity and precision to fast moving images, making it easier to follow sports and video game action. And it’s extremely easy to synch up to everything else in your dorm. It’s connectivity options include 2 HMDI inputs, 2 USB media ports, an Ethernet port, and integrated Wi-Fi. 

Alternately, the  Toshiba 32″ 720p LED TV lets you experience all the stunning details from movies, games and television shows. Featuring an integrated DTS TruSurround that delivers an immersive sound experience plus a 176-degree viewing angle offers an optimal viewing experience, this is a television that will make your dorm the top spot for entertainment on campus. 

Move on up to bigger and better 

Samsung 43" 4K UHD HDR LED Tizen Smart TVA brighter, bigger screen can change the entire dynamic of a room. If your space allows for it, you could splurge a bit on something even bigger. The Samsung 43″ 4K UHD HDR LED Tizen Smart TV is sleek and can effortlessly mount onto the wall. Enjoy 43”  of vivid Ultra HD LED display screen with 3840 x 2160 resolution. You can take in crystal clear visuals from the comfort of your bed while you easily use the Tizen operating system. The Tizen OS helps you navigate easily between apps like YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, and more. 

The ultimate mini theatre dorm television

Putting a big TV in a small space can give you the feel of a theatre. If you’re a film or video game buff, this is basically your college dream. So, the LG 49″ 4K UHD HDR LED webOS Smart TV is sure to be the perfect ultimate mini theatre dorm experience. The vivid and smooth design of the the LG 49″ 4K Smart TV Smart TV would be perfect for your very own home theatre.

It has ultra high definition, and 2160p resolution that boast brilliant clarity and defining details. You are going to experience stunning and crisp visuals. You can manage TV functions hands-free with your voice using built-in Google Assistant. Or if you prefer Amazon Alexa, she’s available too. It connects effortlessly to Wi-Fi, wired internet, and Bluetooth 5.0. You can easily pair with compatible devices, such as phones, tablets, external speakers and soundbars, laptops, and more. 

Just assess your space, your budget, and decide exactly how you want to enjoy your back to school year. Check out some more of the television options available on Best Buy. For more back to school essentials, be sure to check out Best Buy’s Back to School Guide, as well as tips from our writers on the Best Buy Blog.


Shadi Bozorg
Originally a Vancouverite, Shadi is a freelance writer and social media coordinator now surviving the winters of Toronto. She spends her free time reading, doing creative writing, and trying to make her Fitbit proud. Shadi can also be found in the kitchen as she trains for the next round of Masterchef tryouts.