Back-to-School Shopping Deals for College Students

While the thought of “back-to-school” may elicit groans from many, one silver lining of heading back is the great deals for students around this time of year. With a new school year comes new needs (wants…needs…same thing, right?): new school supplies, new planners, and even new technology can serve as helpful motivation to start the school year off right.

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Think of back-to-school shopping as a pre-test before the year officially begins; like each test, it comes with a bit of preparation. Don’t worry too much, though—remember how fun back-to-school shopping felt in your elementary school days? It can be just as enjoyable now. We’ve complied some great back-to-school shopping deals for your convenience below:


If you’re looking for traditional school supplies, this retail giant has got you covered—but they’re also here for you for some of the other necessities. Looking for Bluetooth headphones? A variety of different brands are on sale day-to-day. Wanting a double-walled, stainless-steel water bottle that will keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours as you go from class to class? You can find that on Amazon as well. Be sure to keep an eye on the back-to-school section for electronics, clothing, and other bits of old-fashioned school supplies


Staples has the Less List which contains items that are up to 85% off and include traditional school items and other necessities, such as disinfecting wipes (great for keeping those dorm rooms tidy!) and ear buds. Staples is so committed to having low prices that they’ve implemented the 110% price-match guarantee until mid-September. If you find a lower priced item elsewhere, you can bring it into the store or call the designated number. They can match the lower price and refund you 10% of the difference. That’s extra money for all the other necessities on your list!

Vera Bradley

If you’re going to have to take notes, do it in style. Vera Bradley has a back-to-school section that includes printed backpacks, lunch boxes, and ID cases to store all the printed pens, notepads, and highlighters they also offer. Check out the website to also score dorm room accessories such as blankets and pillows. They even have a section dedicated to college-branded accessories to help you show your school pride. Sales vary from day to day depending on the item, but right now, if you share the deals with a friend, you can receive $15 off your purchase. So, tell a friend and you both benefit!


Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be all pencils and paper. If you are looking for some new tech items, a great place to look is the Verizon back-to-school section. A new fitbit, for instance, can track how far your walks across campus are and help you work off some of that dorm food. This section is continuously being updated, so check back periodically for new deals.

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Your college bookstore

Nothing says back-to-school like a new college hoodie, but there are likely more deals than that to snag at your campus bookstore. College bookstores are full of treasures such as school-logo-branded notebooks and folders, designer planners, and tech necessities like phone cases and chargers. Your school spirit will have you looking forward to your first day of classes for sure! Check your bookstore’s website or social media pages to scope out when the best sales will be.

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