Best Student Deals: Where to find the best back to school offers

Best Student Deals: Navigate your way through the back to school season with our handy collection of the best student deals and discounts.

Just when you’re getting into the swing of this whole “summer holiday” thing, you realise that September is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing: the back to school season is upon us. Yes, time to put away the paddling pool and get ready for a new school year.

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Of course, the back to school season doesn’t need to be anywhere near as dreadful as its name implies. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to scope out some fantastic deals on laptops, tablets, headphones and more.

If you want a more detailed guide over which laptops best suit the student lifestyle, then you might want to check out our recently updated list for the Best Student Laptops.

Being a student also affords you several substantial discounts across certain retailers and streaming services. For instance, did you know that students can subscribe to a year of Amazon Prime for only £39? That’s an insane deal when you consider that it includes next day delivery and access to the growing library of content on Prime Video.

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Prices were correct at time of publication but are subject to change. We recommend snapping any deals up before they go.

Best Student SIM-Only Deals

Is there anything more important to a student than their phone? A laptop should technically be the answer but let’s face it, smartphones rule the roost here. Luckily for students, there are several mobile phone networks with student-exclusive discounts – getting you the same great service for a more cost-effective price.

Best Student SIM-Only Deals

Three SIM – 30GB, All-you-can-eat minutes and texts (Student Exclusive)

For only £17pm, Three's 30GB SIM is the most cost-effective network contract that students can sign up for. The full 30GB can also be used as a hotspot for when working on the go.

Three SIM – 12GB, All-you-can-eat minutes and texts (Student Exclusive)

While not as cost-effective as the 30GB deal, this is still a fantastic choice for students who want to save money on their SIM contract.

Virgin Media SIM – 6GB, 2500 minutes and unlimited texts

Virgin Media is currently offering double the data on this £10pm SIM, granting you a slick 6GB that is more than enough to cover a month's worth of social media antics.

Virgin Media SIM – 30GB, 2500 minutes and unlimited texts

Sometime's the search for a Wi-Fi spot just isn't worth it. With 30GB of data to carry around in your pocket each month, you'll never have to worry about Wi-Fi again (within reason of course).

Best Student Laptop Deals

Unless you’re looking to spend all of your time playing high-end video games with the settings maxed out, there’s no reason to spend a fortune on a new laptop for your studies. There are plenty of entry-level laptops out there that are great for working and streaming which don’t compromise on speed.

Best Student Laptop Deals

ASUS VivoBook E203 11.6" 32GB

No frills and no fuss – the VivoBook is a great entry-level laptop for just the basics and it comes with a year's subscription to Office 365.

HP 14-bs057sa 14" Laptop – 1 TB HDD

For the 1TB HDD alone, this HP laptop is already a bargain. No need for additional storage here.

Lenovo IdeaPad 320S 15.6 Inch 4GB RAM – 1TB Laptop

A great choice if you're after an inexpensive laptop with a larger screen.

Acer Swift 3 14 Inch i3 4GB RAM – 128GB

With an all-metal body and a backlit keyboard, the Acer Swift 3 betrays its price point by looking far more expensive that it actually is.

Student Discounts on Laptops

Aside from the deals featured above, several companies offer savings on laptops and other devices exclusively for students. The two main culprits are Apple and Microsoft, which offer up to 10% off on a selection of their latest products. It’s worth noting however that Apple is currently offering a free pair of Beats headphones with any eligible purchase made through the company’s student discount system – a fantastic deal if you have your heart set on Apple hardware anyway.

Student Discount Laptops

Apple – Up to 10% off MacBooks and iPads (with free Beats headphones)

Not only is Apple offering a student discount of up to 10% on eligible MacBooks and iPads but the company will also throw in a free pair of Beats headphones if you buy a Mac or iPad Pro.

Microsoft – 10% off select Surface devices/accessories and PCs

While Microsoft's Student Discount doesn't include any freebies, its 10% discount also applies to devices and accessories – definitely the better option if you're after multiple products.

Lenovo – Up to 20% off on Lenovo laptops

If you sign in to Lenovo's online store as a registered student then you can enjoy a saving of up to 20% anytime you buy a laptop or accessory through the website.

Dell – Up to 20% off on Dell products (plus discounts on XPS and Alienware monitors)

Dell's 'Advantage for Students' programme ecompasses a wide range of discounts including 20% on Dell products and 10% on specific monitors and projectors.

Asus – Up to 15% discounts on orders through online store

Students can save up to 15% on their orders when shopping through Asus' online store. The discount applies to laptops, tablets and phones.

Samsung – Save an extra 15% on tablet and laptop orders

Samsung fans rejoice, students and teachers can enjoy a cheeky saving of 15% when shopping through the company's online shop.

Best Student Tablet Deals

Tablets have come a long way since the early days of the first iPad, and many can now be used as genuine alternatives to laptops. Adopting a tablet as your main work device does come with a few additional benefits including better portability and battery life, but often at the expense of onboard memory.

Best Student Tablet Deals

Apple iPad Mini 4 128GB

The latest iteration of Apple's iPad Mini series can now be had with a slick discount of £47, making this tablet a steal at just under £300. Plus, 128GB will tide you over for ages.

Apple iPad 9.7" 32GB with Apple Pencil

Capitalising on the fact that the iPad 9.7" now supports the Apple Pencil, this bundle includes both for the low price of just £314.99. A perfect option for anyone studying art or graphics design.

Microsoft Surface Go 10-Inch Tablet-PC with Type Cover

The recently released Surface Go tablet-PC is a fantastic entry-level hybrid that's affordable, stylish and perfect for students. It's not the most powerful tablet around but it's portability is unparalleled.

Microsoft Surface Go 64GB with Type Cover & Office 365 Bundle

The same great bundle as above but this one includes a year's subscription to Office 365 – an essential piece of software for any student.

Lenovo Tab 4 Plus FHD 16GB Tablet – White

With a 10 inch screen and a full HD display, the Lenovo Tab 4 Plus is a fantastic option for watching films and TV shows on the go (once your homework is out of the way of course).

Huawei MediaPad T3 9.6" 16GB – Grey

A cheap and cheerful tablet running Android 7 and boasting an impressive battery life of up to 18 hours. Not bad when you consider that you can get £20 off the asking price when buying through AO.

Best Student Headphone Deals

For many of us, our student days are best defined by the music we listened to, so why settle for a crummy set of headphones? You owe it to yourself to get the most out of your tunes through a great set of either wired or wireless headphones, just let us take care of finding you the best price possible.

Best Student Headphone Deals

Sony MDRZX310 Foldable Headphones - Metallic Black

One of the best reviewed headphones on Amazon can now be had for only £14.99, that's £10 less than the RRP.

AKG Y50BTBLK Portable Foldable Bluetooth Headphones (with £5 Argos voucher)

AKG is known for producing high-quality headphones but with a saving of £90.99, there's just no competition. Good luck finding another premium pair of wireless headphones around the same price. Any spend over £50 will also nab you a £5 Argos voucher – sorted.

Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series I) Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling - Black

If you can stomach the QuietComfort 35's higher price point then you're in for a treat with some of the best noise-cancelling technology around.

Best Student Bluetooth Speaker Deals

When the homework’s done and the sun goes down, who says you can’t have a little fun? Time to get the whole dorm moving with these fantastic Bluetooth speakers.

JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker - Grey

Don't be fooled, the JBL Clip 2's small design packs a serious punch and can now be had for its cheapest price yet on Amazon.

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 Bluetooth Speaker (with a three-month subscription to Deezer Premium)

Not only is there a £75 saving to be had for the BOOM 2 through Currys, but it also comes with a two-year warranty a three-month subscription to Deezer Premium.

JBL Xtreme Wireless Speaker - Red

Get ready to be blown away – the JBL Xtreme's bass will hit you like no one's business. Though still impressive, the release of the Xtreme 2 has made the original much more affordable.

Best Student Streaming Deals (Spotify, Amazon Prime, etc.)

It can’t all be about work, right? Sometimes you just need to kick back and listen to your favourite song for the billionth time (hey, it might be cool someday). One of the best parts about being a student is that you can get access to most of the major streaming services for a significantly reduced price. Take Amazon Prime for instance, the traditional yearly fee is £79 but students can have it all the same for just £39.

Best Student Streaming Deals

Apple Music – 50% off (Student Exclusive)

If you swear by Apple products then Apple Music is definitely the one to go for over Spotify, Deezer and TIDAL.

Spotify Premium – 50% off (Student Exclusive)

The grandaddy of the music streaming scene offers a 50% discount to students – a massive bargain.

Prime Student – Save £40 (Student Exclusive)

Even at its full price, Amazon Prime is a great offer for what's included. Getting next-day delivery and tons of movies and TV shows for £40 less just makes it even better.

Deezer Premium – 50% off (Student Exclusive)

For those who crave a truly diverse and bountiful selection of music from their streaming service, Deezer is the one for you.

TIDAL Premium – 50% off (Student Exclusive)

While it might not be as popular as the other services listed here, TIDAL does benefit from having a lot of great exclusive music.

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