The Tech Savvy College Student Back to School Essentials Shopping List

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It’s that time of year again. When incoming college students are busy planning extra curriculars, how exactly they’re going to decorate their dorm, whether or not they will participate in rush and how to get out of any classes before noon. But lets not forget the other important reason we’re heading off to campus in the fall – an education and some of the essentials that will help get the year off on the right track and keep it that way (until spring break at least).  Everyone knows you’re going to need pencils, pens, highlighters, notebooks, a mini fridge etc. With the help of Best Buy we’re looking at what the tech savvy college student might need and we’ve got it all on a list – you will learn to like list, quickly.

photo: Dain Sandoval
photo: Dain Sandoval

Tech Savvy College Student Back to School Essentials Shopping List

Beats by Dr. Dre – Solo 2

Headphones easily make our essential list because they’re for so much more than just listening to music. They allow you to listen to lectures while walking across campus, to study peacefully without disturbing your roomie or vegging out undisturbed on the weekends with some Netflix. We personally like the Beats by Dr. Dre with their stylish colors and known quality. 

SanDisk microSD

At school or at home, our cellphones are our life line. Thanks to products like SanDisk microSD students can get more our of their devices – more overall storage, more music, more photos and a smoother experiences. Capacities range anywhere from 4GB for those who need just a little extra or 200GB for those looking for massive storage.  

Jawbone Up3
Jawbone Up3

An Activity Tracker 

The Freshman 15 isn’t some mythical number to scare the incoming class. The combination of high stress, long study hours and easy access to pizza and fast food can wreck havoc on anyone’s physique. You might think running all over campus would be enough to keep the extra lbs away but what you really need is a workout buddy (a great way to meet someone new) and a way to keep yourself accountable. Check out the difference between the Jawbone UP2 vs UP3, then decide which one is right for you. 

lenovo Horizon

A Tablet

Whether you go big with something like the  Lenovo Horizon 2S 2-in-1 which is ideal for whatever college life throws at you or a more traditional iPad Air, tablets are a great way to save space and money. Not only are tablets relatively cheaper than computers most can handle the needs of a typical college student. Plus tablets open you up to the world of digital ebooks and etext rentals. Not only do these options save you some serious cash, they will save your back too!  


Samsonite Tectonic PFT Laptop Backpack

When I was in school, one of the things that drove me crazy was that there were few backpacks that could actually organize my tech. I wish I had something like the Samsonite Laptop backpack with its laptop and tablet pockets, plus a pocket for headphones and plenty of storage for books, pens and more.

USB Drives 

USBs drives are the perfect way to keep important assignments on you for all of your classes. They’re also a great way to take advantage of your libraries printing services. In addition to the usual SanDisk USBs, you can now find them for iPhone and iPad, and Android. It allows for easy transfer between your phones and tablets to your computer and frees up more space for photos, videos, music and more. 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. 

6 thoughts on “The Tech Savvy College Student Back to School Essentials Shopping List”

  1. I could totally use a new SD card and some of those USB drivers! These are some great ideas for college kids!

  2. I’m helping my sister with her back-to-school shopping for college and love your list. We need to stop by Best Buy to get a new memory card because one thing that I want her to do is to be better about taking a ton of photos while she is in college. I hardly have any photos from when I was in college.


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