Going to college can mean lots of extra costs, such as travel expenses and textbooks. A good quality college bag is a must-have, however, sometimes there isn’t much money left over to buy one.
This stylish and lightweight tote bag is a perfect college bag for those not needing to take much into college.
iTHINK brings you 10 great college bag options for students that won’t break the bank.
BONTHEE Canvas Tote Bag
This stylish tote bag is perfect for adding style to your college commute. It is extremely durable, and the canvas exterior of the bag is environmentally friendly. Another plus is that the bag is scratch proof and water-resistant.
The bag has a padded laptop compartment that fits laptops up to 13.3 inches, so you can be safe in the knowledge that your laptop will not get any water damage should it be raining. The bag is closed by zip for added security for your belongings.
There are three ways to carry this bag – you can use it as a shoulder bag, a tote bag or a crossbody bag due to the adjustable shoulder strap. The bag comes in a variety of colours, from black to green.
S.C. has reviewed the bag and says:
‘I also like the options for carrying it. The smaller handles also fit through my arm, so I can opt to carry it tucked under my armpit if I wanted to. I haven’t tried the sling strap it comes with, but the quality of the clips look good. Definitely not flimsy, unlike other bags I’ve purchased in the past.’
You can purchase this bag from Amazon for £23.99.
MATEIN Travel Laptop Backpack
This college bag is great for those wanting to bring their laptop to college, as it possesses a padded laptop sleeve. It can fit laptops and electronic devices less than 17 inches. The different compartments and pockets are perfect for all your college essentials, like books and pens.
It also has a USB port design with a built-in in charging cable. This is a convenient option to charge your electronic devices.
As the bag description explains: ‘Just connect your power bank to the internal cable, then let your charging cable insert the USB port to connect your device.’
The bag is made of durable polyester fabric, meaning the material is breathable and comfortable. It has the ability to carry all of your heavy belongings, with a sponge mesh strap design that adds to your comfort.
Due to the design, the bag is not easy to open by strangers, therefore you can be confident in the knowledge that your belongings are safe.
You can purchase this bag from Amazon for £29.99, compared to the recommended retail price of £49.99.
Lvtree Tote Shoulder Bag
This college bag boasts a beautiful floral pattern. It is wrinkle-free and easy to clean. It is on the smaller side and wouldn’t be able to fit both a laptop and your books – however, this may not be a problem for you, as not everyone likes to take their laptop to college.
As the product description reads ‘the zipper ensures that your bag will be easy to zip open and close even when stretched to maximum capacity. Your belongings stay secure with a zipper that extends across the entire top of the bag.
Also, the bag is ‘Compact and lightweight, perfect for taking to work or anywhere. Two Short Handles allow you to quickly pick up and go.’
The bag has many positive reviews, for example, Janey Smith states ‘I’m really pleased with this bag. Waterproof, soft, good strong zips, pretty lining, roomy, great for putting on the shoulder, secure with zipped front pocket.’
You can purchase this bag from Amazon for the great price of £11.39.
The Mens Animal Prelude 20L Backpack in Wine
If you are looking for even better for value for money you can’t go wrong with this stylish backpack. It is made by the brand Animal, with a woven brand patch sewn onto the bag. The material is polyester and the dimensions of the bag are W30cm x H41cm x D14cm.
It has an internal zip pocket for security and it is able to hold 20 litres of weight. The padded shoulder straps ensure comfort for carrying all of your heavy textbooks around.
This bag boasts great reviews on Trustpilot and at £10.00 you can’t go wrong!
You can purchase this bag from Ann’s Cottage online store.
Puma Phase Backpack in Black
This backpack is perfect for the sporty ones! It is stylish, boasting the PUMA logo, and is made from durable woven fabric. It has external pockets to separate your belongings, and a grab handle, making it easy for you on the go.
The ergonomic back and straps make the backpack extremely comfy to wear. As the product description states, it is ‘For all-day-everyday ease.’ This is the type of backpack that will last you years – it could even become your university or gym bag!
You can purchase this bag for £15.00 from ASOS.
Estarer Men’s Laptop Bag
This bag is a smart solution for those wanting to bring their laptop into college to make their notes.
It is 15 -15.6 inches, meaning its perfect for most Apple MacBook’s, Lenovo ThinkPad, Microsoft Surface Book 2 and Dell XPS, Inspiron and Latitude. It’s also a perfect fit for Acer gaming laptops for those of you that don’t have studying on your mind!
The bag is made from water-resistant and durable canvas. Also, as the product description states ‘We reinforced the loop zippers to offer quicker and easier one finger operation based on consumer feedback.’
There are multi compartments in this bag, with a large main compartment for books and A4 size binders and folders. It is a bag designed for comfort, with a padded shoulder strap that is able to be adjusted to the size you require. It has an easy grab handle for convenience, and it also has a handy anti-theft passport pocket!
This bag has had plenty of positive feedback from its customers. For example, John Legg states that he ‘Absolutely love this bag,’ and ‘The amount of pockets and zips you have is great, especially the two on the front which becomes very useful if you’re on the way to college like me and need your train ticket and essentials in easy reach.’
This bag can be purchased from Amazon at the price of £32.99, compared to the recommended retail price of £61.99.
JEMIA – Canvas Zipper Tote Bag with Striped Colour
This stylish and lightweight tote bag is a perfect college bag for those not needing to take much into
It comes in two sizes and has two colour options – a combination of pink&white&blue or white&blue&black.
The outer material is canvas, and it is water-resistant in order to protect your belongings.
An Amazon reviewer rated it five stars and commented ‘What I like is that I’ve bought similar bags off other sellers but this bag has a better finish to it, I’m really pleased with it and the zip closing the bag looks a strong one. Great size bag.’
You can buy this bag from Amazon for £9.99.
Wynsors Pattern Canvas Backpack
This pretty backpack is ideal for college students. It has an eye-catching design of daisies with a blue background. It can fit A4 folders and textbooks and smaller laptops.
You can buy this backpack from the Wynsors website for £10.00.
COOLLL Nylon Student Backpack
As the product description reads ‘This lightweight classic backpack holds all of your essentials and more.’ Also, ‘The lightweight backpack is made of durable water-resistant Polyester. Featuring its classic silhouette, the convenient and comfortable pack is great for everyday use.’
It has plenty of choice of colours from black, red, multi-coloured and khaki. You can
purchase this bag from Amazon for £9.91.
Vektenxi Three-Piece Backpack
This is a really great, practical college bag! It is made from cotton and is water-resistant. The inner structure of the main bag has a laminated zipper pocket to protect your important assignments and essays. It is big enough to bring your laptop into college too.
The two smaller bags can be used to hold things like your wallet or purse, medication, important documents and much more. The smaller bags can be carried separately or put into the main bag.
This bag can be purchased from Amazon for the low price of £7.54 – for three bags that is fantastic value!
There you have it, our list of some of the best college bags money can buy and perfect for a college student budget. We hope you do find the bag you’re looking for!
Hello! I’m Jodie and I have recently graduated from the University of Winchester with a Master’s degree in English Literature. I’m particularly interested in writing and talking about true crime. In my spare time, I enjoy writing short stories, reading, and travelling.
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