It’s that time of year again when students, young and not quite as young, start to head back to school. At T3 many of us attended schools and universities, and some of us did so recently enough to remember what it’s like to have to find the money either for your own stuff, or for your little people.
As always, as deal hunters extraordinaire, our job is to find you the best prices we possibly can on anything you need to head back to school. That might be the best kids bags, or it could be a shiny new computer with a big discount to help you study and maybe even destroy some demons playing Doom in your downtime.
If you don’t know what you want, then check out Amazon's back to school store (opens in new tab), see what Argos has to offer in its back to school offers (opens in new tab). There’s also a whole host of great stuff on John Lewis’ (opens in new tab) site for everything you might need.
For younger children
Check out our guide to the best backpacks and laptop bags for all ages.
🐉 (opens in new tab)Jurassic World Kids Backpack - £14.95 @Amazon (opens in new tab)🐉
🐕Paw Patrol Kids Chase Marshall backpack - £13.95 @Amazon (opens in new tab)🐕
🕹Soda Squad 22L gamer backpack - £20 @Argos (opens in new tab)🕹
🐶Hey Duggee 6L backpack - £15.00 @Argos (opens in new tab)🐶
Children wear through uniforms at speeds that are truly astonishing, save some money on kit, because you’ll be buying lots of it.
👖Trousers - from £7 @Argos (opens in new tab)👖
👗Skirts - from £6 @Argos (opens in new tab)👗
👞Shoes for boys - from £3 @Argos (opens in new tab)👞
👟Shoes for girls - from £2.40 @Argos (opens in new tab)👟
If your kids are taking their own lunch to school, here are some great options. We’ve got loads of adult picks in best water bottles and best gym water bottles, but sometimes you just need a dinosaur or a unicorn to cheer things up a little.
🦄HeavenlyUnicorns children's water bottle - was £14.00 now £11.99 @Amazon (opens in new tab)🐉
🌊Jurassic World black water bottle - only £6 @Argos (opens in new tab)🌊
🐛Zak Bugs & Surfboards Bottle Twin Pack - only £8 @Argos (opens in new tab)🏄♀️
🧱LEGO Ninjago insulated lunch bag - £11.79 @Amazon (opens in new tab)🧱
🥪Zak Xbox Lunch Bag And Bottle Set - £14 @Argos (opens in new tab)🥪
For college and uni students
🎧Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones - Save over £80, now £202.95 (opens in new tab)🎧
🗣Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II - Save 57% now £130 @OnBuy (opens in new tab)🗣
👂Apple AirPods - Save £34 now £124.99 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)👂
Laptops, iPads and Chromebooks for students
These days students need a laptop. There is a dizzing array and we’ve got guides for the best student laptops, best chromebooks, best laptops under £500 and best laptops in general. For many, a tablet is also an option for taking notes and working while out and about, our guide to best tablets has loads of suggestions.
💻ASUS VivoBook Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, Windows 10 - £329.99 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)💻
🍎Apple MacBook Pro 2020 with Apple M1 processor - £1,129.97 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)🍏
📑Microsoft Surface Go 2 4GB RAM, 54GB SSD - £399 @John Lewis (opens in new tab)📑
🍏Apple iPad Pro 11" 128GB 3rd Gen - Space Grey - £734.97 @Laptops Direct (opens in new tab)🍎
💻HP Pavilion 14 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD - only £399 @Currys (opens in new tab)💻
Best deals on 5G SIM only tariffs
Your parents are going to want you to call. Or at least text. Plus, with the best SIM Only deals you can pick up unlimited 5G data in cities. Ideal for Uni students who want to sit in the park and work.
Best mattress toppers
You’re going to pay a lot of money for a bedroom either in halls, or a shared house. Someone else will have slept on the mattress, get a topper to avoid sharing the exact surface someone else drooled on. We’ve got a great guide to the best mattress toppers too.
🛏Airstream Slumberdown 4.5cm Cold Foam Mattress Topper - save 62% now £35.99 @Wayfair (opens in new tab)🛏
💤Silentnight Impres 2.5cm memory foam mattress topper - save 33% now £51.99 @Wayfair (opens in new tab)💤
Best desks for uni and college students
For young students the idea of being hunched over a laptop sitting on a bed probably isn’t too mortifying. But let us assure you, these contortions can haunt you in later life, so if a desk isn’t provided you’ll want to get one. Perhaps check our best gaming desks (you don’t have to use them just for gaming) and best standing desks.
💻IBUYKE Computer Desk - save 6%, just £29.99 @Amazon (opens in new tab)💻
🎮Furmax large Gaming Desk 140 cm - save 7% now just £134.99 @Amazon (opens in new tab)🎮
☕Habitat Trestle Table Office Desk - now £70 @Argos (opens in new tab)☕
⌨John Lewis Anyday box desk - now only £59.00 @John Lewis (opens in new tab)⌨