Best Laptop Bags for Busy & Budget-Conscious Students

Busy studying and need the ultimate bag for lugging your laptop from campus to coffeehouse? Try some of these great laptop bags that are perfect for busy students- from practical ones to colourful ones: there’s the perfect laptop bag out there for you!

What is a student laptop bag?

So the main hallmarks of a great student laptop bag are:

  • Durable– a bag that can take all the knocks of student life (as gracefully as you).
  • Versatile – needs to fit crumpled study notes as well as half-eaten cookie (from last week).
  • Stylish – a laptop bag doesn’t always need to be at the cutting edge of fashion, but you’d rather not have the same bag you wore to school when you were 12, right?
  • Reasonably priced – because student budgets are tight!

BRINCH Laptop Backpack

This BRINCH laptop backpack is really roomy and fits up to 17.3” laptops in a separate Velcro pocket, and has another pocket for a tablet (if you’re that lucky). Plenty of space in here for those heavy Tort Law books (or that great comic book you found). This bag is super practical and with all its designated compartments, even the most hectic study days will be a breeze. We loved the side pockets for water bottles (crucial hangover/study rehydration) and there’s even a place to store a mini-umbrella for wet days. And was it to rain you’d be completely protected: the entire laptop bag is water-resistant.

  • Big laptops and techy students
  • People who like to be organised (or need organising)

SOLO Hybrid Briefcase Backpack

Is it a briefcase? Is it a backpack? It’s both! Though this bag may look a little on the plain side, it’s actually a great 2-in-1 solution! It takes you from business briefcase to practical backpack in no time. With a padded compartment for laptops up to 15.6”, it’s a great one for security and comfort. In fact, I bet your dad will try to steal it when you are home for the holidays. And with a five-year warranty, you won’t have to worry about getting a new one anytime soon.

  • Business students
  • Functionality geeks


Snugg™ Crossbody Shoulder Messenger Bag

These sweet leather messenger bags come in loads of great colours and the PU leather is water-resistant too: stylish and practical. This messenger will make you feel mysteriously creative as you roam your university library, spreading bag-envy. We love the four (!) external pockets for easy access to everyday essentials (like your banana). Fits laptops of up to 15.6 inches.

Great for:

  • Creatives
  • Leather lovers

Evecase Canvas Backpack

This backpack also becomes a briefcase, but with less of a business vibe. This bag is for those stylish and put-together students who want a quality backpack and briefcase rolled into one. We love the bag’s plentiful quirky design touches. But it’s not just a case of a pretty design: the bag is weather-resistant and super lightweight. Ergonomic, padded and fitting laptops up to 17.3 inches large, this backpack is a great all-rounder.

Great for:

  • Image-conscious students
  • Luxe sportswear lovers


Vere Gloria Canvas Laptop Bag

Ok, so this one might be a bit of a throwback to school days, but who could resist this bag’s cute Alpine design? This bag is fun and fearless and looks great on anyone. Organised with inner compartments and zippers, this bag is so much more than just a pretty outside pattern. Solid, practical and great value for money, you could do a lot worse. Good for up to 15-inch laptops.

Great for:

  • Fun-loving, quirky students
  • Young at heart PhD students


Happy studying and laptop bag shopping- don’t forget to tell us of other great student bargains below!