40 Tech Gadgets College and University Students Will Love

College student studying with headphones and laptop in the library

Your kid’s college and university years will be some of their most fulfilling—brimming with hard work, newfound independence and probably more than a little partying (let’s be real!). And whether they live at home or away, they’ll need the best tech for school to reach their full potential. From laptops and headphones to tablets and coffee machines, here are 40 cool gadgets for post-secondary students to make the most of their time in the classroom and beyond.

In this guide
1. For stocking a dorm room
$ 299.98

Shark RV754CA ION Robot Vacuum

After late-night study sessions, their place will most likely be a mess. Why not help them catch up on some extra zzzs with this robot vacuum. With easy voice control using Google Assistant, they can make the robot set up an auto-clean schedule whenever they want. (For more vacuum options, check out our best vacuums.)

$ 12.98

Salton Mug Warmer

Nothing’s worse than a lukewarm cup of coffee. With this mug warmer on their desk, your kid’s coffee, tea or soup will stay warm—even if they immerse themselves in work or get distracted by another episode of their favourite show.

$ 129.99

Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker

Whether your kid asks it to play music on Spotify, control their smart home gadgets, give them the news and weather, remind them of their day’s schedule or when assignments are due, this new Google Nest model won’t mind one bit.

$ 249.98

Ninja Foodi 4-in-1 Indoor Grill

Dorm-room cooking gadgets that save money on takeout are key, and your child will love making home-cooked meals on the Ninja Foodi. It grills, air fries, roasts and bakes in a single countertop unit. For even healthier meals, pair this grill with a powerful juicer (we have five excellent recommendations to consider) to make healthy smoothies.

$ 119.98

Canon PIXMA TR4520 All-In-One Inkjet Printer

The best tech for school includes an easy-to-use, reliable and affordable printer for all those assignments, including research papers. Enter the Canon Pixma all-in-one inkjet printer, which has Wi-Fi connectivity so students can wirelessly print letter-size (or smaller) documents from laptops, tablets and smartphones. (Check out our roundup of the best printers for school.)

2. For keeping fit
$ 17.78

Sabre Personal Alarm with Motion

Whether they’re walking home from a late study session or on a late-night jog, this alarm will help protect them from intruders by sounding a siren that’s audible up to 600 feet (185 metres). As added bonuses: It has a built-in motion detector and can easily attach to your child’s keychain or a metal surface in their dorm room.

$ 39.98

Letsfit Smartwatch & Fitness Tracker

The 1.3-inch touch screen on this Letsfit smartwatch fitness tracker vividly displays sports data, making it easier and more intuitive to track health progress. Plus with features like music control and stress training, the Letsfit is more than just a fitness tracker. It comes in pink, too!

$ 39.78

Thermos Tritan Hydration Bottle with Meter

While this water bottle may not share your water intake via Bluetooth to a hydration app like pricier models do, at less than half the cost the Thermos Tritan manually tracks your hydration using a rotating meter near the spout. Bonus: It also comes in a magenta and a smoke grey colour, so your kid can sip in style.

$ 199.98

Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch

This smartwatch can track workouts plus has voice assist built right in to do everything from setting assignment reminders to checking the weather. Your post-secondary student can also listen to music and get call and text notifications from you and their friends. (For more options, see our roundup of the best Fitbits for different lifestyles and budgets.)

$ 39.95

Beats Flex - All Day Wireless Headphones

These affordable wireless headphones are a great tech choice for your student. The lightweight and comfortable Flex-Form cable (which rests gently on the neck) makes these headphones a great choice while studying in the library or working out in the gym. Plus, the tangle-free magnetic earbuds will automatically play music while they’re in your kid’s ears and conveniently pause when they put it around their neck.

3. For morning prep
$ 58.85

GRDE Wake Up Night Light/Alarm

This bedside alarm-clock light helps simulates sunrise for a gradual return to the waking world. And at nighttime, it uses music and the soothing features of the sunset to help your kid fall asleep easier after a hard day hitting the books.

$ 47.94

Oral-B Pro 500 Precision Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

Make brushing their teeth each morning less of a drag with this electric toothbrush designed to deep clean and loosen plaque between teeth with minimal effort. An automatic timer also acts as a helpful reminder to keep brushing for the recommended two minutes. Plus, it’s super affordable. (For more electric toothbrush options, check out our top picks.)

$ 98

Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker

Cute, stylishly designed and compact enough to fit on a crowded kitchen countertop or desk in a college dorm room, the K-Mini uses Keurig K-Cup pods for a perfect single cup (177 to 355 millilitres) of joe. The drip tray is removable to fit a standard travel mug, so your kid can even caffeinate on the go. (For more coffee maker ideas, check out our fave ones for 2022!)

$ 35.98

Black + Decker Compact Garment Steamer

For class presentations, Zoom lessons or job interviews, this compact steamer will de-wrinkle your kid’s clothes so they can look their best. They can stick it in their backpack or luggage for travel, too!

$ 41.97

Conair Reflections LED Lighted Collection Mirror

This handy LED lighted mirror has a magnifying side for precision-primping before morning lecture. Plus, its elegant chrome finish and slim design makes it the perfect addition to your child’s dorm room vanity.

4. For multi-tasking
$ 79.98

Western Digital Portable Hard Drive

With this sleek portable hard drive, your student can store all their assignments, school projects, movies, pictures and more without having to clutter their computer. Its fast 5400 RPM speed will make file transfers a snap and your child can rest easy knowing it’s compatible with most Windows computers. Plus, students can use its USB 3.0 connection to make backups of important computer files to protect them from crashes or data corruption.

$ 23.04

Limelights Gooseneck Organizer Desk Lamp

This lamp is one of the best gadgets for university or college students. The stand acts as an organizer with eight different compartments for holding pens, pencils, a notebook and tablet. Plus there’s a handy electric outlet for charging devices—so not only is this lamp stylish, it’s super functional, too.

$ 79.98

Tile Pro (2022) 2 Pack Black and White Bluetooth Trackers

From project deadlines to exams, chances are your kid will have a lot on their mind come school time. With the help of this handy gadget and its app, your kid will be able to find their most-misplaced items—keys, smartphones and even the TV remote—with a click of a button. They can even use the tracker to make their phone ring when it’s on silent.

$ 179.98

JBL Live 660NC Wireless Over-Ear Noise-Cancelling Headphones

It can be hard to focus on studying when there’s a lot happening outside your kid’s window, but with these noise-cancelling headphones they can block out sound and truly focus. With up to 50 hours of battery life, they can listen to their favourite playlist or use Google Voice Assistant to answer calls. (Check out our list of the best wireless headphones for work and play.)

$ 399.98

ViewSonic 32-inch 1080p Frameless Widescreen IPS Monitor

This 32-inch high-definition monitor offers best-in-class screen performance with screen split capability, making it perfect for researching an assignment topic while catching up on Netflix. Its vivid resolution will make focusing on work easy, while the built-in blue light filter will help minimize eyestrain from extended viewing periods.

5. For comfortable learning
$ 39.98

Logitech K380 Multi-device Bluetooth Keyboard

Sometimes your child will want to stretch out their fingers and get a little distance from the screen. This wireless keyboard—that can connect to their tablet, smartphone or laptop via Bluetooth—is super lightweight and is the perfect tech gadget that can easily slide in their backpack to take to class or coffee shops.

$ 17.88

Logitech Silent Mouse

Your child will be spending a lot of time clicking and scrolling, so they might as well do it in comfort. Compact, affordable and easy to stuff in their book bag, this wireless mouse (with 90 per cent noise reduction on clicks) has an ambidextrous, contoured shape that connects to just about any computer model with its USB receiver.

$ 40.98

I-Spire Series Laptop Lift

They’re going to be spending a lot of time staring at a laptop, so do their neck and back a favour with this tilted platform that elevates their 17-inch device to a comfortable viewing height, whether it’s on the couch or at a desk.

$ 13.57

GO ON 4” USB fan

Perfect for any room, this small fan can be used all year round by just plugging in the USB cord. It weighs less than one pound, which is convenient for taking it anywhere!

$ 29.98

Kensington ErgoSoft Wrist Rest

This gel-cushioned wrist rest is the perfect gadget for long research days where your kid’s hand will surely need some support. It features extra padding for their thumb when they are using a mouse, plus the surface can easily be cleaned with a damp cloth.

6. For staying connected
$ 79.95

Otterbox Defender Case for iPhone 12/12 Pro

Let’s face it, smart phones sometimes tend to drop (it happens!). With this Otterbox phone case, you can help protect your child’s phone survive the accidental fall. It even comes in different sizes, such as for the iPhone 11.

$ 269.99

Apple Airpods

All they’ll have to do is pop in these ear buds and they can join a Zoom class, listen to their favourite songs and answer your calls while multi-tasking. It has a customizable fit for all-day comfort and is easy to pair with their Apple devices.

$ 40.73

Belkin Rockstar 5-Jack Audio Headphone Splitter

This headphone splitter is handy during downtime with friends or on the car ride back home for visits. It lets five people share music, podcasts, audiobooks or Netflix movies off of the same device.

$ 29.98

Bower 10” Tabletop RBG Ring Light

This table top ring light is just what your aspiring TikTok or Instagram star needs. It has nine different colours, eight special effect lighting modes and 12 levels of brightness—perfect for vlogging and social media. Plus, it’s USB powered so no batteries are required. (To make their room look even better, check out this motion sensor LED strip light.)

$ 99.98

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera

Remember cameras? They still have a purpose, especially for anyone looking to minimize their phone time. Your student can keep their precious smartphone safe in their pocket and snap photos of their friends and adventures for school memories that will last a lifetime.

7. For working on the go
$ 29.99

Nicci Glitter Sequin Zipped Laptop Sleeve

With this sequined laptop sleeve—available in four different glittery colours—your kid can carry their 14-inch device around in style. The foam padding on the inside also helps protect laptops and tablets from scratches and minor bumps while on the go.

$ 19.98

Emtec USB 2.0 Sticks

Help keep your kid’s assignments, presentations and essays in one trusted spot with this pack of convenient, reliable USB flash drives. They offer an incredible 16 GB of data storage (times three!), plus their neon colour makes them easy to spot, even when buried in your kid’s backpack.

$ 24.99

LAX Rubberized Dual USB Compact Power Bank

This portable power bank will surely be your child’s saviour when their mobile devices need a little extra juice. It’s lightweight and compact and the two slots let you charge two devices—like their phone and tablet—at once, making this a must-have tech gadget!

$ 976.72

Acer Swift 3 Acer Swift 3 14" Laptop

If you have a new post-secondary student, then this 14-inch screen laptop is an excellent choice. With 8 GB standard memory, it holds a lot of storage and has a 13-hour battery life so they won’t have to worry about constantly plugging it in.

$ 3.79

Opolski 4-piece Silicone Earphone Cable Winder

To prevent an annoying tangle of cords from messing up your kid’s purse or knapsack, give them a cable winder. This pack of four silicone winders will keep charger, headphones and earbud cables nice and tidy.

8. For unwinding after class
$ 259.96

Nintendo Switch Lite

If they have a few minutes between classes or are in transit to their next destination, the Switch Lite is the perfect companion. It’s a pared-down version of the Switch and is built for a large range of Nintendo’s handheld games that can be played anytime, anywhere. (Our roundup of the best Switch games will help you find ones they’ll love.)

$ 219.98

Kobo Libra 2

An e-reader is just what they need for reading on the go. It has 32 GB of storage for all their favourite Kobo Audiobooks, textbooks and more. It has adjustable brightness and blue light technology for limiting eye strain, plus is fully waterproof, just in case they get caught reading in the rain, making it one of the best gadgets for school.

$ 149

Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

This portable Bluetooth speaker is a great tech gadget for school. They can enjoy up to six hours of playtime and can pair two speakers together for Stereo or Party Mode playback. Bonus: It’s completely waterproof so they can listen to music while in the shower or by the pool on days off. (For more Bluetooth speaker options, check out our favourites!).

$ 34.98

Roku Express Streaming Media Player

Using the Roku Express, your kid can stream the latest shows and movies on Netflix, Disney+ and Crave, or catch up on the latest news and sports games. The remote control and mobile app are simple to use—the only challenge they might have is deciding what to watch!

$ 279.98

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Looking for a tablet to watch videos and play games after class? Then they’ll surely love this pick. It has 64 GB of storage so there’s lots of space to save files, pictures and videos. It even has 13 hours of battery life, which is perfect for commutes or chilling in their dorm room. (Looking for more tablet options? Check out our list of the top tablets for 2022.)

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Adriana Monachino is theHUB’s editor for kids, gifts and tech. She has a master’s degree in Literatures of Modernity (but she has a thing for the classics, too!). When she’s not indulging in a good book, she’s searching the web for outfit inspiration, bingeing re-runs of The Office and planning her dream home on Pinterest.

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