Best Bags For Uni: Top 5 Bags For Students 2023

If you're heading to university this September and wondering what the best bags for students are, this one is for you...

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If you're heading to university this September and trying to get back into that 'back to school' frame of mind, you might be considering what the best bags for uni are.

You'll be relying on it day in, day out to carry everything you need - including heavier essentials such as a laptop - so it's worth spending that extra bit of time finding the perfect sturdy but stylish option.

From satchels to backpacks; high street to high end, TOTUM takes a look at the best bags for students...

Fjällräven Kånken Classic Backpack - Schuh


Let's start with the OG backpack from Fjällräven Kånken. It's fair to say this one has been tried and tested and is an absolute go-to for students and professionals alike.

Consistently rated one of the best bags for uni, the Classic Backpack from Fjällräven Kånken combines a sleek Scandinavian design with highly durable, moisture-repelling material. Backpacks are always a strong contender when it comes to university bags; what's better than being able to roam around hands-free?

Available in everything from warm yellow to arctic green, the Classic Backpack is suited to all and will set you back around £85 (less with your TOTUM student card!)

You can shop this bag at Schuh - remember to make the most of your 10% Schuh student discount as a TOTUM member.

The Satchel - The Cambridge Satchel Co.


It doesn't get much classier than the iconic Cambridge Satchel. On the slightly higher end of the price scale but worth every penny, the satchel is an elegant, luxury leather bag perfect for uni.

Available in a range of different sizes and both classic and contemporary shades, you can't go wrong with the Cambridge Satchel.

Perhaps the best thing about this bag is that it doesn't go out of style - it's been around since the 17th century and is still going strong.

Considered the most 'British of bags', this has got to be up there as one of the best bags for uni. At £200, it's not the cheapest bag out there, but it's certainly high quality.

If you want to get your hands on a Cambridge Satchel, remember to grab 10% off full priced items with your TOTUM membership!



Let's look at something super budget-friendly. Times are tough right now, and let's be honest it can be even more difficult as a student trying to scrimp and save for new stationery, homeware, and course books as you make the move to university.

But budget-friendly doesn't always have to mean low quality, especially when it comes to this tote bag from ASOS.

Equipped with everything students could possibly need from a bag - plenty of room, ability to wipe clean, and best of all a specific laptop compartment - this is your go-to, low cost uni bag.

Best of all, as a TOTUM member, you can get 10% off ASOS all year round with our ASOS student discount, so it's even cheaper!

Marc Jacobs Tote Bag -


If you're able to splash a little more cash and want something a bit more luxury and long-lasting, the Marc Jacobs Tote Bag could be the ideal university bag for you.

Available in a range of colours and sizes, this durable canvas bag is perfect for students. The 'Traveller' size easily fits a Macbook laptop, whilst the detachable shoulder strap ensures comfort whilst you're traipsing around campus. As a TOTUM member, you can grab 15% off selected lines at - don't walk, run!

Eastpak Padded Double Backpack -


Another one that's up there as one of the best bags for uni students is this padded Eastpak backpack - perfectly designed to hold all of your university essentials.

The hard-wearing canvas makes it extremely durable, offering two exterior front zip pockets and a bottle holder so you can stay nice and hydrated.

The interior boasts a padded laptop sleeve suitable for most 13” devices, so again it's great for transporting your tech about.

Adjustable shoulder straps and a padded back panel also make it super comfy and easy to get around!

Best bags for uni


So there we have it, a round-up of our top five bags for uni. There's something for everyone here, so whether you prefer a backpack or a tote bag, we've got you covered.

Best of all, you can get student discount on most (if not all) of the bags listed as a TOTUM member, so make sure to sign up for a TOTUM card here.

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