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10 Backpacks For College Students That Are Practical And Stylish

Remember those high school days where you could show up to class with just a notebook and pencil case and be considered “prepared”? Those were the days. In college, we’re assigned a textbook for every class, expected to carry our laptop around everywhere, as well as all of our classroom essentials. If you don’t feel carrying all of your stuff in your arms across campus, we’ve got your back! Here’s a list of ten backpacks for college students that are practical and stylish. 


You’ve probably seen these iconic square-shaped backpacks a million times within the past few years. While they’re obviously trendy, they’re also super practical! These Kanken backpacks are every minimalists’ dream because they’re practical and extremely durable. If environmentally friendly products are a priority, they are committed to using sustainable materials and their factories adhere to the Fair Labor Association’s Workplace Code of Conduct. 


Patagonia is known for more than their cult-favorite sweaters, they also make practical and stylish backpacks. Their Classic Pack comes in seven colors, are made with recycled polyester, and has a durable water repellent finish. They even come with a padded laptop sleeve which will make it convenient for transporting your laptop around campus. 


Herschel designs the perfect college student backpacks. They’re affordable, functional, and stylish. What more can you ask for? With around 40 designs to choose from for every style of their backpacks, there’s something for everyone. They have contoured shoulder straps and air mesh back padding, making them comfortable to carry around campus.

Cote & Ciel

Cote & Ciel’s Isar M Coated Canvas bag is worth the splurge. This is one of the pricier backpacks on our list but you’ll fall in love with it when you see it. It’s minimalistic, stylish, and the architectural form makes it eye-catching. It’s also made with water-resistant nylon and full grain leather. This backpack is spacious and durable, making it practical for a college student.

North Face

North Face carries backpacks for all occasions. Whether it’s for hiking, commuting, or just everyday use, they’ve got a bag for you. Their backpacks also come with a lifetime warranty, making these a worthy investment. We love the Berekely Backpack because it’s on the cheaper side, and they come with two compartments to help you organize your books.


These were most likely the backpacks that you carried around in high school. Jansport backpacks are a classic for a reason! They’re universally loved, practical, and comes in a wide variety of styles. The most functional backpacks come with a laptop sleeve, water bottle holder, and a front compartment with organizing sleeves. You can’t go wrong with a Jansport backpack.

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While Timbuk2 offers traditional backpacks, we’re more obsessed with their messenger bags. They’re built for comfort and convenience, with easy-to-access pockets that will make it perfect for days where you’re rushing out of the house and just want to shove things in your bag. 

Greenhouse Juice

You wouldn’t expect a juicery to carry tote bags, especially one that is so functional, but they do! These tote bags come with six pockets inside, originally intended to hold bottles of juice, we love to use them to keep ourselves organized. 


Modoker’s vintage backpacks are the best bang for your buck. For under $50, these backpacks are equipped with three compartments and a built-in charging cable and external USB charging port for your electronic device. You won’t have to go through a day at school without a charged phone again!


Swissgear is a popular and trusted brand for backpacks among students, and for a good reason too. They’re stylish and extremely practical. They come with a padded laptop compartment with extra sleeves for your cables and chargers. There’s even a small pocket on the strap for your phone. How convenient is that?

Which one of these backpacks do you own? How do you manage to carry all of your stuff around campus? Let us know in the comments below!

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Michelle Lam

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