Back to school sales 2024: last minute deals for everything they’ll need at college

Back to school college supplies on desk
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College season has begun, the back to school sales have rolled out, and students can still grab some of the biggest savings they'll see all year. It's the perfect time to stock up any essentials they’ll need as a freshman living away from home for the first time, from laptops, to vacuums, to the best air fryers

The back to school sales for college students have been well underway ahead of term, and we've found all the best last minute deals for anything a college student might still need. On the lookout for even more bargains? Feel free to check out our hubs for Black Friday deals and Amazon Prime Day deals

A load of our favorite brands have been rolling out fresh deals with some massive savings that could really help to set up their new dorm, for less. We know that college supplies can get (very) expensive so you still have time to save the kids pocket money and, let’s face it, the impact it’ll have on your wallet, on the well-needed gear before they go back to college. 

Back to school sales: our top 15

We've covered pretty much anything that a college freshman could need to upgrade their life at college - whether that's the convenience of an air fryer, the processing power of a new laptop, or the freshness of an air purifier.

Air fryers

Ninja air fryer with chips

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Coffee makers

Laptops

Person typing on a laptop on a desk with cup of tea next to it.

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Dorm essentials

dyson outsize crop for amazon prime day

(Image credit: Amazon)

More kitchen essentials

Best toaster

(Image credit: Cuisinart)

Back to school: FAQs

When do back-to-school sales start?

A lot of our favorite retailers have already started their back-to-school sales, but you can expect to see them ramping up as we get nearer to the start of college. Keep an eye out on your favorite websites to see what deals they drop. 

Who has the best back-to-school sale?

It's hard to say with so many different brands and retailers offering different discounts, so really it depends what you're looking for. Apple and HP are offering deals with laptops, Macs and iPads; Best Buy and Target have student hubs; and Amazon has rolled out deals across pretty much anything a college student could need. 

How to get the best back to school deals

To get the best back to school deals there a few things that you can do in preparation to get the best bang for your buck.

  • Bookmark this page. We will update this page regularly with the very best back-to-school deals on the best items, so bookmark this page and don't forget to check back in. 
  • Check your favorite retailer: Some retailers may be quietly slashing prices on some seasonal items, so check your favorite store's website to see if there's a back-to-school deal or sale happening. 
  • Do your research: While we can tell you the best deals we found, it never hurts to shop around. Draw up a list of what you need and check the prices on different sites - the price for the same item may differ across retailers. 
  • Search for coupons online. Want extra savings? Search for coupon codes online. We'll bring you the very best back-to-school deals – but coupon codes may not be advertised. Try checking sites like  RetailMeNot and Coupons.com for codes you can enter at checkout if you're buying online.  
  • Download coupon-code browser extensions. Coupon-code browser extensions scan the internet and use buyer reports to bring you even more savings on hundreds of items. Check out joinhoney.com, a popular coupon-code browser extension. 
  • Get free shipping. Avoid paying for shipping! There may be free shipping codes on freeshipping.org that you can apply at checkout. Alternatively, buy online and opt to pick up in store, if you have the luxury of doing so.
  • Leave items in your cart. If you're shopping online, don't check out right away! If you're not pressed for time, leave your items in your cart. To convince you to buy, some retailers will send you a coupon code by email after a few hours. 
  • Sign up for retailer emails. These emails can be a savings goldmine. From coupon codes to free gifts to sale previews, you may keep even more cash in your pocket if you sign up. Some brands will even offer a special introductory discount for new customers. Don't want a cluttered inbox? Open a separate email account just for deals!
Dan Fauzi
Features Editor

Dan Fauzi is the Features Editor of Top Ten Reviews, with experience in digital product writing across all sorts - including tech, outdoor living, sports, and homes & gardens. Outside of work you'll find them at gigs, exploring creative spaces, or cooking up something good in the kitchen.