Best Headphones For College Students

Whether you’re looking for a new pair of gym headphones or want a way to escape on your way to class, finding a good pair of headphones is worth the search.

Not everyone can afford $1,000 headphones especially while in school, so here’s a list of 10 headphones perfect for college students.

We’ll be breaking it up into 3 categories:

  • Fitness
  • Noise Canceling
  • Bass Boosted

We’re assuming you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg so we based our choice off of customer rating, product quality, and of course price. (at the end of the day we want to get the best value for our dollar (especially in college) so we made this a priority)

Here’s our list of the best headphones for the common college student.



Senso Bluetooth Headphones

User Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (10,471 reviews)

Price: $36.97

Where To Buy:

Overview: Great pair of headphones if you’re a gym lover who doesn’t feel like wearing a bulky pair of headphones on your headphone or dealing with cords.


  • Supports 4.1 CSR technology giving it a crisp sound with a reasonable amount of bass and treble when turned up. 
  • If you’re known to sweat then these might be a good bet. They have an IPX-7 waterproof rating meaning they can take being submerged up to 3 feet for around 30 minutes and still work fine.
  • We found that a 1.5 – 2 hour charge will give you up to 8 hours of active battery life, so if you charge them every other day you should be fine with your daily workouts.
  • Can hold a connection up to 30 feet away from your phone/device.
  • Supports phone calls while still connected.

Available Colors- Black and Grey | Black and Red

What’s Included with the headphones for the price:

  • Carrying Case
  • Charging Cable
  • 3 Sets of Ear Tips- Small, Medium, and Large
  • Cigarette USB lighter charging port

Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth HeadphonesPHAISER BHS-530 BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES

User Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (3,335 reviews)

Price: $35.99

Where To Buy:

Overview: A runner friendly pair of Bluetooth headphones that promise a secure fit, lightweight, sweat proof, and includes a built-in microphone for answering calls hands-free.


  • Utilizes Bluetooth 4.1 technology to give a crisp sound with reasonable bass with memory foam tips and over the ear wear to give a secure fit and reduce external noise. (making them great for running if you hate having cords bouncing around)
  • Sweat proof and water resistant (so not exactly waterproof but will withstand exposure to water) using a special Liquipel Nano Coating to help prevent water damage if accidentally submerged.

Available Colors- Black | Blue | Purple | Green | Red |

Warranty- Headphones come with a lifetime warranty as stated by the time of this review.

What’s Included With The Headphones:

  • Carrying Case
  • Charging Cable
  • 3 Sets of Ear Tips- Small, Medium, and Large

Noise Canceling

best noise cancelling headphones for college students

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Wireless HeadphonesBose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

User Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (2,649 reviews)

Price: $349.00

Where To Buy:

Overview: On the higher end of the list but is worth the price if you’re looking to spend the $$$. With world-class noise cancellation Bose might be the way to go.


  • Secure fit and seal to prevent sound leaking and reduces outside noise.
  • Utilizes volume-optimized EQ to ensure crisp sound and prevent distortion even at the maximum volume level.
  • Expect a 20-hour battery life of active use off a full 2 – 3-hour charge.
  • Uses a noise-rejecting dual microphone system to have clear calls in noisy/windy environments.

Available Colors- Black | Silver

What’s Included With The Headphones:

  • Compatible app to personalize your headphones to your liking.
  • Carrying Case
  • Charging Cable
  • Backup Audio Cable

Edifier H840 AudiophileEdifier H840

User Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (430 reviews)

Price: $39.99

Where To Buy:

Overview: On the other side of the spectrum Edifier is showing to be the highest value for the dollar. Still offering some high-quality sound and noise isolating capabilities it’s considered a good buy.

  • Secure fit to reduce outside noise with soft leather earmuffs for prolonged use.
  • Uses 40mm driver units to give crisp sound (especially for the price)

Available Colors- Blue, Black, Gold

Options- With microphone ($49.99) | Without microphone ($39.99)

Additional Info:

  • Cord- 6ft long
  • Backed by a 1-year warranty at the time of writing this review.

Bass Boosted

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Skullcandy Crusher Headphones Skullcandy Crusher Headphones

User Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (1,213 reviews)

Price: $56.53

Where To Buy:

Overview: Being in the medium price range Skullcandy secures a spot on the list due to its bass extension driver giving it an enhanced sound and feel for those of you that like some bass to your headphones.

  • Utilizing Skullcandy’s patent-pending Base Extension Driver technology to give a powerful and realistic bass sound at almost any level. 
  • Has minimal distortion when used at max level.
  • Utilizes a built-in amplifier to reduce bulkiness and utilizes a powerful (AA) battery amp hidden in the ear muff.
  • The greatest strength we found with these headphones was the ability to adjust the bass level when in use to help enhance the sound to your own preference.

Available Colors- Black | White |Black Blue and Grey | Bunny Teal and Light Grey | Camo Slate and Orange | Grey Cyan and Black | Grey and Hot Lime | Ill Famed Royal and Cream | Koston Snake| Leopard | Locals Only Gitd and Black | Microfloral Gray and Black | Realtree Dark Tan | Red and Black | Stripes Tand and Navy | (prices vary according to color)

  • Comes with cord (length not specified)
  • Has universal phone control and volume control

Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass BoostedSony MDRXB950BT/B

User Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (2,193 reviews)

Price: $72.19

Where To Buy:

Overview: Coming in at around the same pricepoint but supports Bluetooth connection and an audio cable. Also featuring Electronic Bass Boost circuitry for some additional bass emphasis.

  • Utilizes AAC and apt-X support with Electronic Bass Circuitry to add bass emphasis.
  • Expect around 20 hours of active use out of a full charge.
  • Includes a built-in microphone for hands-free calling

Available Colors- Black |Blue | Red (prices vary for colors)

  • USB charging cable and detachable audio cable included

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We tried our best to only list the highest rated and quality headphones. No biased opinions, no requests for us to include their products.

Just the best headphones you can get for the price.




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