Every fall, legions of young adults make the big move out of mom and dad’s house and out on their own for the first time. Living solo can be a shock; managing deadlines, measuring expectations for both work and school plus managing a tight student budget can all weigh heavily.

Not to mention, all the fun toys that existed at the family home are now likely out of reach.  It’s likely bye-bye big screen TV, stereo and entertainment system. Fortunately, it’s easy for a student on a budget to maintain a party-worthy sound system for a fraction of the price.  Wireless portable Bluetooth speakers are a perfect addition to a dorm room or student apartment.

UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker

Compact sized but big on sound, UE is known for its cool and stylish line of portable speakers. You’ll get crisp clear audio with strong bass so you can keep the party going with the UE Wonderboom. Or put on some soothing rainforest sounds to help you concentrate on studying. With a ten hour battery life you should have more than enough juice for an epic shaker or lengthy study session, and it’s got fast micro USB recharging.

UE Wonderboom has Bluetooth 4.1 which lets you wirelessly connect to your smartphone, tablet, or other Bluetooth-enabled device, plus IPX7-rated protection means this rugged speaker is waterproof, dirt-proof, and shockproof, so you can bring it wherever your wild college adventures take you. It can also float, so if it’s on a watery adventure, it’s not going to end up at the bottom of the pool.

If you need even more audio power, you can also connect two Wonderbooms together for dual speaker power and bigger sound.

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Need a speaker with a longer lasting battery? JBL’s portable Bluetooth speaker, JBL Charge 3, has an astounding 20 hours of battery life that’s easily rechargeable.

With high quality stereo sound and the ability to connect three devices to the speaker, it means you can share DJ duties with your roommates with ease. Dual drivers in the JBL Charge, plus twin bass radiators give you deep, rich bass so you can be the life of the party.

Conveniently, the JBL Charge can also be used as a power bank to charge your other devices, so no one will run out of power if you happen to be away from a plug.

With durable fabric and a rubber housing, the speaker is waterproof (IPX7 rating) making it perfect for pool parties, weekends at the lake, or even swim practice or working outdoors.

With a noise and echo-cancelling speakerphone you can talk to mom and dad while you’re busy doing other things too.

Sony SRS-XB2 Splashproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Another solid option with great sound and cool good looks is Sony’s SRS-XB2. I had a chance to review this speaker last summer and it’s still among my top portable speaker picks.

The two channel speaker system and Sony’s EXTRA BASS technology give this speaker a deep rich bass, while its compact design and Bluetooth connectivity make it super easy to bring the party with you wherever you go.

Easy to connect with either Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) the speaker is super easy to set up and use.  Plus its small size is perfect for any student living quarters, though that compact footprint hides a powerful sound and thumping bass.

This speaker is also resistant to water with an IP rating of IPX5, plus with a 12 hour battery life, it’s going to last as long as you need it to.

Fugoo Style Bluetooth speaker

Another speaker I’ve had a chance to review and use myself is Fugoo’s Style speaker.  Available in a more compact size, or in a larger format called Fugoo Style XL. Fugoo speakers feature a stylish waterproof cover and great sound quality.

Six drivers kick out great sound and with a powerful rechargeable battery that lasts up to 40 hours on a single charge, this is one of the most high endurance speakers you can buy.

Bluetooth 4.0 lets you connect to your phone, tablet, or other devices so you can stream everything from music for the party, to soothing sounds for a marathon all night study session, or podcasts and e-books to help you learn.

Boasting an IP67 rating, this portable speaker is mud-proof, dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof and like any good companion, it plays nicely with both Siri and the Google Assistant.

Whatever your needs are; whether you want to be party-ready, or study-focused, there’s a portable wireless Bluetooth speaker that will fit your needs, style and budget at Best Buy.  Check out more great Bluetooth speakers here.

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