Headphones are a student necessity. Whether you’ll use them to block out unwanted noise for studying, to keep your movie from disturbing your roommate, on the bus or train to and from school or maybe just to chill out, a good pair of headphones is a must.
Headphone styles are all about personal preference and comfort. Some people like over ear, others want on-ear, while in-ear models are the only way to go for many gym-goers and athletes.
Whichever model you prefer, we’ve curated a selection of some of the top options.
Jaybird X3 Wireless In-Ear Sport Headphones
If you’re looking for a pair of headphones to wear at the gym, while running or during other athletic pursuits, these Jaybird X3 Wireless In-Ear Bluetooth Sport Headphones are some of the best sports headphones on the market.
With a sweatproof design plus a long lasting rechargeable battery, you’ll be able to power through the longest toughest workouts with ease. The inline volume control and microphone lets you adjust sound or take calls without having to stop down and fiddle for your phone.
The Jaybird X3 are designed for both comfort and noise isolation; they have micro-sized in-ear tips plus a slim behind-the-neck band and the kit includes both over-ear and under-ear fit options; you’re bound to find the perfect fit. The comfort ear fins and foam ear tips ensure a comfortable fit for hours on end and emit less sound bleed.
Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones
When your primary concern is looking good, Beats by Dre is the best choice in headphones. Fortunately in review after review, the feedback is that they sound as good as they look.
These BeatsX in-ear versions deliver clear, crisp audio that will be perfect for using at the gym, or more discretely in the library, classroom or office.
With a rechargeable battery that can give you up to eight hours of listening, you won’t be constantly looking for a plug when you’re on the go. The Beats by Dre BeatsX also features a super fast ‘Fast Fuel’ charging option which can deliver two more hours of battery life on just a five minute charge. The built-in RemoteTalk feature also allows you to take calls, control your music, and activate Siri all without digging for a smartphone.
Beats by Dr. Dre Solo3 On-Ear Sound Isolating Bluetooth Headphones
With a powerful 40 hours of battery life on a single charge, these Beats by Dre headphones will keep going as long as you do.
The Solo3 headphones also have fast charging to boost your dead battery, giving you an outstanding three hours of play time after just five minutes plugged in.
With fine-tuned acoustics you’ll enjoy top quality Beats signature sound that focuses on clarity and balance. The phones connect easily and wirelessly to your smart device with Bluetooth and you can control your audio using the convenient multi-function on-ear controls. Make calls, play music, adjust volume or activate Siri without fumbling for your phone. Plus, a smart folding design makes these headphones ultra-portable and easy to pack for travel.
Skullcandy Hesh 2 Over-Ear Sound Isolating Wireless Headphones
Wireless headphones are the way to go; no cords to get tangled during your workout or while you’re on the go. With Skullcandy’s Hesh 2 wireless headphones, enjoy crystal clear audio (thanks to 50mm neodymium drivers) and great sounding hands-free calling. A built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery provides up to 15 hours of use.
Plus with these headphones you’re getting ultra cool Skullcandy styling.
Monster iSport Achieve In-Ear Sound Isolating Bluetooth Headphones with Mic
Living on a student budget has its constraints. For the best priced premium Bluetooth sport headphones on the market, check out the Monster iSport Achieve.
These headphones connect to your smart device and give you up to 30 meters of connectivity, so you can leave you phone in your bag.
With a durable sweatproof design that includes water-resistant ear clips, these will last through many, many workouts or walking to class in the rain, and they’ll stay in place no matter how intense your regimen or commute to school. The iSport Achieve headphones also boast hands-free calling and a lightweight design making them perfect for packing on the bus or in your backpack.
Sony On-Ear Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones with Mic
Sometimes you just need to zone out with no distractions. Do it with a pair of top quality over ear Bluetooth headphones with Sony’s popular Extra Bass technology plus premium noise cancelling.
While these phones are Bluetooth which means they’re cable-free, there’s also an included aux cable that you can use to connect to your device in a pinch if you’re left with a dead battery. That makes these headphones versatile and perfect for travel or commuting.
They have an outstanding 22 hours of battery life so you should never be caught unawares.
With a digital noise cancelling option, you can also tune out everything around you if you need to buckle down and study.
The Sony MDR-XB950N1 headphones feature 40mm drivers which are engineered to produce rich, balanced audio, and the Extra Bass button allows you to add in an extra boost of bass when you want it.
Jabra Elite 65t truly wireless headphones with noise cancelling
If noise cancelling is what you need, this is another solid pair from Jabra. I own a pair of these Jabra Elite 65Ts and I can speak to how comfortable they are and how good they sound. Plus with noise cancelling technology, you can use these headphones to tune out or to help focus.
Whether you need noise cancelling for silent study, or you’re after compact portable headphones, or maybe you just need a budget option, Best Buy has plenty of options for students this fall.
Bose QuietComfort 35 Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones
If you’ve got some additional student loan funds, and you’re the type that absolutely lives in your headphones, investing in a premium pair may be the right choice for you. Bose Quiet Comfort 35 are a supremely comfortable pair of headphones with excellent sound and stylish good looks. With a chic over-ear design that fully seals in your music and blocks out external noise, you can focus on music podcasts or (yea, right) lecture recordings. With head-rattling bass too these are also great for after school listening.
Samsung Gear IconX
Samsung has refreshed and updated its IconX truly wireless headphones. Boasting longer battery life, they’re now more versatile than ever. More than just earbuds, the Samsung Gear IconX are also fitness companions with built-in coaching and route tracking. These truly wireless earbuds also remove the hassle of twisty cords and have 4GB of built-in storage for device-free music listening if your bag is already full of textbooks.