Back to School sales may typically revolve around stationery or school uniforms, but in a post-pandemic world, the need for remote learning tools is becoming all the more apparent.
Back to school sales provide the perfect opportunity to find discounts on laptops, PCs, and accessories like webcams, keyboards, monitors, cases, bags and more. In some cases, student discounts also extend to parents and staff.
With September around the corner, sales and student discounts are picking up. We're seeing new Back to School promotions launch every day – including brands such as Adobe, Xiaomi, OnePlus and Microsoft.
Amazon's End of Summer sale is also poised to launch on 26 August and run until 3 September promising even more savings!
We're looking at all Back to School sales on right now, along with any all-year student discounts. If you're in the US, see the best offers across American retailers.
When do Back to School 2021 dates - when do sales start?
While there’s no official start date to back-to-school sales, sales can start as early as July through to August, and until the new school year begins. In the US, Back to School Sales can start Auguest-end to early September.
Best Back to School 2021 sales & deals right now
- Acer - 15% off Notebooks, Desktop PCs, Tablets, Monitors, Projectors and Accessories for students or 16-26 year olds, extra 10% off + free shipping in US
- Adobe - 65% off Creative Cloud All Apps + 1 month for free in the UK; Get 70% off in US - See full guide to Adobe CC student discount - Best Adobe deals: £236 off All Apps from Very!
- Amazon Prime Student - Get a 6-month trial instead of a 30-day trial, along with 50% off the standard rate. See our full guide to Amazon Prime Student.
- Audible - Get 3 months for 99p - see our full coverage
- AmazonBasics Back to School - Amazon's section on school supplies and backpacks, along with electronics.
- Apple Back to School Sale - Free AirPods with purchase of M1 Mac, MacBooks, iPad Pro or iPad Air 2020 from the Education Store. You also get 20% off AppleCare+. Ends 11 October, 2021.
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- Dell - Up to 20% off + free delivery across XPS 13, Alienware m17 R3, monitors and accessories. See Dell Outlet Back to School Offers for recommended devices. Dell US Back to School Sale here.
- HP Store - HP's dedicated Student Store gives students up to 40% off. Here's our full guide to HP student discounts. Check out HP US's back to school sale here
- Laptops Direct - 25% off laptops, 30% off monitors, 25% off tablets, plus deals on TVs, smart home, and more
- Microsoft Student discount - Students save 10%, get £290 off Surface Pro 7 Essentials Bundle, £175 off Surface Go 2 Essentials Bundle and more. See our full guide on how to get the Microsoft Student Discount.
- OnePlus - Get £50 off OnePlus 9 along with up to 50% off on OnePlus Buds Z
- Free Office 365 for students - Students and teachers in the UK and US can get Office 365 completely free (it's not a trial version!)
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- Xiaomi Back to School Sale - £150 off Xiaomi Mi 11 with free Mi Watch Lite, Redmi Note 9T bundle with Scale 2, Hair Dryer, Earphones, Band 5 & more (see our full coverage) - ends 5 September
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See our dedicated article on the best student deals of the month.
How to get a student discount?
Most retailers and companies with a student discount program require you to provide your university or school email address to qualify for the discount. Many rely on UniDays or Student Beans to verify your student status, which also require your uni email address for verification.
Below are some of the best deals on the web right now, which you can access with or without a student email.
Best laptops deals right now
Below are a few highlights of the best laptop deals on the market this month. You can see the full list and our expert advice on how to choose a laptop in this article.
Asus 15.6in ZenBook 4K Laptop (16GB RAM + 512GB storage)
Now: £989.99 (£60 off)
Lenovo 14in IdeaPad Flex 5 Notebook (12GB RAM, 512GB storage)
Now: £449.99 (£50 cashback for students)
Best tablet deals
Check out the best tablet deals below and how to spot one here.
Best Microsoft Surface deals
Microsoft's incredible Surface range is an easy choice for students. Save on a Surface device below and see our full guide to buying one here.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (13.5in, i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
Now: £747.60 (£251.40 off)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (15in, Ryzen 5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
Now: £839.99 (£359.01 off)
Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13.5in, i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD)
Now: £1,894 (£305 off)
Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Intel Core M3, 8GB, 128GB) Essentials Bundle
Now: £698.98 (£149.99 off)
Best VPN deals for streaming
A VPN is an essential not only for security but for all your international streaming needs. These are the best deals around, but you can see more here.
Ivacy five-year VPN subscription
Was: $597 ($9.95 per month)
Now: $60 - approx. £43 ($1 per month - approx 72p) (91% off)
Surfshark two-year subscription
Was: $310.80 / £263.80
Now: $59.76 / £51.82 (81% off)
Atlas VPN Premium 3-year subscription
From: Atlas VPN
Was: $359.64 - approx £255
Now: $50.04 - approx £35.50 (86% off)
Private Internet Access two-year subscription
From: Private Internet Access
Was: $454.10 / £379.62
Now: $79 / £65 (83% off)
CyberGhost 26-month subscription
Was: $337.74 / £339.77
Now: $58.50 / £50.85 (85% off)
Best printer deals
If you're writing papers, you're gonna need to print them. Save on a printer below, plus here's how to choose a printer.
See our dedicated Back to School hub for even more deals and buying advice.