So you’re going back to school and you need a great pair of wireless headphones to listen to your music while in your dorm, in the library, or while walking around campus–you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a great list of the best headphones for college students.
Here are some things you want to keep in mind when looking for a pair of headphones for college students: Obviously you want to enjoy your music to the fullest while staying on budget. And you definitely want a pair of wireless headphones (seriously who uses wired headphones anymore?). So without further ado, here are our recommendations. There should be something for everyone here.
Sennheiser PXC 550 ($350) – The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless are very comfortable, relatively lightweight over-ear wireless headphone that sounds very good and features impressive noise-cancellation technology (great for tuning out your obnoxious roommate). They also have touch controls and deliver excellent performance as a headset. The PXC 550’s also have good battery life. I had a chance to test them out in a Sennheiser pop-up shop a while back and was very impressed. Plus if you buy them on WellBots and use the promo code SCHOOLTIME you can save an additional 10% (approx. $35).
Sennheiser HD 1 ($350) — The Sennheiser HD 1 Wireless are the perfect combination between style, comfort and pure quality sound. With its genuine leather ear cups and steel slides, you can tell Sennheiser used some of the best materials on these headphones. Unlike the PXC 550’s, they are not noise cancelling, which if you’re really into good sounding audio, you know that’s a benefit (as noise cancelling can potentially degrade audio quality). Plus if you buy them on WellBots and use the promo code SCHOOLTIME you can save an additional 10% (approx. $35).
Apple AirPods ($159) — The Apple AirPods are certainly the best ultra portable truly wireless headphones out there. They sound good enough and offer amazing battery life. They also work seamlessly with your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. That being said, due to their standardized one-size-fits-all design and lack of first party ear adjusters/fins, there is a possibility they will not play (pun intended) well with your ears. The only way to know for sure is to try them yourself. Fortunately, you can go to an Apple Store and ask to try on AirPods (be sure to walk around the store at varied speed) and they will be more than happy to help you out before you shell out the cash. Read our complete AirPods review for all the details.
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Bowers & Wilkins PX ($399) – These are currently my favorite wireless headphones–they offer impeccable sound and have some of the highest build quality I’ve ever seen in headphones. The Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless come in space grey or soft gold, both finishes look incredible. They also have a few different noise cancelling settings if you want to use them. I’d definitely recommend checking out our complete Bowers & Wilkins PX review here.
Jaybird RUN ($145) — The Jaybird RUN wireless headphones for all the people who AirPods don’t work for. They’re also really great if you workout a lot as they come with EarFins to ensure a snug fit in your ears. In terms of sound quality, they’re comparable to Apple AirPods (I actually think they sound a bit better) and they too, also sport good battery life. They run (pun intended again) for $145 on Amazon which is a little cheaper than AirPods as well. Be sure to read our complete Jaybird RUN review.