This year's back to school sales are now well underway and there are countless places to save on new tech or essentials for the year ahead. It doesn't matter if you're investing in a new laptop, upgrading to some wireless earbuds, stocking up on stationery or grabbing any other useful extras then we've got all the best deals right here.
While not all retailers have dedicated back to school sales, we do find that a lot of stores offer savings on everything you might need in preparation for the new school year. Amazon, Currys, Argos and Very are worth a look if you need some electronics such as laptops, tablets or headphones. Plus, we've gathered up any discounts on uniforms, stationery and educational books that are available today, too, at the likes of George at Asda, Sports Direct and more.
We've picked out the key sales categories just below if you want a more general look at what's on offer right now. Then, further down, we've highlighted some of the best deals in the most popular back to school categories.
All the best back to school sales
- Adobe: students and teachers save 65% on Adobe Creative Cloud
- Apple: MacBook and iPad discounts - plus a free £120 gift card
- Backpacks: Nike, Adidas and Puma backpacks from £6
- Books: 25% off pre-school and primary education books
- Chromebooks: from £119 at Currys
- Desks: from £39.99 at Wayfair
- Headphones: earbuds and over-ear headphones from £2.99
- Laptops: get 20% off selected laptops at John Lewis
- Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams for free
- Monitors: up to 36% off Samsung monitors
- Sports: up to 70% off sports gear and trainers at Sports Direct
- Stationery: 3 for 2 on select stationery at Paperchase
- Tablets: up to £150 off the Samsung Galaxy S8 Tab range
- Uni essentials: save on electronics, furniture, and more at Amazon
- Uniforms: uniform essentials starting from £1.50 at George
Today's best back to school deals
Bic 4 Colours Original Retractable Ballpoint Pens: £3.39 at Amazon
3 for 2 – Pens. Not the most exciting purchase in the world but definitely one of the back to school essentials. This pack of Bic 4 Colours Original Ballpoint Pens includes three for the price of two for just over £1 per pen. The retractable design means you can switch between black, blue, green and red with a simple press for easy note-taking and journaling.
Anker Soundcore 2:
£39.99 £29.99 at Amazon
Save £10 – The Anker Soundcore 2 is a solid and inexpensive portable Bluetooth speaker - and now £10 cheaper at Amazon. The audio quality may not compete with the likes of devices from Bose, Sonos and JBL but many of those speakers are at least twice the price - and many much more. So, for a cheap, long-lasting and easily portable option that you can just pop in your bag then this is a bargain.
Asus VivoBook 15:
£549.99 £499.99 at Amazon
Save £50 – If you need a powerful laptop for more demanding work then this Asus VivoBook 15 is a good buy from Amazon. It features some high-end components including an Intel i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and a huge 512GB SSD. These will ensure excellent performance no matter what you throw at it - be that general browsing, video calls, school work, media streaming, photo editing or multitasking between a few at once.
Logitech C270 Webcam:
£24.99 £18.99 at Amazon
Save £7 – Working on a desktop that doesn't come with a webcam or need something higher quality than the in-built camera on your laptop? This is a great price for the Logitech C270 Webcam and the cheapest we've seen since April. It can make video calls in high definition and features a noise-reducing mic to make voice chats clearer. Plus, it's compatible with Windows and Mac, too, and has an adjustable clip to attach to monitors or just stand on your desk.
Herschel Classic Backpack:
£45 £32 at USC
Save £13 – Herschel is a popular backpack manufacturer and you can now get its classic backpack in either black or grey for an excellent price from USC. It features a large main compartment to store a laptop, as well as books, stationery and other extras. There's also a front pouch for smaller items.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8:
£219 £156 at Amazon
Save £62 – This is less than £10 away from the cheapest ever price we've seen for the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8. This affordable 10.5-inch device will last up to 13 hours and comfortably handle general everyday tasks, including web browsing, media streaming and simple games.
Apple MacBook: from £898 + free £120 gift card at Apple
University students, as well as teachers and staff at all levels, can get a discount of up to £200 on the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro when bought directly from the Apple Store. As part of this education discount, you also get a gift card up to £120 to spend on the Apple Store which you can put towards an Apple Watch, AirPods or other accessories.
Apple iPad: from £526 + free £120 gift card at Apple
A similar Apple education offer is also available on the latest-generation iPad Air and iPad Pro. With this discount, you save around £40 on either device, plus you get a gift card up to the value of £120 to spend elsewhere at the Apple Store.
Pukka Pad (A4):
£5.99 £3.95 at Amazon
Save £2 – Another not-so-thrilling but equally important purchase in the back to school sales. This A4 Pukka Pad includes 200 sheets of lined paper for easy and removable note-taking. A triple-pack is also available to buy, but it's actually cheaper to buy them separately if you wanted to get more than one.
£19.99 £14.99 at Amazon
Save £5 – No one likes losing their favourite stuff, but sometimes it happens, so here's a cheap and easy way to keep track of your prized possessions while out and about. Simply attach one of these Tile Mate item locators to your keys, bag or another item you want to monitor. Then, you can use the app to search for connected objects near or far, or even reverse it to use the Tile to locate your phone. All that peace of mind for £15 - sounds worth it to us.
£90 £59 at Amazon
Save £49 – We've had the Sony WF-1000XM4 at the top of our best wireless earbuds guide since release, but they are a pricey pair of headphones at around £200. If you want a more affordable option then these Sony WF-C50 are a smart buy while they're down to £59. The sound quality isn't as good, but they do have a lengthy 20-hour battery life with the included charging case, can be used to make calls and feature touch controls.
Seagate Expansion Plus 2TB Portable Hard Drive: £55.99 at Argos
A lot of cheaper laptops and Chromebooks come with limited storage space so here's a quick and easy way to get a whole lot more. Of course, you can make use of the cloud to store files, photos and more, but sometimes you want it stored in a more physical form, too. This is a good price for a whopping 2TB of storage, which is enough for over 600,000 photos, about 34,000 hours of music and a ridiculous number of files.
School uniform: shirts, trousers, skirts and dresses from £1.50 at George
Asda's clothing brand George has lots of school uniform essentials from as low as £1.50. Items include shirts, skirts, trousers, dresses, jumpers, shoes, socks and so much more. You can buy items individually, or bundle them together in stacks of up to five depending on how many you need.