What Bags to Get For University ( Updated 2017 )

Think about what you need for school? Notebooks, books, laptop, pens…? Yes, but you might forget another important thing, that’s a bag. It not only helps you to pack all those stuffs but also make you look cooler.

Just spend 5 minutes reading this article and you can be confident to choose the best bag for university as well as a cool accessory for expressing your individuality. So, let’s get started!

Messenger Bags

University boy students really love messenger bags because of its durability and large space for packing a lot of stuff. Besides, thanks to its construction, you can carry your notebooks and laptop compactly.

Another plus point is its material – leather – which creates a classy and stylish look. However, in turn, you should take care of it carefully. Especially, don’t place it in humid or watery areas.

Talking about messenger bags, there are basically two popular brands:

Men’s Satchel

Satchel is a great combination of both new innovation and classic style. It has the characteristics of traditional messenger bag which is durable and versatile. You can use it for school, some formal meetings or even to go to the office after graduation.

The Ideal Man

Again, ideal man has full characteristics of a messenger bag. It is made from high quality leather, large space for laptop and notebooks. Besides, its sleek and trendy design helps you to use in many different occasions.

You may concern:

Best and nice laptop messenger bags for men

Men’s Duffle Bags

If you are a sporty man, don’t hesitate to pick a duffle bag and bring it to university. The original of this kind of bag derived from Belgium and at that time, duffle bags were made of very thick fabric.

They have cylindrical shape to be easily used for gym, university or a picnic trip. Besides, duffle bags have many rooms to carry much stuff, more than the messenger bags. That’s also my favorite thing.

There are some reputable brands for duffle bags for examples Herschel and Rains.


Rains provide a huge selection of bags, mostly in dark green and black shapes. However, stylish design, water resistant technology and smart arrangement are what I like the most in Rains. There is a problem I usually meet. It is rainy season and me, forgot to bring umbrella or raincoat. You know that we usually use laptop in university, which a normal fabric bag can’t protect your belongings at all on such rainy days.

That’s why these water-resistant bags save my live many times. Besides, the manufacturer allows you to choose whether handles or shoulder straps to wear due to your preference.


This brand offers mid-range prices with high quality and trendy designs so that any students can afford for one. They are stylish and you can mix and match them with many kinds of outfit.

Look at the picture above, you can see that they are easily opt for casual outfits with shirts and blue jeans.

Some recommendations:

SUVOM Leather Overnight Duffle Bag Canvas Travel Duffels Large Weekender Luggage

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There are three color options including army green, coffee and dark gray. This is a unisex duffle bag so that it will be a great choice for couple things.

Some basic features:

  • Material: 100% thick cotton canvas and genuine horse leather
  • Leather handle strap
  • Pockets: large compartment for 17” laptop, 2 small pockets for coins and cellphone and 1 zipper pocket for interior. 1 back zipped pocket, 2 side zipper pockets and 2 on the front for exterior.
  • Demensions: 22″x 9″x 12″ (L*W*H)


  • Offer many compartments and pockets to contain many kinds of stuff
  • Sleek and fashionable design
  • Comfortable, wearable and heat resistant
  • Carry easily


  • The material is not waterproof and non-structured

adidas Defender II Duffel Bag

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adidas Defender II Duffel Bag offers a wide range of color options from dark to bright shapes to opt for different preferences. Also, they provide three sizes including small, medium and large.

Some basic information:

  • Dimensions: 24″ x 13″ x 12″
  • Material: 100% Polyester
  • Construction: two pockets for exterior and one main compartment for interior
  • Adjustable strap and dual top handleachable


  • Wider than SUVOM duffle bags to opt for more amount of stuff
  • Easy to wear and carry
  • Sporty design, which is suitable for going to gym or participate in outdoor activities
  • Waterproof
  • Thick and durable


  • Less pockets to organize stuff

Plambag Unisex’s Canvas Duffel Bag Oversized Travel Tote Luggage Bag

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Like the SUVOM, this is a unisex duffle bag which is suitable for travel and backpacking. Plambag Duffle Bag comes in four colors including army green, coffee, dark gray and gray.

Some basic information:

  • Materials: 100% Cotton Canvas + soft nylon lining + classical bronze tone hardware
  • Construction: interior includes 1 main compartment with film protection at the bottom, opt for 15’ laptop and 1 zipper pocket. Exterior includes 2 front zipper pockets, two on the sides with high quality plastic cushions and 1 back
  • Dimensions: 24.4”x9.8”x11.8”


  • Well waterproof
  • Durable, wearable and comfortable
  • Have largest dimensions and offer many pockets for extra space
  • Easy to carry
  • Suitable for camping, hiking, picnic, traveling, etc.


  • Strap is easily broken

Men’s Rucksacks

Last but not least, men’s rucksacks which is a safe choice for those who don’t think about changing their own style completely. Like two kinds of bag above, rucksacks are versatile. You can carry them on a trip or for school.

Besides, there comes to a wide range of styles with many colors, compartments and materials to meet your needs.

If you are into rucksacks, here are some good brands to consider:


For those who have lively personality and love something colorful and outstanding, go for Poler. They opt for school and outdoor activities. In additionally, they are very durable to fight against even the hardest weather and protect the inside stuff well.

Poler offers many rooms and huge compartments to organize your stuff freely as well as take them out quickly when in need.

Roll Top Bags

Roll Tops Bags are a smart decision if you want to have a more unique and original look. An interesting fact about these bags are that you can lengthen them by rolling the top up to have more room for stuff. This’s really smart because it can be adjusted to suit for each particular amount of stuff, unlike the others which just opt for large amount.

From that point, you can carry a Roll Top Bag for a picnic, school or just go to a gym.

My top picks:

BLUBOON Canvas Vintage Backpack Leather Casual Bookbag Men Rucksack

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Some basic information:

Material: genuine leather trim and soft canvas

Dimensions: 12*17.8*6.5

Construction: includes one large velcro pocket for 15” laptop and many pockets everywhere to contain many kinds of stuff and offer extra space


  • Classic, nice vintage design to express your individuality
  • The velcro pocket provides high protection
  • Comfortable to wear and easy to adjust
  • Hard to tear
  • Provide huger space than other similar style
  • Versatile: for school, camping, business trip, shopping, etc.


  • The zipper of front pocket is a little bit weak

Clean Vintage Hybrid Laptop Rucksack

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Come in one size and four-color options, Clean Vintage Hybrid Laptop Rucksack is suitable for business or formal occasions like job interview or workshops.

Some basic information:

  • Materials: leather trim and waxed canvas
  • Dimensions: exterior includes 4 front pockets with zippers, two top handles with two attached pockets. Interior includes two zipper compartments for 15” laptop and many inside pockets.
  • Construction: 12″ 13″ 14″


  • Elegant and durable cotton lining
  • Smart design
  • Good warranty for one year
  • Vintage and nice design


  • Unwanted buttons on the handles, which makes it become smaller

Canvas Backpack, P.KU.VDSL-AUGUR SERIES Vintage Canvas Leather Rucksack

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This rucksack offers the most color options within my three picks.

Some basic information:

  • Material: genuine cow leather and canvas, which creates a vintage and cowboy look
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 11.02 x 16.54


  • Good warranty for 45 days after successful purchase
  • The material is soft and skin-friendly, which is suitable for sensitive skin
  • Fashionable and elegant design
  • Large compartment and many pockets for extra space
  • Easy to wear and comfortable thanks to adjustable strap


  • It just contains a small laptop, not for a big one.

Which features to consider choosing a bag for university?

Briefly, there are four things you should remember:

What you will put inside the bag and the amount of stuff. If they are just a few notebooks and small utensils, go for a small and cheap one. On the contrary, you need to look for a durable and sturdy bag to protect your valuable belongings.

Which occasion you intent to use the bag. I mean that if you want one for both school and outdoor activities, choose a versatile and nice design, something trendy and fashionable.

Messenger bag opt for those who usually bring laptop along while a satchel is a great choice for formal workshops or job interviews. On the contrary, a duffle bag is for casual uses.

And finally, a rucksack for multiple occasions like go to school, hang out with friends, go for a picnic or anything else. You can renew it by changing the straps and importantly, they have reasonable price to opt for any students.

I hope that with this article, you will know more about other kinds of bag for university, not just a messenger bag. And with my recommendations you can find out the best men’s bag.

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