The Best Subscription Boxes for College Students

A college student surrounded by subscription boxes.

There’s a subscription box for every hobby and interest, and they’re especially great for college students. Whether you’re getting yourself something nice or hunting down a monthly care package for a family member, we’ve got the subscription box for you.

Hold on, why are subscription boxes so great for college students? Well, aside from the fact that everyone loves surprises, subscription boxes tend to be cheap and convenient. While college students could buy all their coffee or snacks at the grocery store, it’s almost always less expensive and more convenient to get those items once a month from a subscription service.

Think of subscription boxes as laser-focused care packages. They’re usually centered around a specific hobby or interest, and they sometimes come with collectible or exclusive items (like records, figurines, etc.).

Alright, let’s get into it. Here are the best subscription boxes for college students.

For Healthy, Cheap Meals: HelloFRESH

A screenshot of the Hellofresh website showing an assortment of meals, mostly pasta.

It’s hard to keep up a healthy diet in college. There isn’t much time for cooking (or shopping for ingredients), and it’s hard to eat out every day on a college budget.

So if you want to keep your health in check, then check out the HelloFRESH subscription box. With HelloFRESH, you receive the ingredients to make a new recipe every few days, and you can even opt for vegetarian options. With discount offers that start at $22 per week, it’s about half the price of eating out.

For The Daily Grind: Atlas Coffee Club

Atlas Coffee Club's assorted coffee bags
Atlas Coffee Club

Whether you spend your weekdays cramming French vocabulary or rewatching The Office (equally important college experiences), you probably owe some of your strength and ambition to the power of coffee. But aren’t you getting bored with the coffee in your cupboard?

Atlas Coffee Club is a subscription box that brings coffee from around the world right to your door. With Atlas’ cheapest plan, you pay just $9 every four weeks to get a 6oz bag of exotic coffee. That’s much cheaper than Starbucks and much more valuable to your taste buds than whatever’s in the cupboard right now.

For Music Fans: Vinyl Me, Please

The Soul Makosa vinyl record from Vinyl Me, Please
Vinyl Me, Please

Of all the vinyl record subscription boxes, Vinyl Me, Please may be the most exciting. Every month, you get to choose a record from Vinyl Me’s extensive catalog of classics, new hits, and rare releases (some of Vinyl Me’s exclusives are already hot collector items). These records are pressed by Vinyl Me, and they’re usually packaged with unique artwork and inserts. While Vinyl Me’s $27 a month price tag isn’t exactly cheap, it’s less than you might pay for these brand new pressings at a store.

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