The Best Subscription Boxes For College Students

Subscription boxes have become extremely popular in recent years, and for a good reason: They feature curated items delivered to subscribers’ doorsteps. Furthermore, subscription boxes aren’t likely to be going anywhere soon, considering that in 2016, more than 2,000 retailers offered them, with even more likely to jump on the bandwagon this year.

The trend is especially useful for college students. The boxes give them treats every month, so they can look forward to mood boosts and products to use throughout the semester.

Let’s look at some of the top-notch subscription boxes for university-level learners to discover what they offer, and how much they cost.

1. Bean Box

What’s a college semester without a lot of all-nighters and far too many early mornings? Help students survive sleep-sacrificing schedules by giving them Bean Box subscriptions. They’ll get coffees from Seattle’s finest coffee creators, shipped within 48 hours of roasting.

Prices range from $18 to $21 per month, depending on whether you prepay for the subscription. It’s also possible to buy single boxes for $24, which is a great option for helping students endure finals week or dissertations. In addition to the coffees themselves, boxes include brewing tips, along with roasting profiles.

2. Bulu Box

College is notorious for making students gain weight because of factors like the sedentary routine of sitting through classes and the all-you-can-eat format of many dining halls. However, Bulu Box could help students combat that reality. It goes beyond mere healthy things to eat and helps students view good health as a lifestyle choice.

Bulu Box Original includes things like energy bars and infused water. There’s also the Bulu Box Weight Loss option, which could be a good choice if students are actively trying to slim down.

Subscribing to Bulu Box costs $10 per month. Also, signing up for a 12-month subscription gives you a free box.

3. The Calmbox

From midterm exams to in-class presentations worth 40 percent of an overall grade, college has many stressful events. The Calmbox aims to help students keep their nerves at bay and stay cool under pressure. Each month presents a different theme, ranging from stress relief to living in the present. Subscribers get goodies like candles, music and books. Boxes cost $35 per month.

4. Bocandy

Sometimes the best thing to break up a monotonous study session is something that satisfies the sweet tooth. Bocandy offers several types of candy boxes. For example, there’s one packed with delectable delights from Asia, and another featuring sugary stuff from all around the world. For students who prefer more of a variety, there are Bocandy boxes with a blend of candy, food and drinks. Prices range from $9.99 to $30.

5. Escape the Crate

Modeled after the “escape room” attractions that put groups of people in an enclosed space and task them with solving mysteries before time runs out, the Escape the Crate box comes every two months and costs $29.99, billed at a bimonthly rate. Everything you need to solve the riddles comes in each box, so students can sit down with friends and look forward to using their brains in ways that expand beyond textbook lessons and laboratory experiments.

6. Try the World

Students often see college educations as things that’ll help them do better, greater things in their lives, especially after earning their degrees. Some even have big dreams of moving abroad for work or going on round-the-world backpacking trips. Until those destination-based milestones happen, the Try the World box is a good substitute.

There are “Country” and “Snack” versions of this popular food-based subscription box. Not surprisingly, the first kind focuses on a country and offers food, beverages and ingredients for cooking.

If a student does not have access to a kitchen or doesn’t feel confident cooking meals, the “Snack” box is probably a better choice. Full of things to munch on, this box just might be the thing that helps students stumble upon new, exotic grazing goodness. “Country” boxes start at $39 per month, and the “Snack” pricing begins at $19 monthly.

7. Loot Crate

Know a college student who loves superhero figurines or anime swag? A Lootcrate subscription is a good choice, especially if there’s no comic book shop or similar retailer in the town where the person is attending classes. Each Lootcrate offers collectible items, and some are exclusively for subscribers. Contents range from wearable items to household helpers.

Prices differ depending on a Lootcrate’s theme. Rates range from $8.99 to $59.99 per month.


It’s often too easy for college students to shift into seemingly never-ending shuffles of going to classes, studying for assignments and tests and anxiously awaiting semester breaks.

These subscription boxes help them break the mold by presenting surprising and pleasant things to look forward to on a regular schedule.

Image by Porapak Apichodilok

Kayla Matthews

Kayla Matthews writes about technology and gadgets for Motherboard, MakeUseOf and The Gadget Flow. To read more posts by Kayla, check out her blog Productivity Bytes.