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For many people, late September means the official end of summer and the start of university. So, whether you’re gearing up for your first term or you need to stock up on new bags for the beginning of a fresh year, here are four that should see you through this highly studious (ahem) semester in style.

The North Face backpack

Bold backpack

Books, stationery, university ID, spare jumper – making sure you’re set for a long day of lectures or in the library is hard work in itself. Usually, your bag will end up bursting at the seams, so it’s a good idea to invest in a sturdy backpack like this one from The North Face.
The North Face purple backpack

With a capacity of 29 litres, you’ll have loads of room for even your heftiest textbook and it comes with a padded back for extra comfort, so you’ll only be at risk of breaking your back in a figurative sense.
Dr Martens satchel

Suave satchel

If you’ve been diligently searching for a day-to-day bag that’s both sleek and sophisticated, then this satchel from Dr Martens will help lighten your load. This leather number is 15in long, so there’s space to slip your laptop in.
Black Dr Martens satchel

Complete with a double-buckle fastening and in a neat black finish, outdo your professor with this refined piece of kit.
Patagonia bum bag

BNO bum bag

Now, let’s be honest, even the most dedicated student needs a little downtime every now and then, and what better way to take a break from your studies than with a night out? If you’re hoping to go from your seminar to sinking a few pints, you’ll need a bag that’ll carry all your essentials.
Patagonia blue bum bag detail

Cue, the streetwear fanatic's favourite: the bum bag. This brilliant blue one from ethical label Patagonia will flavour up your outfit and keep your valuables safe.

Napapijri duffle bag

Gymshark steez

Student discounts are a wonderful thing. From clothes to meals, there’s a lot of saving to do while you study. And one of the biggest perks is getting to hit the gym for a fraction of the price. 
Napapijri black duffle bag

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If you're the kind who enjoys a post-seminar session on the treadmill, you're going to need a bag that'll hold all your exercise gear. This Napapijri duffle bag is just the ticket – you'll be able to stuff your gym tee, extra socks and towel in here with no trouble at all.