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22 Of The Best Subscriptions For College Students

Because every student deserves a fun surprise that isn't a bill for tuition.

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1. Therabox, a thoughtfully curated box designed to promote happiness and reduce stress — because studying and working hard is essential, but so is a hefty dose of self-care.

What it is: A subscription curated by therapists designed to boost joy and relaxation, with each box containing a "happiness activity" plus five to seven wellness products (e.g., aromatherapy, natural/organic bath, body and skin care products, and more).Promising review: "Saving my sanity. I am currently working full time, getting my masters in social work, and interning. I have not listened to self-care advice until now. This month my crate came on a particularly bad day, and it really made a difference. I don’t usually buy or do anything for myself so I see Therabox as my reward." —NicolePrice: $34.99+/month; use code CJFIRST10 at checkout for a special discount
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What it is: A subscription curated by therapists designed to boost joy and relaxation, with each box containing a "happiness activity" plus five to seven wellness products (e.g., aromatherapy, natural/organic bath, body and skin care products, and more).

Promising review: "Saving my sanity. I am currently working full time, getting my masters in social work, and interning. I have not listened to self-care advice until now. This month my crate came on a particularly bad day, and it really made a difference. I don’t usually buy or do anything for myself so I see Therabox as my reward." —Nicole

Price: $34.99+/month; use code CJFIRST10 at checkout for a special discount

2. Coffee and a Classic, which'll let you take a break from your psych textbook and indulge in a classic novel while sipping a warm beverage — is there anything cozier???

What it is: A box that includes one book (choose from classic literature, nonfiction, and children's books), something to sip on (choose from coffee, tea, and hot chocolate), and, depending on your subscription, one to two bookish items, something to snack on, a coffee mug, and a bookmark as well.Promising review: "I am trying four different bookish boxes and Coffee and a Classic outshines them all. It is perfectly curated to the book of the month. Best of all they allow you to change the book genre. I am signing up for a year's subscription. Highly recommended to everyone." —CampinaPrice: $25+/month
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What it is: A box that includes one book (choose from classic literature, nonfiction, and children's books), something to sip on (choose from coffee, tea, and hot chocolate), and, depending on your subscription, one to two bookish items, something to snack on, a coffee mug, and a bookmark as well.

Promising review: "I am trying four different bookish boxes and Coffee and a Classic outshines them all. It is perfectly curated to the book of the month. Best of all they allow you to change the book genre. I am signing up for a year's subscription. Highly recommended to everyone." —Campina

Price: $25+/month

3. Or Second Star Books, so the YA-novel obsessed can find their new favorite author.

What it is: A subscription for fans of YA lit that includes a new hardcover book by a debut author, a candle created specifically for the featured book, a second book, and other goodies curated to supplement the featured book. Promising review: "As soon as I opened my first Second Star Books box, I knew I was right to get a six-month subscription right off the bat. The value and quality is undeniable! For under $40, you get every month: two books (May actually had three because there was a download code for a free e-book as well), a handmade and specially curated candle (I'm sensitive to scents so I was concerned I wouldn't like this, but the smell was wonderful and never too strong so as to be overwhelming), and other bookish goodies specially curated to match the theme. In May we got a tin of loose-leaf tea (which is good for reading anyway, but actually ties right in to the book) with a galaxy tea ball and mug to brew it in. Oh, I almost forgot the best part: Each box features a debut author so it's a great way to discover new YA voices (and a signed bookplate and author letter as a bonus), and then the second book ties into the same theme. Overall I just couldn't be more thrilled with this!"—RaniPrice: $39.95/month
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What it is: A subscription for fans of YA lit that includes a new hardcover book by a debut author, a candle created specifically for the featured book, a second book, and other goodies curated to supplement the featured book.

Promising review: "As soon as I opened my first Second Star Books box, I knew I was right to get a six-month subscription right off the bat. The value and quality is undeniable! For under $40, you get every month: two books (May actually had three because there was a download code for a free e-book as well), a handmade and specially curated candle (I'm sensitive to scents so I was concerned I wouldn't like this, but the smell was wonderful and never too strong so as to be overwhelming), and other bookish goodies specially curated to match the theme. In May we got a tin of loose-leaf tea (which is good for reading anyway, but actually ties right in to the book) with a galaxy tea ball and mug to brew it in. Oh, I almost forgot the best part: Each box features a debut author so it's a great way to discover new YA voices (and a signed bookplate and author letter as a bonus), and then the second book ties into the same theme. Overall I just couldn't be more thrilled with this!"—Rani

Price: $39.95/month

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4. The Walmart Beauty Box, because you're a student on a budget and $5 will give you access to tons of samples so you can find new favorite products without dropping cash on full-sized versions.

What it is: A seasonal delivery of awesome hair-care, skin-care, and other beauty products by brands sold at Walmart, sent four times a year. You only pay for shipping! Read our full review here.Price: $5 every three months
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What it is: A seasonal delivery of awesome hair-care, skin-care, and other beauty products by brands sold at Walmart, sent four times a year. You only pay for shipping! Read our full review here.

Price: $5 every three months

5. Care/of, a vitamin subscription that makes a thoughtful gift for the student in your life who'll be living away from home for the first time and could use some health-spiration.

What it is: A monthly vitamin and supplement subscription tailored to your body, lifestyle, and goals, delivered in cute-as-can-be packaging. Read our full review of it here.Price: Vitamins start at $5/month (with free shipping over $20)
Care/of

What it is: A monthly vitamin and supplement subscription tailored to your body, lifestyle, and goals, delivered in cute-as-can-be packaging. Read our full review of it here.

Price: Vitamins start at $5/month (with free shipping over $20)

6. Lunarly, for the driven student who aspires to live mindfully and with intention, using the current moon cycle as their guide.

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What it is: A wellness subscription whose contents are curated around the current moon. Boxes include stuff like houseplants, products to help with journaling and meditation, and other fun items to encourage self-growth.

Price: $40/month; save $10 by subscribing for three months

7. Flair and Paper, to keep in touch with friends from home and accessorize your desk in the absolute cutest way.

What it is: A subscription for anyone totally obsessed with stationery: Each box includes four to five greeting cards ("some sassy, some sweet") plus another one or two stationery items, totaling at least $40 retail value.Promising review: "I just received my first box today, and I loved it! I am definitely impressed. It came in a small box, not a mailer, and the presentation was great. I received four unique greeting cards, a set of three hello cards, a decorative sticky note set, gift tags, a planner clip, and a zippered pouch, and a small calendar page. All of it was good quality, cute, and it shipped on early! There were two items I probably won’t use, but it’s easily giftable and I absolutely love the other items. I’m already looking forward to my next box! The value for the money is definitely there. I subscribe to three other stationary subscriptions, and this has become my favorite." —JessPrice: $17.50+/month; use code FLAIR5 to save $5 off your first box when you sign up for 3, 6 or 12 months
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What it is: A subscription for anyone totally obsessed with stationery: Each box includes four to five greeting cards ("some sassy, some sweet") plus another one or two stationery items, totaling at least $40 retail value.

Promising review: "I just received my first box today, and I loved it! I am definitely impressed. It came in a small box, not a mailer, and the presentation was great. I received four unique greeting cards, a set of three hello cards, a decorative sticky note set, gift tags, a planner clip, and a zippered pouch, and a small calendar page. All of it was good quality, cute, and it shipped on early! There were two items I probably won’t use, but it’s easily giftable and I absolutely love the other items. I’m already looking forward to my next box! The value for the money is definitely there. I subscribe to three other stationary subscriptions, and this has become my favorite." —Jess

Price: $17.50+/month; use code FLAIR5 to save $5 off your first box when you sign up for 3, 6 or 12 months

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8. Southern Scholar Socks, because you're not gonna wanna wear those ratty ol' mismatched socks to a job fair or internship interview.

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What it is: A premium pair of dress socks delivered monthly.

Promising review: "I ordered a one-year subscription for my boyfriend's birthday and he absolutely loves them! The designs are fun but also conservative for a professional workplace — a great balance. They are of great quality and comfortable, and on top of the subscription, I ordered sock from the Member's Shop because my boyfriend wanted more! Whenever I emailed Kevin (the founder) regarding my orders, I received helpful and friendly responses quickly." —Amy

Price: $15+/month; get 20% off your first order with code CJ20

9. Atlas Coffee Club, to gift the student with a passion for a good brew who needs a little extra boost to pull that all-nighter off.

What it is: A subscription that sends you top-notch coffee from a new country every month and can be tailored to your preferences — e.g., type of roast, and whole beans vs. ground coffee. All beans are sustainably produced by farmers who "utilize holistic and best in class farming practices" and each delivery comes with info about and postcards from that month's origin country. Read a full review of this subscription here.Price: $60 for a three-month subscription, $109 for a six-month subscription, or $199 for a yearlong subscription.
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What it is: A subscription that sends you top-notch coffee from a new country every month and can be tailored to your preferences — e.g., type of roast, and whole beans vs. ground coffee. All beans are sustainably produced by farmers who "utilize holistic and best in class farming practices" and each delivery comes with info about and postcards from that month's origin country. Read a full review of this subscription here.

Price: $60 for a three-month subscription, $109 for a six-month subscription, or $199 for a yearlong subscription.

10. A SnackSack box, which'll come especially in handy when you're cramming for exams and need an endless supply of non-junky snacks on hand to get you through the week.

What it is: A box overflowing with delicious, high-quality snacks; choose from classic, vegan, and gluten-free options.Promising review: "This is my first SnackSack box, and I must say, it will not be my last! The simple fact that these snacks are healthy and natural makes it great! $22 a month for 10-12 healthy snacks?! It's a steal! Can't wait for next month's box." —DionnaPrice: $22.95+/month
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What it is: A box overflowing with delicious, high-quality snacks; choose from classic, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Promising review: "This is my first SnackSack box, and I must say, it will not be my last! The simple fact that these snacks are healthy and natural makes it great! $22 a month for 10-12 healthy snacks?! It's a steal! Can't wait for next month's box." —Dionna

Price: $22.95+/month

11. Scribbler, a subscription box for writers, curated by authors, for the English or creative writing major who's ready to jump-start their career.

What it is: A box designed to help writers stay motivated, improve their craft, and connect with publishing professionals.Promising review: "Two boxes in, and I'm a fangirl! You get various writing items and a book, along with support from writers and those in publishing. I'm glad I subscribed to this box. No regrets!" —LatanyaPrice: $29.99/month
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What it is: A box designed to help writers stay motivated, improve their craft, and connect with publishing professionals.

Promising review: "Two boxes in, and I'm a fangirl! You get various writing items and a book, along with support from writers and those in publishing. I'm glad I subscribed to this box. No regrets!" —Latanya

Price: $29.99/month

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12. Escape the Crate, an "escape the room" game you can play with your roomies on a rainy day without even having to leave the confines of your dorm!

What it is: A game where you must solve a mystery in under an hour by cracking codes, figuring out riddles, and solving puzzles.Promising review: "The puzzles are clever and utilize different props and goodies. The stories are nice. The kit can be reset, so share them with a friend. The game is a good length and I'm very happy with how much value I get for the price." —IsaacPrice: $29.99 every two months; use code LOCKPICK for 10% off your order
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What it is: A game where you must solve a mystery in under an hour by cracking codes, figuring out riddles, and solving puzzles.

Promising review: "The puzzles are clever and utilize different props and goodies. The stories are nice. The kit can be reset, so share them with a friend. The game is a good length and I'm very happy with how much value I get for the price." —Isaac

Price: $29.99 every two months; use code LOCKPICK for 10% off your order

13. Nailed It, because you're a broke undergrad who deserves to have some poppin' nails even if a regular salon appointment is beyond your budget.

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What it is: A delivery of premium nail art supplies, including water decals, stamping plates, glitters, holo powders, stencils and more. You just provide the polish!

Promising review: "I've gotten two of these boxes already and I'm not disappointed. The box comes with nail decal designs, a stamping pad, some sort of jewels, and another little bonus or two each month. Very pretty." —Alexandra

Price: $14.95+/month

14. QuocoNow, a kitchen-tools kit subscription perfect for the undergrad who's moved out of the dorms and is living on their own for their first time.

What it is: A delivery of fun, innovative, and space-saving kitchen tools to stock your new (shared) kitchen with.Promising review: "Having recently moved into my first apartment, I have wanted all of the gadgets that I got from my Quoco Now subscription, but who has the time to shop for these! They show up at my door monthly and some I didn't even know I needed and now use daily. Plus I love the getting new tips on the blog!" —CassandraPrice: $35.83+/month
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What it is: A delivery of fun, innovative, and space-saving kitchen tools to stock your new (shared) kitchen with.

Promising review: "Having recently moved into my first apartment, I have wanted all of the gadgets that I got from my Quoco Now subscription, but who has the time to shop for these! They show up at my door monthly and some I didn't even know I needed and now use daily. Plus I love the getting new tips on the blog!" —Cassandra

Price: $35.83+/month

15. And Piquant Post, a spice subscription that'll provide some inspiration for making meals when the same old dining-hall options have lost their luster.

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What it is: A monthly subscription that includes four region-specific spices/blends with corresponding recipe cards — e.g., one month you might get an Indian-themed spice kit with recipes for saag tofu and chicken tikka masala; the next you might find a Caribbean mix of Jamaican jerk seasoning and sweet gingerbread spice with recipes for gingerbread pancakes and Jamaican fish stew. Read the full review here.

Promising review: "I've made three of the four recipes I've received so far and they have all been a) easy to make b) way superior to my own cooking and c) delicious. I'm super into it." —Annie


Price:
$9.99+/month

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16. Adults & Crafts Crate, because even if you're not an arts major, immersing yourself in a creative project is good for the soul (...and a good way to procrastinate getting started on that paper).

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What it is: A delivery of all the materials, tools, and instructions you'll need for a fun craft project every month — which can vary from wood burning to terrariums to cement work.

Promising review: "I am impressed by the quality and concept of this artistic box! First, you get everything you need to do a project. No running around finding supplies. The art projects are fun, as easy or complicated as you choose and, again, all the supplies are included! (Sometimes you need your own scissors.) I would recommend this box as a great gift for artists of any age or experience. Also a great box for self care by investing some of your valuable time into something creative and handmade by you! Big fun!" —Amber

Price: $30/month; use code GETCRAFTY to get free shipping on your first month

17. FaceMask Tonight, for anyone who loves trying new beauty products — and taking creepy sheet-mask selfies to send to their friends (it never gets old).

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What it is: A personalized face-mask subscription with options for 4, 8, or 12 high-quality masks per delivery.

Promising review: "I ordered the eight masks/month option for normal to dry skin. I liked the selection: a lot of calming and moisturizing primarily, but other options too. Great deal!" —Elizabeth

Price: $11.99+/month

18. House Plant Box, the easiest way to add some green decor to your dorm or rented digs!

What it is: A monthly box of houseplants with descriptions and care guides, plus random surprises like plant fertilizer, planters, and display stands. Choose from air plants, succulents, or indoor houseplants.Promising review: "When I first subscribed, I was a bit hesitant about receiving plants in the mail. But thankfully House Plant Box packed the plants securely and the plants arrived in perfect shape! My first month's plant arrived (Peperomia) and it was tall, healthy, and packaged nicely. I would highly recommend trying the Houseplant Box out!" —Jake Price: $12+/month
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What it is: A monthly box of houseplants with descriptions and care guides, plus random surprises like plant fertilizer, planters, and display stands. Choose from air plants, succulents, or indoor houseplants.

Promising review: "When I first subscribed, I was a bit hesitant about receiving plants in the mail. But thankfully House Plant Box packed the plants securely and the plants arrived in perfect shape! My first month's plant arrived (Peperomia) and it was tall, healthy, and packaged nicely. I would highly recommend trying the Houseplant Box out!" —Jake

Price: $12+/month

19. Paper Kitty, for anyone who's #TeamCat and a sucker for all things impossibly cute.

What it is: Super-fun, whimsical stationery supplies sure to instantly brighten your day.Promising review: "I was so delighted with this box of stationery delights! If you love kitties and planner supplies and just UNIQUE stuff you cant find elsewhere, subscribe! I was pleasantly surprised and give it two thumbs up!!! Such cute fun in my mailbox." —GaryPrice: $12.99+/month; use code HALFOFF to get a special discount on 6- or 12-month subscriptions
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What it is: Super-fun, whimsical stationery supplies sure to instantly brighten your day.

Promising review: "I was so delighted with this box of stationery delights! If you love kitties and planner supplies and just UNIQUE stuff you cant find elsewhere, subscribe! I was pleasantly surprised and give it two thumbs up!!! Such cute fun in my mailbox." —Gary

Price: $12.99+/month; use code HALFOFF to get a special discount on 6- or 12-month subscriptions

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20. A Meditation Essentials subscription, to help you focus and manage the stress of your workload by providing a framework for regular meditative practice.

What it is: Unique meditation products from around the world for both beginners and those who have been meditating for a while — including resourceful books, affirmations, and quality products that'll provide guidance and encouragement to help life your best life.Promising review: "I am so happy I found this box! I just received my third one and I just had to leave another review. This subscription is a keeper. It brings me great joy and everything is beautiful! I am a meditator for life and so grateful." —SheilaPrice: $28.75+/month
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What it is: Unique meditation products from around the world for both beginners and those who have been meditating for a while — including resourceful books, affirmations, and quality products that'll provide guidance and encouragement to help life your best life.

Promising review: "I am so happy I found this box! I just received my third one and I just had to leave another review. This subscription is a keeper. It brings me great joy and everything is beautiful! I am a meditator for life and so grateful." —Sheila

Price: $28.75+/month

21. A What's In Your Box? subscription that promotes sexual health, because let's be real — you're probably gonna be gettin' it on, and whether it's with a partner or yourself, you should always be safe and satisfied.

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What it is: A discreet delivery of products for sexual health, pleasure, hygiene, self-care, and empowerment — including toys, lubricants, pH-balancing remedies, and "a variety of vagina-friendly items."

Promising review: "I really like getting these boxes full of treats that I wouldn't normally purchase for myself. It's like having a trustworthy, sex-knowledgable friend that recommends all these great products just for me." —Chelsea

Price: $21+/month

22. And a MasterClass pass, for the student who wants to supplement their accredited education with inspirational online classes covering pretty much anything they want to learn, hone, or master — from comedy to cooking.

What it is: Access to more than 30 classes over the span of a year on MasterClass, which offers online video courses taught by big-name celebs (like Annie Leibovitz on photography and Shonda Rhimes on writing for television).Price: $180/year
MasterClass

What it is: Access to more than 30 classes over the span of a year on MasterClass, which offers online video courses taught by big-name celebs (like Annie Leibovitz on photography and Shonda Rhimes on writing for television).

Price: $180/year

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