Choosing the Best Bluetooth Speakers for College

Choosing the Best Bluetooth Speakers for College

Posted by House of Marley on Aug 18th 2022

With a fresh college semester around the corner, you’re probably stocking up on textbooks and ramen noodles or updating your wardrobe—but you can’t start the semester without Bluetooth speakers. 

Bluetooth speakers are a great addition to any dorm room, apartment or backpack. Aside from being convenient, they’re the best way to bring music into big parties, casual hangs or even intense study sessions. And you don’t need to know everything about audio to find the best Bluetooth speaker for college.

House of Marley has you covered! Keep reading to learn more about the best Bluetooth speakers for college. 

What to Look for in a Bluetooth Speaker for College

The best Bluetooth speakers offer stellar sound and are the way to listen to share music with friends. Here’s a closer look at why Bluetooth speakers are great for laid-back time with your crew, impromptu dance parties, late-night study sessions and every moment in between and what to look for in the speaker you bring to college.. 


First and foremost, your Bluetooth speaker should sound amazing. A good Bluetooth speaker allows you to hear every detail of your music—deep bass, punchy rhythm and clear vocals whereas a bad one can sound brittle or mushy. 


The key to great sound starts with speaker drivers, which physically produce the sound you hear. House of Marley Bluetooth speakers feature high-quality drivers that deliver balanced, full-range sound. From earth-shaking bass to crystal-clear highs, your music will sound vibrant and full. 

However, not all drivers are designed for high-quality sound. Low-quality Bluetooth speakers have budget drivers that lack detail, punch and clarity. As a result, your music might sound muffled, tinny or less exciting than you’re used to due to poor bass response and definition. 

With high-quality speaker drivers, you’ll feel every beat, whether you’re listening to moody R&B hits, pop-punk anthems, classic rock, reggae, the hottest pop singles or anything in between.  


You deserve tech that’s just plain easy to use and enjoy. But first, let’s talk about some of the pain points you might experience with the Bluetooth speakers that advertise themselves as budget options for college students. Budget Bluetooth speakers often lack the convenient features that make listening to music seamless. Despite their affordability, they feature limited controls and shoddy Bluetooth connectivity. 

Worst of all, budget speakers lack the latest Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth devices use short-range radio signals to communicate. However, if the Bluetooth connection isn’t top-notch, your speaker won’t be able to receive a strong signal. That means if you’re nominated “DJ” of the party, you’ll have a hard time playing music without the connection cutting out, even if you feel like you should be well-within range. 

The only “convenient” thing about budget Bluetooth speakers is where you can find them—convenience stores, mall kiosks and sketchy Instagram ads. Although these speakers will technically get the job done, we recommend investing in something that you won’t outgrow in a semester or two. 

Enjoying music should feel effortless. The best Bluetooth speakers for college deliver a seamless listening experience, so you’ll never miss a second of your favorite albums, playlists or podcasts. 

In addition to reliably syncing to your phone and computer via advanced Bluetooth technology, premium speakers feature long-lasting batteries, spare inputs for “passing the aux” and built-in speakerphones for hands-free calls—our Get Together Bluetooth Speaker has all of the above! 


Can your Bluetooth speaker ace the test of time, or will it end up in a landfill before finals? 

Budget Bluetooth speakers are rarely made with durability or longevity in mind. From fragile plastic faceplates to flimsy grilles, the components will break before the semester ends—and seeking a replacement budget speaker is just putting a bandaid on the problem. 

However, there are plenty of quality Bluetooth speakers that feature premium materials that won’t break on you. At House of Marley, we design durable Bluetooth speakers that are built to last. For example, our speaker faceplates are crafted from natural bamboo, which has a tensile strength that’s stronger than steel. Thanks to their rugged build quality, they can survive the usual ‘wear and tear’ of college—moving, parties, hangouts in the park and more. 


You don’t have to stay in your room to enjoy your favorite tunes—let the beat follow you to the quad and beyond. Portable Bluetooth speakers let you take the party down the hall or up the block. 

Portable Bluetooth speakers are small enough to fit in a backpack. While size is an important factor, there are other features that define what it means to be a portable Bluetooth speaker, like durability. 

More importantly, even portable Bluetooth speakers should feature the latest Bluetooth technology. We our Get Together Portable Bluetooth Speaker, which supports wireless connections up to 98 feet away! The music will keep flowing, no matter where the party goes. 

The Best Bluetooth Speakers for College 

Now that you know what to look for in Bluetooth speakers, we can help you narrow down the field and find the best Bluetooth speaker for college.


The House of Marley Get Together Portable Bluetooth Speaker is an excellent all-around option for listening to music in your room or on-the-go. 

Music lovers choose the Get Together Bluetooth Speaker to fill their space with warm, balanced sound. Featuring 3.5” woofers and 1” tweeters, you’ll experience an immersive sound that you can enjoy all day. It also supports a wireless connection that spans 98 feet so you won’t lose the beat while chasing a frisbee with friends on the quad.

High-quality sound is just the beginning. The Get Together Portable Bluetooth Speaker is made for seamless everyday listening, thanks to its long-lasting rechargeable battery. In addition to eight hours of battery life, it's powerful enough to charge your phone (or another USB device) and play music at the same time!

Looking for something even smaller? Grab the Get Together Mini Bluetooth Speaker and enjoy similar features in a smaller package. 


Bag of Riddim 2 goes wherever the rhythm takes you. Sling this powerful speaker over your shoulder with the built-in carrying strap, perfect for enjoying your favorite playlist in the quad, on day hikes or whatever adventures you find yourself on.

Bag of Riddim 2 provides warm, balanced sound with plenty of volume on tap. Featuring 3.5” woofers and a 1” tweeter, you’ll experience lively rhythm, vibrant melodies and unmatched vocal clarity. Advanced Bluetooth technology allows you to stream flawless audio wherever you take it. 

No matter what your schedule looks like, Bag of Riddim 2 can keep up. With ten hours of battery life, you can listen to music all day—and quickly juice up via our quick-charge technology so you can keep the party going all night. 


Our portable speakers are the ultimate on-the-go companions, but the Get Together Duo Bluetooth Speakers will make you the envy of the dorm. Compact yet powerful, these Bluetooth speakers deliver balanced stereo sound for dorm rooms and apartments. 

Experience rich, powerful audio while you’re studying from your desktop or hosting increasingly popular listening parties and TV show viewings in your dorm. Each speaker features full-range drivers that deliver bass and treble clarity, so you’ll be able to hear—and feel—the sound of your music, movies and video games. 

With advanced Bluetooth technology, the Get Together Duo Bluetooth Speakers do it all. Stream audio from a mobile device or pair them with our Stir It Up Wireless Turntable to enjoy classic vinyl records—the choice is all yours. 

Best of all, they look stunning in any dorm. The Get Together Duo Bluetooth Speakers are crafted with natural bamboo and our sleek REWIND Fabric to create a refined-but-modern, eye-catching aesthetic. Whether you place them on a desk or bookshelf, they’ll match your style and fill your space with big, powerful sound.   

Start Your Semester with Marley Sound

The best Bluetooth speakers for college offer superior sound, convenience, portability and high-quality materials. From the Get Together Bluetooth Speaker or the Bag of Riddim 2, House of Marley Bluetooth speakers are a great option for college students.