We like all of V-Moda's headphones, but the latest XS Headphones are perfect for students because the headband sits closer to the temple -- a design detail that makes for a much better overall fit for all head shapes and sizes.
While away from home a student can untether his or her speaker system with the UE Megaboom Bluetooth speaker. It's a tiny waterproof unit that gets IPX7 certification for extra toughness from the elements.
Jawbone has proven itself a valuable addition to the family. It's not cheap but it proves its worth with excellent sound quality and volume, nine different colour options, and a super lightweight (9 ounces/255 grams!) build.
If you want to take a step above Bluetooth in terms of audio quality and reliability then it's best to go wi-fi. The insanely talented Gramofon is not only cheap but it will stream music from your phone or Spotify to a set of speakers. Bonus points for acting as a wi-fi repeater to strengthen signals in weaker parts of the house.
The Sonos Play:1 is a big step up from your average wireless speaker, offered in both white and blue options, and both support streaming music services like Spotify, Amazon Cloud Player, Google Music, 7Digital, Deezer, Soundcloud and Napster.