Try use any Surface device in bed, or on the couch, or wherever... horrible.
Microsoft continues to not bother releasing a rigid keyboard dock, which makes the device really unusable in a multitude of situations.
I can tell you must be a regular in the fiction isle at the library, because that is just rubbish.
Surface is fine anywhere and the type cover is built well and has back lit keys.
When I don't need the keyboard, I just fold it around the back and it disengages the keys so I can hold the tablet normally without disconnecting the keyboard.
Also the SP3 is lighter, cheaper and faster than the Mac (no surprises there... its becoming a cliche that every vendor is cheaper than Apple).
Fanboy, go back home and come back when Apple actually have something worthy of competing in a 2014 market.
I have owned an HP Envy x2, a Surface Pro 2 (I purchased day 1 of its availability) and now a Dell Venue 11 Pro (with a battery keyboard), the devices that were most practical are those with a rigid hinge accessory, I'd love to see you use your Surface Pro 3 in bed, or on a soft surface. My critique is based on my actual use of most convertible devices, when holding onto a tablet is a pain in the butt when you want to watch a movie, when every time you need to work at something that isn't a desk you need to constantly worry about the Surface toppling forward.
I recommend a Macbook Air as it is the most suitable device for a student. Battery life is consistent and long lasting (Meaning not needing to bring a charger to university, and trusting the battery will give you an accurate representation of what's actually left). It's also small and light, and with a build quality that is suitable for wear and tear in a backpack (Without an expensive extra keyboard, the surface screen is exposed). It also includes everything you need in the box, where as with the Surface you need to buy a keyboard.
I also recommend what will be the most easy to use and most easily supported device, which will be the Macbook.
I like to base my recommendations on the actual use case of the user, which requires a durable machine that doesn't require compromise, something that the Surface Pro isn't capable of...