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NE1’s Freshers Shopping Guide to Newcastle

You’re off to the greatest city in the world to study - hurrah! Whether you’re staying at home or on campus, this no doubt means a massive shopping trip is on the horizon…

Get Freshers Week boxed off with these stellar NE1 stores as you kit out your wardrobe and overhaul your new pad with that student loan…


Cool clobber >>

October in the North East leaves a fair amount of students out in the cold when it comes to dressing for life in our city. Luckily for you, the Toon has a raft of high-street brands ready to add a bit of warmth to your day...





Stand up to the Toon’s autumnal weather with H&M’s stunning collection of women’s coats and jackets. Expect to find practical parkas, wonderful wooly delights and cool puffer jackets. Whatever your style and temperature threshold, one trip to this beloved Northumberland Street haunt will have you looking nice and toasty. 



JD Sports



Have you seen JD’s stunning autumn 2021 range yet? Boasting the latest from The North Face, cool kicks from Nike and stylish clobber from Lacoste, JD are packed to the rafters with searingly hot brands that’ll have you kitted out as the cold-weather draws in.



River Island



River Island has dropped a ton of warm cover stars this season and they’re the perfect bit of kit when it comes to fending off that bitter Northerly breeze. Make a style statement with an iconic puffer jacket, keep it classic with a belted trench coat or turn heads with a fur-trimmed winter coat. Whichever style you choose, River Island’s new season staples guarantee cosy vibes.



Inspiring interiors (finally!) >>

You’re finally free of your parents' magnolia walls - hurrah! Now is your chance to put your own interior stamp on things by diving into the cool homeware shops dotted across the Toon…





Style your space with purse-pleasing home accessories from Primark. Whether your home decor leans towards a minimalist or maximalist aesthetic, find something to suit your style from their range of lush home furnishings.






With all that dosh burning a hole in your pocket, you may as well bag the best when it comes to furnishing your new pad. Next, a.k.a - the land of all things homely and nice, is packed full of luxurious bedding, kitchen essentials, the all-important pasta bowls and a cool range of succulents. 






Nothing says ‘student loan flex’ like dropping the majority of your new dosh on a lavish homeware item. Luckily for you, our friends at Fenwick are packed to the rafters with a range of luxury bedding, innovative alarm clocks and more paraphernalia - head here and discover the things you never knew you needed for your new crib...



TK Maxx



Fall for big discounts on designer homeware items this autumn with a mooch over to TK Maxx’s shopping mecca on Northumberland Street. Expect to find quality stationery for all those seminars and lectures, homeware bargains to get your new digs looking stylish, and super-value cookware for those week-long ‘delicious’ pasta meals.



Stylish stationery >>

No good looking cool in your trendy new wardrobe if you’re arriving at lectures with below-par stationery. These terrific Toon stores will soon have you kitted out with stylish stationery in no time!





Yes, you still need those all-important biros and notepads for that 9:00am Tuesday morning lecture. Thankfully for you, Paperchase has all the term-time essentials you could possibly need to nail those pesky, never-ending assignments.



WH Smith



From new textbooks and stationery to help you hit those word counts, to the laptop bag and coffee cup you’ll be carrying around campus, a trip to WH Smith is a must when it comes to sourcing stellar stationery. To make that student loan stretch that little bit further, you can save an extra 10% on your uni haul with the WH Smith student discount - you’ll find this stationery metropolis near the bottom of Northumberland Street and it’s got absolutely everything you need to boss that degree. 


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