Satisfy your retail therapy needs with these tips for the savvy student

Shopping is a necessity for all students, but when push comes to shove high street shopping can become too expensive. With Christmas fast approaching and budgets become tighter we must look to discount shopping to assist our retail therapy needs.

"Student shop in"

River Island offers no student discount, but this male and female orientated shop has “Student Shop In” events periodically throughout the year and give student card holders a massive saving of 20% instore. River Island usually promotes these events through Facebook. They can be extremely busy, but are well worth the hassle for the savings.

10% student discount

New Look and Topshop/Topman take care of their student costumer base by offering 10% discounts in their stores respectively. Together with River Island, these shops have a similar range of clothing with comparable trends and styles. These shops can be essential for some club wear and their discounts allow for their clothes to be more competitively priced than many other stores. Topshop and Topman are known to be a tad expensive at times also offer their discount on sale items for even more of a saving.

Good prices and trendy fashion

Penneys and TK Maxx don’t offer student discounts but they are shops associated with good prices and trendy fashion. Both stores are a quick and easy alternative to more expensive shops. Penney’s is located in all student towns and cities, while TK Maxx has stores located in Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Waterford, Tralee, Letterkenny, Newbridge and Cork. But remember: queues in these stores can be quite long, so be prepared!


Some people may not know that Boots offer a 10% student discount with a valid Student Travelcard.  This may help to buy make-up, tan and other going out necessities but don’t forget they are a pharmacy too so you can pick up toiletries, accessories and other cheap goodies and they may come in cheaper than some supermarkets.

The Student Travelcard is not only for discounted travel. Their website lists numerous stores which accept the discount card under a wide range of categories such as: travel, restaurants, leisure, retail and pharmacies. The website also explains how to apply for this discount card.


Other shops along the high street such as: Shoe Rack, Awear, Lifestyle Sports, Burton and Jack Jones also provide discount for students with a valid ID. Be sure to get a code when buying online too.

Student discounts are very important so make sure to utilise your advantages in these shops and be clever when shopping. A lot of shops don’t advertise student discount so when you’re at the counter don’t be afraid to ask and you many find yourself with a little discount and some money left over for a night out.

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