When you’re a student in our Southampton student halls, you are likely to be looking for stylish and interesting places to shop that are still affordable.   The good news is that Southampton is a wonderful place for student shopping with a mix of top stores, high street staples and quirky independents.  So, where to go?


West Quay

One of the largest shopping centres in Europe, with over 100 stores over 3 levels, West Quay is Southampton’s newest and largest shopping centre. It has all the top brand names you’re looking for plus a good variety of eateries on the top floor.

The Marlands

Southampton’s smaller shopping centre, with an eclectic mix of independent stores offering a quirky selection of products. It’s an ideal destination for students. There’s a CeX where you can buy, sell or exchange a range of technology and entertainment products; Poundland for all those budget essentials.  Be sure to check out Re:So, a unique retail store run by local students, selling clothing, accessories, art and other items designed by creative students and graduates.

Weekly markets

Markets run in the historic Bargate area every Friday and Saturday.   The Friday market has over 50 continental type stalls selling a wide array of products from around the globe such as olives, cheeses and a range of Fairtrade items, plus locally grown fruit and veg.
Each Saturday, as well as fruit, veg and artisan food, the market stands will be selling vintage goods, antiques and collectibles, or arts and crafts, perfect for those who love to rummage for cut-price or unusual treasures.

Hidden Gems

Everyone loves to find a unique place – we’ve done the legwork and can recommend a couple.

Pete Rhodes Books on Portsmouth Road stocks a fascinating range of antique and unusual books, with the added bonus of a relaxed seating area where you can get a drink and read at your leisure.

Beatnik Studios is your go-to place for vintage and fanciful costumes, to buy or hire – they are on Above Bar Street.


Top tip:  Don’t forget to use your NUS extra card or campus card when you’re out shopping; many shops and restaurants can offer you a student discount, making your student budget go that little bit further.