As home to one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, Southampton is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of retail therapy. Shoppers won’t be left disappointed by the selection of goods on offer; the two universities and the thriving student population have attracted top brands and quirky independent stores to Southampton’s expansive retail spaces.
Don’t forget to use your NUS extra card or campus card when you’re at the till; many shops and restaurants can offer you a student discount. You'll receive your campus card during welcome week, and you can apply for an NUS card at the Students' Union or online.
When it first opened in 2000, Westquay was the biggest city centre shopping mall in Europe. Spanning three floors and with over 100 shops, it's the perfect spot to indulge in some retail therapy. From top clothing retailers like H&M, Hugo Boss, Office and Superdry to high-tech havens Apple and Red 5; you're bound to find something that takes your fancy.
The top floor is dedicated to dining. All the fast food eateries you would expect are present and accounted for, as well as a few less casual options including Wagamama, Yo! Sushi and Pizza Express.
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The Marlands is Southampton’s smaller shopping centre and can be found just a five minute walk up the high street from Westquay. Although there isn’t as wide a selection of shops as West Quay, The Marlands is home to some student favourites including Poundland and Savers, perfect for cut price toiletries and cleaning products.
Visitors to The Marlands can also enjoy a bit of light hearted fun in the Disney Store or trade in their unwanted electricals for some second hand bargains at CEX. Also, while you're there, make sure you visit Solent's very own student run shop, Re:So.
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High Street and Above Bar Street
Southampton’s main outdoor shopping venue is the High Street and Above Bar Street, two connected roads that stretch past the entrances to both Westquay and The Marlands. Shoppers here tend to gravitate towards the ever-popular Primark, but Topshop, Boots, Urban Outfitters, Dr Marten's, TK Maxx and many more are all available on this busy shopping street.
Southampton city centre market runs on Fridays and Saturdays in the pedestrianised area by the Bargate and Above Bar. Stalls sell fresh fruit, continental foods, baked goods, cosmetics and crafts from all over the world. Be sure to keep an eye out for the ‘Happy Hotdog Man’ and the make-your-own slushy stall, both local favourites.
On each Saturday, there is a different specialist market selling either artisan food, vintage goods, antiques and collectibles, or arts and crafts, perfect for those who love to rummage for cut-price or unusual treasures.
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