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There are various areas of the city that you can shop in. These include the city centre, Temple Cowley shopping area, Cowley Road and Headington. Pick up a free map at the International Student Meeting Point to locate these.
Most people buy food for cooking at home from a supermarket. You can either go in person or buy online and have it delivered. Popular cheaper supermarkets are Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Iceland. Others e.g. Waitrose, the Co-op and Sainsburys may be convenient depending on where you live.
We run shopping tours in arrivals weekend but if you arrive later, students you live with will tell you where your local supermarket is.
The Cowley Road has shops and restaurants selling food from around the world and halal products. We recommend walking along the Cowley Road from the Cape of Good Hope pub at St Clements to explore these options when you first arrive. Headington is the closest shopping area to the University.
If you are new to cooking for yourself and want some fun tips on cooking and eating healthily, visit www.studentcooking.tv
There are some charity shops in Headington which sell second-hand clothes, shoes, furniture and lots of things you might want for a new house. You can also find second-hand things on:GumtreeDaily InfoFreecycle
For a list of shops in Oxford click here.
You can choose to buy a National Union of Student (NUS) Extra card which will give you a discount at lots of places e.g. restaurants, cinema, travel.
You can also choose to add on International Student Identity card (ISIC) to also include international discounts.
All students at Brookes are entitled to a BROOKESkey. This is a free card. You can use it for discounted coach tickets to London, Heathrow and Gatwick and £1 trips on local buses if you pay for your bus journeys. Those students who are living in halls are entitled to free travel on Brookes buses using their card.
If you plan to travel around the UK on the train, you can get discounted train tickets by buying a 16-25 railcard or Two Together railcard.