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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 ingredients for cooking at home from a supermarket. Popular cheaper supermarkets include: Aldi, Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Iceland. Others, such as Waitrose, the Co-op, M&S and Sainsbury’s, may be more convenient depending on where you live, as well as Ocado (online). In the Co-op students get 10% discount with their NUS card. In the larger supermarkets, you will usually find a range of gluten-free and lactose-free products and a continental food section.
Headington is the closest shopping area to Headington Campus. There are also many shops and restaurants on Cowley Road selling food from around the world, including halal products. These shops may sell food from your home country or you may be able to buy things which are not available in the larger supermarkets.
If you are new to cooking for yourself and want some fun tips and healthy alternatives, visit 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:
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.