Hollywood tells us that shopping for clothes should always be a montage involving two best friends and an unlimited budget, but the realities of trying to clothe yourself on a tight budget don’t always feel so fun.
Shopping on a budget doesn't always mean sacrificing style, but it helps to know what your options are (and where they are in relation to campus). Here are a few tips that we've put together:
Using charity shops can be a great way to get hold of good-quality clothes at a discount. There are lots in Plymouth city centre, but there are also some closer to campus.
Close to campus:
St Luke’s charity shop in the Transit Way Tesco precinct
There are less charity shops on Mutley Plain than there were pre-Covid, but the Shekinah charity shop near The Hyde Park has an Instagram account that shows off some of their favourite items, and the outfits you could put together if you bought them.
For clothes, the Barnado’s in the Armada Way shopping centre has one of the wider selections, although some of the items can be more expensive than your usual charity shop price. There is also a large St Luke’s and a PDSA adjacent to each other on Cornwall Street, just outside Drake Circus.
You’ll find St Luke’s Hospice charity shops are located across the city. In their larger stores they also offer used furniture, which might be helpful if you decide to live off-campus. They are also connected to B.Kinda, and online service offering pre-loved women’s clothing through a “blind box” system. You can find their website here: https://www.bkinda.co.uk/
Here are some additional tips that might help you save money on your clothing shop: