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There are a number of big food chain stores in London where you can stock up on all your food items. Some of the main ones are: Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, ASDA.

Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer have branches on Tottenham Court Road, located in close proximity to UCL Gower Street Campus. 

The website MySupermarket helps you find the best deals on products from across four major supermarkets.


Wondering where you can get hold of all the essential items for your new room? The shops below are where you can purchase bed linen, towels, furniture and other necessary homeware items.

Argos - many of the items sold in the shop can be collected from one of their many stores whilst others are only available for home delivery. The closest branch can be found on Tottenham Court Road.

IKEA has fewer stores than Argos. There are four IKEA stores in London with the one closest to UCL Gower Street Campus being in Wembley.

Tiger - sells affordable homeware amongst other items. The closest branches can be found on Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.

There are also a number of department stores in the UK which sell homeware items, for example, Debenhams and John Lewis. Branches of these stores can all be found on Oxford Street.

Some of the bigger Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons and ASDA stores also sell homeware items and furniture.


Instead of bringing heavy bottles of shampoo and shower gel with you in your suitcase – buy them in the UK! You can get hold of most of these items in supermarkets, but for a wider range of products or more specific health/beauty items, try Boots or Superdrug. There are branches of both Boots and Superdrug near to UCL on Tottenham Court Road.


You will be spoilt for choice for clothes shops in London! Oxford Street is one of the best places for clothes shopping in London and is only a short walk away from UCL Gower Street Campus. A little further afield, you can find big shopping malls called Westfield - there's one in east London and one in west London.

Get a student discount!

Once you have your student ID card, you can take advantage of discounts in a number of shops (and restaurants, cinemas and theatres too, for that matter!). Lots of places offer a 10% discount for students so it’s always worth asking when you pay whether they offer a student discount, then just flash your ID card to get your money off!