The guys at The Guide Liverpool (a very handy website for people new to town) have teamed up with Arriva (a bloomin' big bus company) to bring you a handy guide’s to Liverpool’s hidden bargains to ensure you get more bang for your buck! We at Antona love our students saving a bob or two, so have posted their article below...


From buying your brand new student flat essentials to splurging on a Saturday night party outfit, Liverpool’s bustling high street has it all. From food to fashion and thrifty saving, a girly day shopping or post-uni dash to the corner shop, the retail scene here is diverse and offers great value for money.

Prepare to fall in love with Koka Noodles, cash in on all the amazing student freebies at Liverpool ONE and learn what it is to enjoy a little ‘mooch’ around the independent and vintage shops.

1 – Home & Bargain

First up, we know it says Home Bargains on the shop sign, but that’s not the scouse way. Call it home & bargain and you can masquerade as a local for years! You will love this shop. Cheap brand toiletries, beauty supplies, the aforementioned Koka noodles, seriously cheap ale and all manner of cheap bits to decorate your halls too.

2 – Vintage Buys

When it comes to retro fashion, Liverpool has a lot to offer. Head down to Red Bric Vintage Hangar at the Cain’s Brewery Village and check out all the amazing furniture, oddities and fashion from way back when, plus some reworked stuff and seriously cool hats. Alternatively get to the famous Bold Street Oxfam, Cow or Take 2 for some cool retro sportswear that never goes out of style.

3 – Big Discount on High Street Brands

Liverpool ONE hosts regular shopping events throughout the year but none more worthy of your hard earned student loan than on Wednesday 26th September! The Liverpool ONE Student Event offers up freebies, giveaways, competitions and up to 50% off high street brands, restaurants and bars, all on one day! More info here. 

4 – Fashion Fix at St John’s

Let’s face it, Freshers week done properly can clear out all your go-to club night outfits in no time so treat yourself to a sassy little number from the range of shops at St John’s Shopping Centre for a cheap but fierce look! This is where you’ll pick up Halloween and freshers costumes and long socks for your pub golf outfit!

5 – Primark

Listen, you know what you’re gonna get at Primark and in Liverpool we offer 4 floors crammed full of the cheap, mass produced fun fashion we all know and love. However, hear our words of warning, do not attempt to shop here at the weekends, it’s rammed. Use your free periods to have a mooch, you’ll thank us!

6 – Sunday Treats

If you’re living in halls in the city centre, you’ll be pushed to find a super market offering better value than Aldi at St John’s. Iceland Queen Square is another winner (offers free delivery with a shop over £25 too) open from 10-4pm on Sunday’s which is when you’re most likely to realise you could eat a horse and there’s nothing in!

7 – Ride the Buses

The Liverpool City Region offers up a great bus network run by Arriva North West so spending the day shopping at Liverpool, Manchester city centre or browsing Chester’s best boutiques needn’t cost a fortune! Grab yourself a handy Arriva Student Saver pass and save on your day to day travel.

So there you have it - 7 ways to save some money in Liverpool - no excuses for not paying your rent on time now ;)