Portsmouth has three main shopping areas:
If you wish, you can buy everything online and have it delivered to your room/accommodation before you arrive.
Some supermarkets (Asda, Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose) offer easy online services delivering your shopping at your door.
Items to consider:
Bedding can be bought in sets in shops such as Argos from around £15. Department stores such as Marks & Spencer (Commercial Road), Knight & Lee (Southsea) and Debenhams (Commercial Road and Southsea) sell a wide variety of bedding separately. Prices will vary.
Academic texts are available from Blackwells (the Students' Union, Cambridge Road) and Waterstones (Commercial Road). Blackwells offer many book schemes to save students money. Please ask in Blackwells for more details. There are also second-hand bookshops selling cheaper books but those will not necessarily have what you are looking for. You will find many of these shops in Albert Road, Southsea and Fratton.
You will need a warm coat for the British winter. The cheapest places to buy clothes are the various second-hand shops, where a warm winter coat will cost approximately £15. New coats in the UK start from around £30 (a £30 coat may not be particularly warm) and could go up to £200 for leather or suede. You should also buy gloves, a scarf and hat!
Commercial Road offers high-street fashions at reasonable prices. At Gunwharf Quays, you will find designer label outlets (designer clothes at discount prices). If you prefer alternative clothing, Southsea offers a mixture of high-street fashions, charity shops, vintage boutiques and designer stores.
Please note that some brands such as Topshop and Miss Selfridge offer special discounts for students.
Asian and Halal foods
Toiletries and medicines
All toiletries can be bought from Boots, Superdrug, supermarkets and most chemists. Medicines will also be available in those shops ('over-the counter' medications that do not require a prescription from your doctor). However, if you want to buy prescribed medication, you need to go to a pharmacy (Boots, Rowlands). You can also purchase prescribed medication at a supermarket dispensary (Asda).
Phone cards: are available from a number of convenience stores such as WHSmiths and most newsagents.
TV licence: You must buy a TV licence if you are watching live TV or BBC Iplayer. You can get this online or from shops displaying the 'PayPoint' sign.