Between overpriced textbooks, sky-high rent, and one too many nights out with classmates, many college students (this writer included!) find themselves strapped for cash when it comes time to take a break from studying and actually shop. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered.
From taking advantage of not-so-secret student discounts to knowing where to find deceptively elegant yet affordable buys, we’re ready to spill some of our best shopping tips for students. Below, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite retailers that will get you through your college years and beyond. Keep scrolling to check out the best sites to shop and scoop up a few of our favorite finds, too.
Madewell is the master of effortless style. Think slouchy tees, perfectly worn-in leather jackets, and wear-forever totes. The company also has some of the best denim around, made even more affordable when you donate your old jeans and get $20 off a new pair as thanks. Oh, and don’t forget that they’ll give 15% off your purchase when you show a valid student ID in-store. You’re welcome.
ASOS is the one-stop fashion destination for finding anything you’re looking for. With more than 850 brands, the site boasts everything from the perfect white tees to statement-making colored culottes. This student is particularly a fan of the huge shoe selection and high-end–looking coats (see below). Just don’t forget to sign up on UniDays to receive your 10% student discount before checking out!
Cool girls everywhere rejoiced when Topshop finally touched down in the U.S. after slobbering over the celeb-fave brand for as long as they could remember. Where else can you actually afford clothes from a brand that shows at fashion week? Students looking to score a piece from one of their many amazing collaborations will be happy to know that this company also offers a student discount: 10% in-store as well as online when you sign up with Student Beans.
& Other Stories
& Other Stories has created a beautiful marriage between trend-driven and longevity, the latter being music to a broke student’s ears. It’s the best place to stock your wardrobe with basics like crisp button-downs and cashmere sweaters you’ll never want to take off.
You know that inner squeal of delight you feel when a friend asks you how much money you spent on something you’re wearing and you know you got it for a steal? Urban Outfitters is the place you can get those designer-looking items on a college-student budget. The attention to detail in the utterly contemporary and versatile collections is what will give you that high-street look without the high-anxiety price tag.
Free People may be known for its bohemian aesthetic, but the retailer offers a lot more than that. From cozy cardigans to sleek dresses, there’s something for everyone.