If you're new to the city, and the UK more generally, we thought a guide to some of the places you can buy different things might be helpful, whether it's food for your dinner, or you need to buy some other essentials such as bedding and toiletries.
There are lots of supermarket chains around the city, catering to a range of budgets and preferences. Aldi and Lidl are usually great for cheap food, whilst stores like ASDA and Tesco tend to have the biggest stores with the widest range of items on sale. You'll find a mix of larger stores and smaller 'convenience' stores, sometimes from the same chain.
Larger supermarkets have the widest range of items on sale and often sell homeware items like kitchen equipment, bedding, and even clothes as well as the usual food, toiletries, cleaning items etc.
Smaller stores have a smaller range/amount of choice and can be slightly more expensive than larger stores so usually aren't the cheapest option for buying your main shopping.
Larger supermarkets near Campus:
- Aldi St John's shopping centre
- Lidl – Lime Street (opening soon) and London Road
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- Tesco Hanover Street
Smaller supermarkets near Campus:
- Matta's International Food Bold Street
- LIV Organic and Natural Food Market
- SIDA Chinese and Oriental Supermarket Bold Street
- 中華行 Hardy Street
- Purple Carrot (vegan) Smithdown Road
- A number of Chinese stores along Myrtle Street
Markets are also a good way to buy food like fruit and vegetables cheaply, as are shops like fruit and veg grocers. Have a look at St John's market in the city centre, and others locally.
Other stores to look out for:
Some other shops that are worth visiting are places like Home Bargains, B&M Stores, and Poundland. These shops are discount stores that offer a range of homewares, kitchen items, toiletries, cleaning products, some food items (tinned, packets etc, not usually fresh food), stationery and other items at a cheap price.
Near to Campus:
- Home Bargains Audley Street, St Johns Shopping Centre, Hanover Street
- B&M London Road
- Poundland St Johns Centre