Student Guide 2014: three of the best independent shops in Glasgow

Student Guide 2014: three of the best independent shops in Glasgow

Recommendations on where to spend your loan, including Artstore, Circa Vintage and Voltaire and Rousseau

Sure, you get 10% off at Topshop – but there are plenty of local shops with great deals for discerning shoppers too. Our Shopping Editor Claire Sawers highlights a few gems


Load up with oil paints, stationery, sketchbooks and materials for lino prints, screen prints, sculpture and illustration in this Aladdin’s cave of art supplies, which offers 10% off for students. There’s a city centre branch opposite the Gallery of Modern Art, as well as one within the Glasgow School of Art.
94 Queen Street, and Haldane Building, Rose Street.

Voltaire and Rousseau

A beautiful stash of rare, secondhand books just a few minutes walk from Glasgow university campus. Sci-fi novels, poetry anthologies, philosophy textbooks, literary criticism primers and antiques are all shelved here from about £2 and up, and there’s an online store too.
12 Otago Lane.

Circa Vintage

Down the excellent jumble and antiques trail that is Ruthven Lane (just off Byres Road in the West End), Circa Vintage has a small but always interesting collection of secondhand clothes, ranging from 90s leather backpacks, 80s sheepskin and leather jackets, 50s curtains, 40s costumes jewellery, menswear and more.
37 Ruthven Lane.