Student Guide 2016: Shopping

Student Guide 2016: Shopping


Where to stock up on records, books, stationery and vintage finds in Glasgow and Edinburgh

Never mind big chain stores – when loan day comes, there are plenty of independent shops to peruse. We round up some of the best record, book, vintage and stationery shops for indulging in a little retail therapy

Record shops

Underground Solu'shn
Expect stacks of electronic and dance records, as well as the latest DJ and music production kit.
9 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh,

Paradise Palms
A bar with many different guises, including a small but consciously stocked record store.
41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh,

Monorail Records
A treasure trove of new releases and rarities for all tastes.
97 King Street, 12 Kings Court, Glasgow,

Glasgow's mecca for those with a taste for electronic records and music equipment.
35 Howard Street, Glasgow,

Book shops

Word Power Books
Supporting small presses and new writers through a focus on non-mainstream literature.
43–45 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh,

Golden Hare Books
Home to a hand-picked selection of international fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art.
68 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh,

Voltaire and Rousseau
Cosy bookshop brimming with rare and second-hand books and lots of character (plus sleepy cats).
12 Otago Lane, Glasgow,

Aye Aye Books
Based at the CCA and specialising in contemporary art and related literature.
350 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow,

Vintage shops

Eco-friendly and sustainable fashion for one-off garments and accessories.
9 West Port, Edinburgh,

Those Were The Days
Collections of expertly curated pieces from high end designers to vintage high street labels.
26 St Stephen Street, Edinburgh,

Mr Ben Retro Clothing
An emporium of antique kitsch, designer label bargains and glamour.
Kings Court, 101 King St, Glasgow,

The Glasgow Vintage Co
Two floors filled with eyectaching clothes from the 1950s–80s. There's 10% off for students, too.
453 Great Western Road, Glasgow,

Stationery shops

Edinburgh Art Shop
Arts and crafts supply store close to Edinburgh College of Art.
129 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh,

Greyfriars Art Shop
Providing fine art and creative supplies to students since 1840. There's also a New Town outpost on Dundas Street.
20 Greyfriars, Edinburgh,

Glasgow School of Art Shop
Stationery essentials, with each purchase supporting the school and its students.
Reid Building, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow,

Proudly serving Glasgow's creative community with all sorts of stationery and paper products for 25 years.
94 Wueen Street,