Looking for the best places to shop in Liverpool?
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 for a quick lunch on campus, food for your dinner, or you need to buy some other essentials such as bedding and toiletries.
Supermarkets (click on each link for map location)
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 don't normally have ranges like homeware or clothes. They are often used for buying lunch or one off essentials you might need to buy without going back to a bigger store. They can be slightly more expensive than larger stores so usually aren't the cheapest option for buying your main shopping.
Larger supermarkets near Campus:
Larger supermarkets near the Student Villages:
- Tesco Mather Avenue
- ASDA Smithdown Road (easily accessible from campus via the 699 bus)
- Aldi Smithdown Road (easily accessible from campus via the 699 bus)
- Iceland Allerton Road or Penny Lane Shopping Centre
Smaller supermarkets near Campus:
There are also a number of specialist supermarkets around to city too, for example Chinese supermarkets or those specialising in vegan food.
- Matta's International Food Bold Street
- 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, or check out Allerton Road if you're living in the Student Villages.
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
Near the Student Villages:
Looking for bedding and kitchen items?
As well as the larger supermarkets and discount stores listed above, if you're living in one of our Halls on Campus it is also worth visiting TJ Hughes on London Road.