No matter if you’re a newbie to Sunderland or a returning student, there’s no better way to feel settled in the city than with a shopping spree.

Here at the Bridges, we’ve picked out our favourite homeware and everyday essentials to help you get the academic year off to a great start.


Next, Bobble Cushion

A pop of colour can bring life to your student accommodation and a bright cushion is an easy way to achieve this. Thanks to our recently expanded homeware department in Next, we have plenty of options for you to choose from.

Price £14


The Works, Vintage Floral Collapsible Storage Box

Whether you’ve been lucky enough to score the biggest room of the house or found yourself with the smallest, having good storage can be a lifesaver. These patterned boxes are easy to tuck away in a wardrobe or under the bed and are nice to look at too.

Price £7 or 2 for £10


Waterstones, The Macmillan Student Planner 2020-21

Organisation is the key to success and having an effective planner is a simple way to keep on top of lectures, deadlines and extra curriculars. This one includes study skills advice, timetables, habit trackers, personal finance guidance and more.

Price £9.99


TK Maxx, Rose Gold Photo Frame


Displaying your favourite photos is an easy way to make a new room feel more like home. These stylish frames are perfect for propping up on a desk or shelf to remind you of good times with your friends and family.

Price £4.99


Tesco, Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

Sometimes you just need some caffeine to get you through the day. Not only does Tesco stock a range of Starbucks’ favourites, but we’re also lucky enough to have Starbucks, Esquires Coffee, Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee outlets in the centre.

Price £1.70


Primark, Palm Print Double Duvet

Inject some personality into your room with a patterned duvet cover, with lots of options to choose from at Primark for a great price. Pick something neutral and then go for colourful cushions, or go bold with a bright design.

Price £11


Debenhams, Breathe Elderflower and Mint Candle


When student life gets stressful, never underestimate the power of a scented candle. Whether it’s a calming scent during an all-nighter studying in your room or accompanying a self-care evening with your friends, the right candle can make all the difference.

Price £8.50