Being a student brings many benefits – access to high quality learning, the chance to meet new people, cheap beer and, most importantly, tonnes of discounts.

Bluewater, Bexleyheath Broadway and intu Bromley shopping centres are hosting special student nights with late opening, up to 30 per cent off at big-name stores and other fun.

Bluewater’s Student Lock In is from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, October 2, and aside from great discounts, a huge range of restaurants and a cinema, there will be activities including DJ trucks and giveaways.

Bexleyheath Broadway Shopping Centre’s Student Lock In is on Thursday, October 16.

Register in advance at

Intu Bromley’s student night is a inbetween the other two, on October 9. Find out more at

To help this year’s fresher’s, here’s News Shopper’s top 10 list of student essentials.

A laptop or a tablet

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Having somewhere to store all of your work is a necessity, and maybe even more importantly, back it up!


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For when you’re relaxing watching a film or popping to the supermarket.

Kitchen utensils

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Frying pans, saucepans, knives and forks are all essential to survival.


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For when you need to block out your housemates and get your work done


News Shopper: Trainers at Bluewater

Because you'll no doubt end up running to the odd lecture having overslept. 


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These are a great way to jazz up a dull university room/hide scuffs, stains and holes.

A backpack or messenger bag

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Great for transporting books and folders to and from University

Portable iPod speakers

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These are perfect for your University room and easily transportable.

A laundry bin

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Look tidy without actually doing any washing.


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You’ll never have enough pens.