- Opening times
- Shops on campus
- Shops in Bath - supermarkets, bookshops, charity shops, homeware and furniture, pharmacies
- International & speciality food shops
- Watch out! Your rights as a consumer in the UK
For information on budgeting and an example shopping list comparing supermarket prices in Bath, see our 'Your finances' page...>>
Shops in the UK generally open 09:00-17:30, Monday to Saturday. Bigger shops open Sundays 11:00-16:00. There may be variations in individual shops.
- A supermarket (Fresh) stocking a wide range of Asian foods and cooking equipment, open 07:30 - 22:00
- A post office (in Fresh)
- A bookshop (Blackwell’s)
- The Students’ Union shop which sells stationery, snacks and university souvenirs
- The campus computer shop on level 2 in the Library
- Farmers market: Green Park Station (Every Saturday 09:30 - 13:30)
- Marks & Spencer: 16-18 Stall Street (Opens Mon-sat 08:00 - 19:00, Sun 10:30 - 17:00)
- Morrisons: London Road (Opens 08:00 - 21:00 Monday – Saturday and 10:00-16:00 Sunday)
- Sainsbury’s: Green Park Station (Opens 07:00 - 22:00 Monday – Saturday and 1100 - 1700 Sunday)
- Sainsbury's: Bath Southgate Local: 2-4 Dorchester Street (opens 0700 - 2300 daily)
- Sainsbury’s Local: 43 Monmouth Street (Opens 0700 - 2200 daily)
- Sainsbury's Local: Oldfield Park, 54-56 Moorland Road (opens 07:00 - 23:00 daily)
- Tesco Express: Bathwick Hill (Opens 08:00 - 21:00 daily)
- Waitrose: Northgate Street, the Podium (Opens 07:30 - 21:00 Monday – Friday, 07:30 - 20:00 Saturday, and 11:00 - 17:00 Sunday)
- George Bayntun: Manvers Street
- Good Buy Books: 6 North Parade
- Julian House secondhand bookshop: 86 Walcot Street
- Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights: 14-15 John Street ( back of Milsom Street)
- Oldfield Park Bookshop: 43 Moorland Road
- Oxfam Bookshop: 4 Lower Borough Walls
- Toppings: The Paragon
- Waterstone’s: 4 Milsom Street
- WH Smith: 6 Union Street, and 2 Marchants Passage
Charity shops, such as Oxfam, sell things given to them and the profits go to charity. Many bargains can be found in charity shops.
Homeware and furniture
Charity Shops and The Sofa Project are good for homeware and furniture. Also try:
- Argos: Victoria Buildings, Upper Bristol Road
- Cargo Homeshop: 26-27 Milsom Street
- Francis DIY & Hardware: 39 Moorland Road
- Hill's furniture: 2 Rivers Street Place
- Homebase: Pines Way (near Sainsbury’s)
- M&K Hardware: in the covered Guildhall Market
Also remember to look at the Noticeboard on the University's main page for cheap offers.
- AH Hale: 8 Argyle Street
- Boots: Msu 1, The Southgate Centre
- Boots: 35 Westgate Street
- John Preddy: 41 Moorland Road, Oldfield Park
- Lifestyle Pharmacy: 14 New Bond Street
- MG Pharmacy: 4 Widcombe Parade
- Pulteney Pharmacy: 35 Great Pulteney Street
- Superdrug: 31/32 Westgate Street, and 42 Southgate Street
Halal meat is available on campus frozen, in sandwiches and also to order. Please see the Student Union website for full details.
- Bristol Sweet Mart, 71-82 St. Marks Road, Bristol
- Ahmed Halal, 48 Stapleton Road, Bristol
- Hussein Halal, 132 Ashley Road, Bristol
International shops in Bath
- Banthon Oriental Store, 10 Brookside House, High Street, Weston (Thai and Chinese foods)
- Beaufort Stores, London Road (Pakistani, Caribbean, Chinese, Thai and Indian; open 09:00-22:00, 7 days a week)
- Chi Wei Hang Chinese Supermarket, 142 Walcot Street (Chinese foods, but no fresh food)
- Fresh, University Campus
- Thai Balcony Shop: 1 Seven Dials, Saw Close - restaurant and take away.
International shops in Bristol
- Indian food
- Raja Food Store, 60 St Marks Road, Bristol
- Caribbean food
- Nearly every food store in Stapleton Road from Easton to Eastville (Bristol) sells Caribbean products.
- Chinese and Eastern food
- Wai Yee Hong Chinese Supermarket, 4 Station Road (near Montpelier Station), Bristol
- Kin Yip Hon Supermarket, 16 St Thomas's St (by Temple Meads Station), Bristol
- Teoh's Oriental Supermarket, 26 Lower Ashley Road, Bristol
- Harvest, 37 Walcot Street (Vegetarian organic produce)
- Holland & Barrett, 42 Stall Street (Vitamins and dietary supplements)
- Seasons Wholefoods, 10 George Street
UK law requires shops and sellers to show the price of all goods, including price per kilo and litre. When you buy goods they must be:
- of satisfactory quality, and
- fit for use, and
- as described.
Take extra care at street markets, car-boot sales
and computer fairs where it
may be difficult or impossible to find the seller again.
Help and information: DirectGov
Before you buy goods and services
1 Shop around, get different prices.
2 If there’s a contract – read it!
3 Check guarantees – especially for electricals.
4 If you have to pay a deposit, can you get it back?
5 Always get a receipt!
If something is faulty you should return it to the shop as soon as possible. The shop is obliged to give you your money back.
If you don’t like something you’ve bought and want to return it, the shop does not have to refund your money, but some shops do give refunds.
Scams and how to avoid them!
Scams are usually phone calls, emails, texts and letters.
Some common scams:
- telling you that you have won a prize
- asking you to invest money
- sending you a game (eg. a scratch card)
which you will always win. To
claim the prize you have to ring a telephone number – the
incredibly expensive and the prize is worthless!
Never respond to scams!