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Best Places To Get Your University Stationery

Becky Milligan September 17, 2022

The 2022/23 university year is about to start for students across the UK. A huge part of feeling prepared for the beginning of the semester is getting all your university stationery ahead of Fresher’s Week!

I am a huge fan of anything stationery-related. Anyone who knows me and has seen my desk will agree: I cannot resist the urge to buy various pastel pens and notebooks. If you relate to this, then this article is for you. Here are the best places to get all the stationery you need for uni.


Paperchase is one of my all-time favourite stationery shops. They sell everything you need to start the new uni term, from your bog-standard notebooks to fancier notebooks and planners with dividers and pockets inside them to all sorts of high-quality pens.

Currently, they offer 3-for-2 on back-to-school supplies, a 15% student discount in-store and online, or a 20% student discount online through StudentBeans.

Set for writing goals or ideas. Notepad, pen. Pastel colors, copy space.


Ryman is another incredible stationery shop that sells everything you could need for uni. Their website has a section dedicated to ‘back to uni’ stationery essentials, including bigger office items from printers and printer ink to office chairs and desks. They also offer a 10% student discount with UNiDAYS!

W. H. Smith

W.H. Smith is another one of my go-to’s regarding stationery. I always get my ring binders from here, as they offer a wide range of pastel colours and are large without being too heavy so they can fit lots in!

W.H. Smith currently offers a 10% student discount through UNiDAYS, and they regularly do 3-for-2 offers on uni essentials. They even have a section on their website specifically for uni essentials, so it’s worth browsing!

The Works

The Works might be one of the most underrated stationary shops out there. While it is more of an art supply shop than a stationery shop, they also sell all of the university stationery essentials you would need. They are at very affordable prices and offer a free loyalty membership that helps you earn back when you spend there. Plus, they often have a student discount of between 10 and 20%!


As far as stationery storage goes, Ikea can sort you right out. All of my pen pots are the white decorative plant pots from Ikea. They’re extremely cheap, high quality, and aesthetically pleasing, so what’s not to love?

Ikea also sells a range of multi-compartment desk organisers. These are very affordable and are a handy way to keep all of your stationery neatly tucked away in one place. The magazine files are handy for keeping plastic wallets and other important documents you don’t want to lose!

Spiral notebooks, pens and pencils, scissors, and stationary organized neatly and sitting on a brick hearth.


If you’re not too bothered about having matching stationery sets and aesthetic storage pots, Wilko might be the shop for you. Wilko sells all kinds of stationery and storage for cheaper prices than you might find at other stationery shops. They are also currently offering up to 50% off on most stationery items, so this might be the shop if you want to bag the basics and essentials while saving money!

The takeaway message

The bottom line is that you can get your university stationery from many places, depending on your preferences! If you are a pen and organisation fanatic like me, places like Paperchase and W.H. Smith offer aesthetically pleasing stationery. In contrast, you can get the bare minimum stationery pieces from most supermarkets. However, whenever you do a stationery shop, always check if they offer student discounts as this can help you save money, and every little helps when you’re a student!

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Hi! I’m Becky Milligan, I study Psychology at the University of Sussex. I have a passion for Clinical Psychology and mental health, as well as performing arts, baking, and dogs! Through writing about mental health, I hope to educate and provide comfort to others, ultimately helping to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health for university students.