University is totally different from high school in many ways. But, it’s much the same when it comes to stocking up on the essentials. Of course, textbooks, notepads, stationery and art supplies top the list of important items to stock up on for the semester. However, there are a whole range of handy accessories that can make your study life way easier.
Finding University textbooks can prove to be a true test of patience. Nevertheless, there are a number of reputable retailers in and around the city. The most well-known textbook outlet has to be Van Schaik’s. They have six stores in Johannesburg and are the official suppliers of UNISA textbooks. Book Express in Westdene have been in the business for over 14 years. They are conveniently located opposite the University of Johannesburg’s Kingsway Campus. Accounting and Law students have a discount textbook store in Parktown dedicated solely to them (how unfair!). Established in 1998, Discount Textbooks offers students, as well as big and small auditing firms, legal firms and banks throughout the country, the very best in marked down textbooks. Most of these book stores also have online shopping options, so you won’t have to spend precious petrol or transport money on tracking them down. Alternatively, visit takealot.com to browse through their stock of academic books.
Stationery and Notebooks
Sometimes all you need to get yourself motivated for the new semester is a few quirky pens and a funky notebook. Stationery from Typo is creative, cheeky and caters to almost any taste. Their frequent two-for-one notebook sales are definitely student-budget friendly. If you are looking for more understated, less ironically cool stationery, pop into PNA stores. Art students will be especially impressed by PNA’s vast range of affordable art supplies.
The Fun Stuff
Clothing & Sneakers
The start of the first semester is the perfect time to freshen up your wardrobe. First year students in particular are likely to need a couple of new wardrobe staples (no more uniforms guys!). This is a period in your life to experiment with as many different clothing styles as possible. For on-trend casual wear we recommend shopping at Cotton On stores. While they may be a little pricey, you can easily mix and match key staples like jeans and band t-shirts from their extensive range. If you are more into online shopping, check out the Vintage Lover online store. Established in 2010, this unique brand offers both vintage inspired wear and bang on trend fashion items. They have an entire shopping selection dedicated to scrunchies!
Alternatively, spend a day thrift hunting at one of the many Wits Hospice Charity Stores around Joburg. Not only will you find great bargains for one of a kind vintage items, you will be contributing to a good cause.
Backpacks & Snacks
A great backpack is essential to making your everyday tasks a lot easier. Walking around campus to classes is often a huge schlep. The weight of textbooks, laptops and stationery can make the walk even more strenuous. Avoid using your old school bag and visit Zando to shop their wide range of backpacks. They offer everything from sports bags to compact leather drawstring shoulder sling-overs.
Now, the campus “cool” kids may never be found carrying around dorky lunchboxes filled with healthy snacks. But, we can’t all be cool, so stack up on some delicious goodies from Checkers’ new health food range, Simple Truth. We love their sugar-free Mango fruit gum snack pack and assorted convenience meal bowls.