Two young women trying on hats at a Christmas market in Manchester

Quirky boutiques, high-street fashion, designer shops and discount stores… If you love shopping then you will love the UK!

To find out more, go to the Visit Britain or Discover Northern Ireland websites, or join Love GREAT Britain on Facebook.

  • Opening hours: Most shops in the UK open from 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Saturday, or 10.00 to 16.00 on Sunday. In big cities or before Christmas, they may open a little later.

  • The biggest sale period in the UK takes place just after Christmas, when shops reduce their prices dramatically. There are many sales at other times of the year too, although dates vary.

  • Check out charity shops, markets and second-hand stores. With a little patience, you can find lots of great bargains! You can find more advice for saving money as a student in Budgeting and Students' tips for living on a budget.

Read more: The essential guide to second-hand shopping in the UK