Back to school/college/Uni!


The summer holidays are in full swing – and thanks to hot weather in the UK and across Europe, it’s certainly been one to get out and about and enjoy so far!

Although it seems like the holidays have only just begun, the shops are already brimming with back to school clothing, shoes, equipment and accessories. So let’s take a look at some of the great finds currently available from UK retailers.


The obvious place to start here is school uniform and luckily, there are many options to buy great quality everyday school uniform at a really affordable price. M&S is always a popular choice and their range of ‘clever schoolwear’ has a number of parent-friendly features, from stain and weather repelling materials to non-iron shirts. Other budget-friendly options include George at Asda, Matalan and TU at Sainsbury’s.

New clothing doesn’t only apply to school-age children; no fashion-conscious college or university student want to return from the summer holidays without at least a few new items in their wardrobe! Jack Wills, Superdry, H&M, New Look and Top Shop all rank amongst our customers’ favourite stores for fashion and tend wear. There are still a few sales around so you might even grab a bargain if you’re lucky!


When it comes to school shoes, Clarks is probably the number one destination for parents with a great range of comfortable shoes that are known for their quality. Debenhams also as a good range, as does Startrite and Kickers.

For college and university students, comfort is key. Converse All Star and Vans are perennial favourites and there’s a style and colour to suit every taste at Schuh.


Back to school accessories start with bags and from backpacks to satchels to gym bags, your school-age kids are spoilt for choice! Next has a great range for both boys and girls with everything from bold brights to space rockets, unicorns to dinosaurs! Argos and Debenhams also have plenty of choice, as do JD Sports for gym bags.

If your children take a packed lunch, there are some gorgeous lunch bags and boxes around this year. With themes ranging from superheroes to Disney princesses, check our Argos and Dunelm Mill.

For college and university students, a new bag is likely to be a more subtle affair.  For laptop sleeves, cases and bags, Currys has something for every style and budget. With backpacks being back in vogue lately, we also love laptop rucksacks and you can find a number of these at John Lewis.  


For those starting university or returning for a new academic year, it’s also time to stock upon all those household essentials. Ikea is an obvious choice but there are also some stylish yet affordable options from Matalan and TK Maxx.

This time of year can get expensive for parents so it’s worth shopping around. To have any of your purchases from UK website shipped to your home location (wherever that may be in the world), forward2me offer accost-effective and reliable parcel forwarding service. We even offer a combine and repack option, meaning you can potentially save on shipping costs if you’re buying a number of items from different retailers. For more information, please contact us.