Student Style Inspiration on a Budget

New home, new friends, countless societies to join; the start of university can be a little overwhelming.  In the first few weeks, it’s likely you’ll be inundated with social events; from pub crawls to fresher’s balls and film nights to the more obscure cheese and wine evenings. You’ve been told to ‘try everything’, but how are you meant to go to the first cake decorating social when it clashes with the induction for the Extreme Sports society?! 

For fashion lovers, the bigger dilemma may be, ‘what am I going to wear to all these social events?’ With a downsized wardrobe to fit into your student halls, your options may be limited. We’ve compiled a list of wardrobe staples that could help you out on those days you’re lacking student fashion inspiration.


For many students, fashion will not be your top priority when you wake up for your first 9am lecture. Even if you do turn up dressed to perfection, by the end of the second week you’ve probably already worn your favourite outfits and you’re more likely to be rolling out of bed and finding your nearest hoodie to throw on. Here are some lecture staples that will have you looking effortlessly stylish, even when you’re not feeling so fresh!

Womens student fashion lecturewear shirt t shirt jeans bag embroidered brogues  Student mens fashion lecturewear outfit jumper graphic tee jeans trainers

It isn’t groundbreaking to tell you that jeans are a must-have, but buying preloved is a great way to get good quality designer jeans for student friendly prices. Pair with a graphic tee and some trainers or these unique embroidered brogues for an on-trend lecture look!

Nights out

Inevitably, your first few weeks at university are going to consist of a lot of nights out. Even if you don’t like clubbing, there’ll be loads of social events you can get involved with. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered!

Women's fashion night out or clubbing dresses inspiration

A shirt dress or jumpsuit can take you from day to night- if you’re going out straight from campus, just add some wedges and a clutch and you’re ready for a bar or club. Also making them the perfect staples for a spontaneous night out!

Student fashion isn’t known for being formal but it’s great to have a few options on standby for your Fresher’s ball or Christmas party. Shoe boots are ideal to dress up or down, plus they’re comfy so you’re feet won’t be in agony by the end of the night!

Most of all, university is a brand-new beginning and the perfect place to embrace your individual style!

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