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How to start university in style

September essentials from Central London

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September is synonymous with the start of school and for with many, this September will be the first foray into university life too. Things might be a little different this year, but whether it’s you or your little loved one returning - either in person, or virtually - we have curated a guide of the essentials for that back to school feeling. View the best buys available in Central London below.

Apple Mac: Students – with your UNIDAYS account, you can receive a 20% special offer on Apple’s back to school range. Heading to university? Buy an Apple Mac or iPad from the Regent Street flagship store and receive AirPods too.

Aspinal London ID & Travelcard Case: Whether it’s a pass for university halls or the school library, Aspinal’s Smooth Black & Blue Cobalt Suede Travelcard Case (£70) is a smart holder that will keep all of your essentials in one place. It’s also a handy option for an Oyster card.

SUNSPEL's classic t-shirt: If it’s your first year at uni there may be some late nights in the offing, so keep yourself looking fresh with SUNSPEL’s laid-back looks. A couple of the brand’s soft, light t-shirts (£70), made in England for over 100 years will be sure-fire wardrobe staples from fresher’s week to finals.

Loake Aldwych Shoe: Heading back to the office, or perhaps starting a grad scheme and want to look smart for your first day? The Aldwych Oxford shoe is handmade in England from premium calf leather. Visit the Jermyn Street store to find your perfect fit.

Paul & Shark Eco-Wool sweater: Looking ahead to cooler days and nights in with (just a few) friends, pad out your winter wardrobe with Paul & Shark’s Eco-Wool Collection. A style statement in itself, this buttoned shoulder sweater (£325) will have you looking smart and feeling smarter in the knowledge that you’re wearing recycled wool. With reduction of CO2 emissions and intensive over-farming at the heart of the production process, you’ll be making a stylish sustainability statement.

Nathan Backpack by Tumi: An androgynous backpack made from recycled materials, the Nathan Backpack (£375) is a bestseller at Tumi. Modern and versatile, this backpack is ideal for daily commutes to work or school, with a multitude of organisational pockets for easy packing and comfortable carrying.

Grenson x Craig Green sneaker: Whether you’re returning to the office for the first time in months, or wanting to make your sartorial mark at uni, step out in style with Grenson. The St James’s shoemakers has launched its fifth collection in partnership with acclaimed designer Craig Green. Their collaboration leather sneaker (£320) will put a spring in your step and help to polish off those back-to-school nerves.

All Saints New Bohemians Collection: You can shop the new conscious collection featuring recycled yarns, responsible wools and vegetable-tanned leathers in the Regent Street store. Students can also get a 15% discount via UNiDAYS - perfect for that special item that captures your attention.

For more inspiration about how to make the most of our ‘new normal’, view our guide to cycling in the city here. This September, you can also eat out for less, with many restaurants extending their special offers here.