Knowing where to shop when you first arrive is important. We have collated pointers on where you can expect to find specific goods that you may need as well as information on recycling of unwanted items and charity shops.


One of the most disconcerting things about moving to a new country is when you don't know where to do your weekly shopping! You will soon identify your favourite shop or supermarket chain, but here are some suggestions to help you in the first few weeks.

The four main supermarket chains here are ASDA, Co-opSainsbury's and Tesco. They all offer an online delivery service, and Tesco and Sainsbury's also have smaller local stores (Tesco Express and Sainsbury's Local).

AldiLidl and Iceland are lower cost chains which also have a good range of products.

Marks and Spencer and Waitrose offer more expensive but high-quality products.

Household items

The big supermarkets stock many household items including small electrical appliances such as kettles and irons.

John Lewis is a large department store chain with an excellent online delivery service. Their prices are quite high although the quality is good.

Argos sells lower-priced items, both in-store and online, while TJ Hughes is a Liverpool-based department store which sells a vast variety of goods at discounted prices, both online and in their store just down the road from University Square.


Excellent shopping areas are Liverpool One, Chester, and Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.

Charity shops

Many of the major British charities have high street shops that sell donated second-hand goods to raise funds. Sometimes you can get real bargains in these shops. The Charity Retail Association can help you find your nearest charity shops.

Freecycling and recycling

Freecycle is an online non-profit movement for people who want to get rid of or obtain useable goods for free.

Your local authority will have a recycling webpage where you can find out what can be recycled and how it works.

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