Student Venues: Shops

Whether you need paintbrushes, pristine second-hand records or powerful literature, here are the places to stock up

Article by Nadia Younes and Peter Simpson | 10 Sep 2018

Assai Records
241 King St, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
Vinyl's back, baby! Prove your impeccable musical cred at Assai in Broughty Ferry, which specialises in the format with a great mix of brand new releases and classic vinyl reissues.  They're also in Edinburgh, offering much the same set-up (1 Grindlay St).

Cass Art
63-67 Queen St, Glasgow
Whether you’re a devoted artist, a hardworking art student or just trying out a new hobby, these guys have got everything you could possibly need. The impossibly neat shelves are stocked with a huge range of art tools and supplies — there's a student discount too, naturally.

Edinburgh Art Shop
129 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh
Conveniently positioned just down the road from Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Art Shop has everything you need to assist you with your art-related needs. They even do a variety of discounts, including 15% off for students – see, convenient *and* affordable.

Good Press
5 St Margaret's Pl, Glasgow
Run by a group of artists, designers, publishers and facilitators, Good Press is a gallery and bookshop combined, making original works of art available to everyone. Have a rifle around and get a foothold into the Glasgow art scene.

Guitar Guitar
36 Trongate, Glasgow
In need of a creative pick-me-up? A pick up? Pedals? Electric ukulele? Situated on the Trongate, Guitar Guitar is a music-makers' paradise, filled with all manner of stringed delights for your fingerpicking pleasure.

Lighthouse Bookshop
43-45 W Nicolson St, Edinburgh
You’ve had your mind wrenched open by that guy on your floor who keeps talking at you about 'the man' – where to now? Lighthouse Bookshop, of course. FKA Word Power books, it stocks a huge range of political, arts and cultural literature; you can also grab magazines and zines that are hard to come by elsewhere.

Lupe Pintos
24 Leven St, Edinburgh; 313 Great Western Rd, Glasgow
A treasure trove of hard-to-find spices, store cupboard staples and amazing hot sauces. Your Mexican or Central American feast just got a whole lot better.

12 Kings Court, Glasgow
Tucked away in the corner of Glasgow's vegan fortress that is Mono, Monorail is a fiercely independent record store with a particular devotion to vinyl. New releases, and an extensive selection of rarities, oddities and reissues.

35 Howard St, Glasgow
Rubadub has by-and-large transformed itself from a record shop into an electronic music and technology centre, housing a large selection of synths, audio interfaces and production software, as well as speciality cables and DJ equipment.

Underground Solu'shn
9 Cockburn St, Edinburgh
If music truly be the sound of love then get down to Underground Solu'shn and prepare to find utter satisfaction. As Edinburgh's only specialist independent dance, electronic and record shop, it has turntables, mixers, CD decks, speakers and everything else to create your own DJ heaven.

21 St Stephen St, Edinburgh
One of Edinburgh's best indie record stores, VoxBox offers a deceptively large stock of new and used records from bands from all over. They push the boat out every Record Store Day, teaming up with their Stockbridge neighbours for a series of free gigs and events.