Everything you need to go BACK TO COLLEGE!

Whether you are a full time student living away from home or you’re only popping in and out of lectures once or twice a week, going back to college means you need to pick up some essentials to make studying (and student life!) a little bit easier.

We have everything you need here in City Square Waterford, from stationery and tech accessories to the clothing and footwear essentials you’ll need to get you through the changing seasons, and plenty of great value home accessories that will turn your student digs into an apartment to be proud of!

Plus, loads of the shops here in City Square Waterford offer great student discounts all year round, so keep reading to find out how you can save on your back to college essentials.


Spruce up your college apartment, dorm or digs.

New bed clothes and bathroom accessories can transform any interiors space from drab and dreary to dreamy and delightful… so pop into Dunnes Stores or Carraig Donn to shop their gorgeous ranges of great value soft furnishings.

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(images 1-3: Dunnes Stores, images 4-5: Carraig Donn)


Self Care = Better Grades

Student life can be tough – believe us, we’ve been there! Whether it’s the late nights burning the candle at both ends, the walks to college in hail, rain or snow (we applaud your commitment!) or the stress of studying for your end of term exams, it’s important you look after your wellbeing. Keep your immune system strong, opt for healthy, nutritious foods and treat yourself to some selfcare every now and then, and we promise you, you’ll see better results at the end of the year!

Holland & Barrett ABC Plus 120 Tablets €8.99 buy one et one half price Holland & Barrett Vegan Multivitamin & Mineral 60 Tablets €9.90

Holland & Barrett Multivitamins & Minerals 60/120 Tablets starting from €8.

Juice Cleanse Jump Juice

Try a Jump Juice Cleanse and kickstart those healthy habits. AND – save 20% on your first order with code FIRSTORDER

Dunnes fresh food

Shop the veggie aisles in Dunnes Stores grocery department here in City Square Waterford for the freshest fruit and vegetables to take you from meal to meal!

Cleanser - Mulligans Pharmacy - Moogoo's Natural Milk Wash Cleanser is suitable for face and body, made with only 100% natural ingredients and absolutely no nasties 🐄 The New Pestle & Mortar Essentials Range is formulated with 99% natural ingredients ✨

Hit up Mulligan’s Pharmacy for the best range of skin care and beauty essentials to keep you you looking and feeling good, and to protect your skin from any harsh winter weather we might have.

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Treat yourself to a fresh cut in Peter Mark or Boston Barbers or pick up some at-home hair care products to keep your locks looking fresh between salon visits.


Should have gone to Specsavers

Did you know that 42% of people noticed changes to their sight during lockdown?! So, now that you’re back in college, t’s never been more important to get an eye test and pick up a new pair of glasses. It’s also possible to get 2 for 1 glasses from €46 in Specsavers City Square Waterford – pop in store to find out more. 

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Fresh stationery = better note-taking!

There’s nothing like the crisp white pages of a fresh notebook and some new pens to help you take great notes, and don’t get us started on how organised we get when we have some new folders!

Between Bookstation, Dunnes Stores and Carraig Donn, there’s nothing you won’t find to help you on your way to that 1:1!

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(Images 1-3: Bookstation. Image 4: ‘Style Is Art’ notebook, Carraig Donn. Image 5: ‘Mindful Journal’ by Carolyn Donnelly, Dunnes Stores.) 


You can never have enough new tech

With so much more learning happening online, it’s important that you have the right equipment and accessories to make sure you don’t miss those all-important lectures.

Sandisk USB Flash Drive €14.99 - Sandisk USB 3.0 Flash Drive, 16 GB, Black

GameStop: Sandisk USB 3.0 Flash Drive, 16 GB, Black €14.99

Gamestop PC accessories

Gamestop accessories

Gamestop: Tech and computer accessories from €9.99

Techmade Earbuds Auricolari in White Carraig DOnn

Carraig Donn: Techmade Earbuds Auricolari in White – €30

Mobile Tech Power Bank - Nano Back Clipped Power Bank With Sticker 4000mAh Black USAMS €18.75

Never run out of battery again with this Nano Back Clipped Power Bank With Sticker 4000mAh from Mobile Tech for just €18.75

It’s important to enjoy a balanced student life…

And we know that means the occasional night in or out with friends! Whether it’s a get together at your place before you head out for the night, or you’re having friends over for a boxset marathon, it’s nice to have the right homewares and accessories for the occasion.

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Like some gorgeous glassware from the Erne Collection by Galway Crystal from Carraig Donn, with sets of 2 from €14.95 or a set of 6 white tea and coffee mugs for only €20.

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Or pop into Dunnes Stores to pick up a lantern bluetooth speaker for €20 or treat yourself (and your housemates!) to some new culinary skills courtesy of Neven Maguire’s ‘Cook with Neven’, which offers easy 4 step recipes to make you the host with the most!


And if it’s a night in you’re after, Golden Discs Waterford have some great boxset deals as well as all of  the latest vinyl albums, including James Vincent McMorrow’s latest album ‘Grapefruit Season’ for only €22.


Give a girl (student) the right shoes (and clothes and accessories!) and she (or he!) can conquer the world!

Whether you walk, cycle, bus or drive to college, it’s important to have the right clothes and accessories to keep you warm on your commute and comfortable in class. You’ll also need the right bag to carry your college essentials like your laptop or tablet, notebooks and folders and general day-to-day items, so we’ve done a round up of some of our favourite pieces from stores here in City Square Waterford that will see you through the college year ahead.

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Green shopper/tote from River Island, €56.



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Stay warm thanks to Dunnes Stores with their menswear basics starting from €8 and these superlight jackets ranging from €15-25, all available in Dunnes Stores City Square and Michael Street.

Briwn teddy coat River Island €147 Brown leather ankle boots RI €87

Brave the elements in this teddy coat from River Island for €147 and team it with these genuine leather boots, also River Island, for €87.

JD File Forerunners €30

Fila Forerunners from JD Sports, €30

JD Nike Air Force Ones €125

Nike Air Force 1s, JD Sports €125

JD Nike sustainable fleece crew neck €40 JD North Face Glacier quarter zip top €60

Nike Fleece Crew Neck Jumper, JD Sports €40. The North Face 1/4 zip Glacier top €60, both JD Sports.

Classic Biker Jacker €49.99 Vero moda Vero Moda V Neck Jumper21.99

Classic biker jacket, €49.99. V Neck Jumper (available in 10 colours!) €21.99, both Vero Moda here in City Square Waterford.

And whenever you’re in City Square Waterford to pick up your back to college essentials, don’t forget to treat yourself to lunch, brunch, dinner or coffee in Starbucks, The Pantry, O’Briens or Abrakebabra in our Food Hall!

Student Discounts available in City Square Waterford:

Carraig Donn – 15% off

Peter Mark – 20% off colour and cut Monday to Friday

GameStop – 5% off all products excluding consoles

River Island – 10% off full price items (with 20% until October 3rd 2021)

Jump Juice – 10% off

Mulligans – 10% off

Hallmark Jewellers – 10% off

Specsavers – 20% off

Note: you must present a valid student card. Discounts may be subject to terms and conditions.