Primark Student Deals

Primark hacks - incl sales, offers, tips and tricks

Pradamark, Primarni or plain old Primark - it’s a haven for students. It’s cheap, fast fashion which has its share of haters along with its super fans. It’s not the kind of shop you can just walk into and calmly have a browse - it’s a battlefield. So get camouflaged up, as we’ve got top tips to ensure you come out alive.

Find yourself a good one

The difference between a fancy new store and a grotty old one is seriously big. Our local store is small, messy, doesn’t have a lot of stock (none of it nice anyway) and is very depressing.

The shiny new store on Oxford Street is swanky as hell, in comparison. It’s tidy, fashionable and spacious (covers four floors). If you can, go the extra mile to get to a decent store as it will be a nicer experience.

Go early

For the love of god, don’t arrive at midday on a weekend. The sooner you get there the less chaos there will be. The queues will be smaller and clothes will be folded and hung up rather than strewn across the floor (poor Primark staff…).

If you aren’t in a good mood - don’t even enter

Here’s the reality, shopping at Primark isn’t fun. It’s hot, messy, and incredibly stressful. If you’re not in a good mood, and not 100% up for it - don’t enter the store. You’ll get sucked in, become angry and upset and probably will leave empty handed.

Enter with steely determination, and once you’ve left, go chill out somewhere for a while to decompress - wine should probably be involved.

There are going to be queues

Yep, Primark queues make Disney World queues look like child’s play. They are crazy long and everyone is furious.

You need to go to your happy place. Take yourself out of your body, imagine yourself in a meadow or something and do your time. Patience is a virtue you know? Also, ignore those over-priced chocolates and Haribo packets they tempt you with in the queue - they are probably the most expensive things in there.

Just because it's cheap - doesn’t mean you should buy it

This is an important one. It’s pretty easy to get carried away at Primark - we’ve all been there, shoving all sorts of tat in your basket because its only six quid. A wardrobe stuffed to the brim with clothes, bags and jewellery you aren’t wearing isn’t value for money.

Find the reduced section

Nine times out of ten, there is a reduced section/rail - that’s right, cheap Primark stuff, but now even cheaper! Finding it is pretty much like searching for a needle in a haystack though, so just ask a member of staff rather than trawling the store.

Do not presume the size on the hanger is the size of the clothes

When picking up an item of clothing, only check the label that is sewn into it - don’t trust the hanger, or even the price label.

Primark often gets this completely wrong, and it is super frustrating to take home something you thought was your size, but is two sizes too big.

You haven’t lost weight/got fat/shrunk/grown

Don’t assume that because the same item you bought in the past (and are still wearing) will fit you now, if you buy it again - not the case.

It’s not that you have put on or lost weight, you probably haven’t shrunk or grown six inches either. The truth is, Primark sizes are pretty dodgy and can change from batch to batch. Make sure you try everything on - your usual size may not be your size today.

Don’t assume that all the clothes on the rail will be the same

‘Oh, thats a nice dress on the rail, ah, but that’s a size 8 - let me look for a 12’, *shuffle through rack*. What you pick out, is very likely to not be the same dress that is on the front of the rack. Make sure you check what you put in your basket is exactly what you want.

Primark often puts similar items together, especially if the items are at the end of its run (so new stock won't be coming in).

Check the stitching

Primark is cheap as chips, and the quality of the garments isn’t always on-point. So keep an eye out for missing buttons, loose stitching and marks/stains. If you think the queues for the checkout are soul-sucking, try the returns queue.

Hit the sale

We’re about 90% sure Primark holds a sale twice a year (Primark is pretty tight-lipped about this - we have asked though!). They seem to be just after Christmas and in the summer and are on all sections of the store.

Try clothes on

Ditch the dressing room (unless you have the patience of the saint) and go public for the sake of your sanity. Try to wear a tight fitted layer of clothing like a pair of leggings and a vest top, so you can protect your modesty while trying on items you’re thinking of buying outside of the dressing room.

Get your branded stuff at Primark

Primark has some awesome licensing deals with big brands such as Disney/Universal etc. We’ve seen amazing Breaking Bad sweaters, a whole Harry Potter section as well as One Direction and Run DMC clothing.

If you’re a fan-boy/girl, make sure you check out Primark before spending big cash on fan sites. For example, a Gryffindor t-shirt is £6 at Primark, while a similar one is £20 at the 9 ¾ Harry Potter shop.

Get stuff for your house/flat/room at Primark

Primark isn't just for clothes, jewellery and shoes - you can seriously kit out your house too in its home section.

At the moment it has some amazing bedding ready for spring, fancy candles and cushions we have our eye on.

Don’t hang about

If you do want something, don’t dither and get it. The odds of you finding it again is pretty slim, and popular items sell out super fast, especially if a big blogger likes it.

Put the words ‘sold out Primark’ into eBay, and you’ll see that popular items go seriously quickly, and people are happy to pay double/triple the value of the item. Crazy right?

Queue in the men’s section

Often, the men’s/children’s floor is an oasis of calm (well, compared to the rest of the place), so go down there to buy your stuff. Another place to check out is the up at the top floor as it is generally quieter too.

You won’t be a unique fashionista

A couple of years ago, I bought a green military style jacket with gold sequin arms. It was amazing. Here’s the thing, went to a festival, and every other girl was wearing it.

Because it was such a stand-out piece - it was really noticeable. This isn’t necessarily an issue (depends if you care really) but be careful, the odds of someone turning up in the same dress as you at a party greatly increase if you buy one of the new, popular items.

Full terms and conditions

the kind of shop you can just walk into and calmly have a browse - it’s a battlefield. So get camouflaged up, as we’ve got top tips to ensure you come out alive.

Find yourself a good one

The difference between a fancy new store and a grotty old one is seriously big. Our local store is small, messy, doesn’t have a lot of stock (none of it nice anyway) and is very depressing.

The shiny new store on Oxford Street is swanky as hell, in comparison. It’s tidy, fashionable and spacious (covers four floors). If you can, go the extra mile to get to a decent store as it will be a nicer experience.

Go early

For the love of god, don’t arrive at midday on a weekend. The sooner you get there the less chaos there will be. The queues will be smaller and clothes will be folded and hung up rather than strewn across the floor (poor Primark staff…).

If you aren’t in a good mood - don’t even enter

Here’s the reality, shopping at Primark isn’t fun. It’s hot, messy, and incredibly stressful. If you’re not in a good mood, and not 100% up for it - don’t enter the store. You’ll get sucked in, become angry and upset and probably will leave empty handed.

Enter with steely determination, and once you’ve left, go chill out somewhere for a while to decompress - wine should probably be involved.

There are going to be queues

Yep, Primark queues make Disney World queues look like child’s play. They are crazy long and everyone is furious.

You need to go to your happy place. Take yourself out of your body, imagine yourself in a meadow or something and do your time. Patience is a virtue you know? Also, ignore those over-priced chocolates and Haribo packets they tempt you with in the queue - they are probably the most expensive things in there.

Just because it's cheap - doesn’t mean you should buy it

This is an important one. It’s pretty easy to get carried away at Primark - we’ve all been there, shoving all sorts of tat in your basket because its only six quid. A wardrobe stuffed to the brim with clothes, bags and jewellery you aren’t wearing isn’t value for money.

Find the reduced section

Nine times out of ten, there is a reduced section/rail - that’s right, cheap Primark stuff, but now even cheaper! Finding it is pretty much like searching for a needle in a haystack though, so just ask a member of staff rather than trawling the store.

Do not presume the size on the hanger is the size of the clothes

When picking up an item of clothing, only check the label that is sewn into it - don’t trust the hanger, or even the price label.

Primark often gets this completely wrong, and it is super frustrating to take home something you thought was your size, but is two sizes too big.

You haven’t lost weight/got fat/shrunk/grown

Don’t assume that because the same item you bought in the past (and are still wearing) will fit you now, if you buy it again - not the case.

It’s not that you have put on or lost weight, you probably haven’t shrunk or grown six inches either. The truth is, Primark sizes are pretty dodgy and can change from batch to batch. Make sure you try everything on - your usual size may not be your size today.

Don’t assume that all the clothes on the rail will be the same

‘Oh, thats a nice dress on the rail, ah, but that’s a size 8 - let me look for a 12’, *shuffle through rack*. What you pick out, is very likely to not be the same dress that is on the front of the rack. Make sure you check what you put in your basket is exactly what you want.

Primark often puts similar items together, especially if the items are at the end of its run (so new stock won't be coming in).

Check the stitching

Primark is cheap as chips, and the quality of the garments isn’t always on-point. So keep an eye out for missing buttons, loose stitching and marks/stains. If you think the queues for the checkout are soul-sucking, try the returns queue.

Hit the sale

We’re about 90% sure Primark holds a sale twice a year (Primark is pretty tight-lipped about this - we have asked though!). They seem to be just after Christmas and in the summer and are on all sections of the store.

Try clothes on

Ditch the dressing room (unless you have the patience of the saint) and go public for the sake of your sanity. Try to wear a tight fitted layer of clothing like a pair of leggings and a vest top, so you can protect your modesty while trying on items you’re thinking of buying outside of the dressing room.

Get your branded stuff at Primark

Primark has some awesome licensing deals with big brands such as Disney/Universal etc. We’ve seen amazing Breaking Bad sweaters, a whole Harry Potter section as well as One Direction and Run DMC clothing.

If you’re a fan-boy/girl, make sure you check out Primark before spending big cash on fan sites. For example, a Gryffindor t-shirt is £6 at Primark, while a similar one is £20 at the 9 ¾ Harry Potter shop.

Get stuff for your house/flat/room at Primark

Primark isn't just for clothes, jewellery and shoes - you can seriously kit out your house too in its home section.

At the moment it has some amazing bedding ready for spring, fancy candles and cushions we have our eye on.

Don’t hang about

If you do want something, don’t dither and get it. The odds of you finding it again is pretty slim, and popular items sell out super fast, especially if a big blogger likes it.

Put the words ‘sold out Primark’ into eBay, and you’ll see that popular items go seriously quickly, and people are happy to pay double/triple the value of the item. Crazy right?

Queue in the men’s section

Often, the men’s/children’s floor is an oasis of calm (well, compared to the rest of the place), so go down there to buy your stuff. Another place to check out is the up at the top floor as it is generally quieter too.

You won’t be a unique fashionista

A couple of years ago, I bought a green military style jacket with gold sequin arms. It was amazing. Here’s the thing, went to a festival, and every other girl was wearing it.

Because it was such a stand-out piece - it was really noticeable. This isn’t necessarily an issue (depends if you care really) but be careful, the odds of someone turning up in the same dress as you at a party greatly increase if you buy one of the new, popular items.


Pradamark, Primarni or plain old Primark - it’s a haven for students. It’s cheap, fast fashion which has its share of haters along with its super fans. It’s not the kind of shop you can just walk into and calmly have a browse - it’s a battlefield. So get camouflaged up, as we’ve got top tips to ensure you come out alive.

Find yourself a good one

The difference between a fancy new store and a grotty old one is seriously big. Our local store is small, messy, doesn’t have a lot of stock (none of it nice anyway) and is very depressing.

The shiny new store on Oxford Street is swanky as hell, in comparison. It’s tidy, fashionable and spacious (covers four floors). If you can, go the extra mile to get to a decent store as it will be a nicer experience.

Go early

For the love of god, don’t arrive at midday on a weekend. The sooner you get there the less chaos there will be. The queues will be smaller and clothes will be folded and hung up rather than strewn across the floor (poor Primark staff…).

If you aren’t in a good mood - don’t even enter

Here’s the reality, shopping at Primark isn’t fun. It’s hot, messy, and incredibly stressful. If you’re not in a good mood, and not 100% up for it - don’t enter the store. You’ll get sucked in, become angry and upset and probably will leave empty handed.

Enter with steely determination, and once you’ve left, go chill out somewhere for a while to decompress - wine should probably be involved.

There are going to be queues

Yep, Primark queues make Disney World queues look like child’s play. They are crazy long and everyone is furious.

You need to go to your happy place. Take yourself out of your body, imagine yourself in a meadow or something and do your time. Patience is a virtue you know? Also, ignore those over-priced chocolates and Haribo packets they tempt you with in the queue - they are probably the most expensive things in there.

Just because it's cheap - doesn’t mean you should buy it

This is an important one. It’s pretty easy to get carried away at Primark - we’ve all been there, shoving all sorts of tat in your basket because its only six quid. A wardrobe stuffed to the brim with clothes, bags and jewellery you aren’t wearing isn’t value for money.

Find the reduced section

Nine times out of ten, there is a reduced section/rail - that’s right, cheap Primark stuff, but now even cheaper! Finding it is pretty much like searching for a needle in a haystack though, so just ask a member of staff rather than trawling the store.

Do not presume the size on the hanger is the size of the clothes

When picking up an item of clothing, only check the label that is sewn into it - don’t trust the hanger, or even the price label.

Primark often gets this completely wrong, and it is super frustrating to take home something you thought was your size, but is two sizes too big.

You haven’t lost weight/got fat/shrunk/grown

Don’t assume that because the same item you bought in the past (and are still wearing) will fit you now, if you buy it again - not the case.

It’s not that you have put on or lost weight, you probably haven’t shrunk or grown six inches either. The truth is, Primark sizes are pretty dodgy and can change from batch to batch. Make sure you try everything on - your usual size may not be your size today.

Don’t assume that all the clothes on the rail will be the same

‘Oh, thats a nice dress on the rail, ah, but that’s a size 8 - let me look for a 12’, *shuffle through rack*. What you pick out, is very likely to not be the same dress that is on the front of the rack. Make sure you check what you put in your basket is exactly what you want.

Primark often puts similar items together, especially if the items are at the end of its run (so new stock won't be coming in).

Check the stitching

Primark is cheap as chips, and the quality of the garments isn’t always on-point. So keep an eye out for missing buttons, loose stitching and marks/stains. If you think the queues for the checkout are soul-sucking, try the returns queue.

Hit the sale

We’re about 90% sure Primark holds a sale twice a year (Primark is pretty tight-lipped about this - we have asked though!). They seem to be just after Christmas and in the summer and are on all sections of the store.

Try clothes on

Ditch the dressing room (unless you have the patience of the saint) and go public for the sake of your sanity. Try to wear a tight fitted layer of clothing like a pair of leggings and a vest top, so you can protect your modesty while trying on items you’re thinking of buying outside of the dressing room.

Get your branded stuff at Primark

Primark has some awesome licensing deals with big brands such as Disney/Universal etc. We’ve seen amazing Breaking Bad sweaters, a whole Harry Potter section as well as One Direction and Run DMC clothing.

If you’re a fan-boy/girl, make sure you check out Primark before spending big cash on fan sites. For example, a Gryffindor t-shirt is £6 at Primark, while a similar one is £20 at the 9 ¾ Harry Potter shop.

Get stuff for your house/flat/room at Primark

Primark isn't just for clothes, jewellery and shoes - you can seriously kit out your house too in its home section.

At the moment it has some amazing bedding ready for spring, fancy candles and cushions we have our eye on.

Don’t hang about

If you do want something, don’t dither and get it. The odds of you finding it again is pretty slim, and popular items sell out super fast, especially if a big blogger likes it.

Put the words ‘sold out Primark’ into eBay, and you’ll see that popular items go seriously quickly, and people are happy to pay double/triple the value of the item. Crazy right?

Queue in the men’s section

Often, the men’s/children’s floor is an oasis of calm (well, compared to the rest of the place), so go down there to buy your stuff. Another place to check out is the up at the top floor as it is generally quieter too.

You won’t be a unique fashionista

A couple of years ago, I bought a green military style jacket with gold sequin arms. It was amazing. Here’s the thing, went to a festival, and every other girl was wearing it.

Because it was such a stand-out piece - it was really noticeable. This isn’t necessarily an issue (depends if you care really) but be careful, the odds of someone turning up in the same dress as you at a party greatly increase if you buy one of the new, popular items.

Full terms and conditions

the kind of shop you can just walk into and calmly have a browse - it’s a battlefield. So get camouflaged up, as we’ve got top tips to ensure you come out alive.

Find yourself a good one

The difference between a fancy new store and a grotty old one is seriously big. Our local store is small, messy, doesn’t have a lot of stock (none of it nice anyway) and is very depressing.

The shiny new store on Oxford Street is swanky as hell, in comparison. It’s tidy, fashionable and spacious (covers four floors). If you can, go the extra mile to get to a decent store as it will be a nicer experience.

Go early

For the love of god, don’t arrive at midday on a weekend. The sooner you get there the less chaos there will be. The queues will be smaller and clothes will be folded and hung up rather than strewn across the floor (poor Primark staff…).

If you aren’t in a good mood - don’t even enter

Here’s the reality, shopping at Primark isn’t fun. It’s hot, messy, and incredibly stressful. If you’re not in a good mood, and not 100% up for it - don’t enter the store. You’ll get sucked in, become angry and upset and probably will leave empty handed.

Enter with steely determination, and once you’ve left, go chill out somewhere for a while to decompress - wine should probably be involved.

There are going to be queues

Yep, Primark queues make Disney World queues look like child’s play. They are crazy long and everyone is furious.

You need to go to your happy place. Take yourself out of your body, imagine yourself in a meadow or something and do your time. Patience is a virtue you know? Also, ignore those over-priced chocolates and Haribo packets they tempt you with in the queue - they are probably the most expensive things in there.

Just because it's cheap - doesn’t mean you should buy it

This is an important one. It’s pretty easy to get carried away at Primark - we’ve all been there, shoving all sorts of tat in your basket because its only six quid. A wardrobe stuffed to the brim with clothes, bags and jewellery you aren’t wearing isn’t value for money.

Find the reduced section

Nine times out of ten, there is a reduced section/rail - that’s right, cheap Primark stuff, but now even cheaper! Finding it is pretty much like searching for a needle in a haystack though, so just ask a member of staff rather than trawling the store.

Do not presume the size on the hanger is the size of the clothes

When picking up an item of clothing, only check the label that is sewn into it - don’t trust the hanger, or even the price label.

Primark often gets this completely wrong, and it is super frustrating to take home something you thought was your size, but is two sizes too big.

You haven’t lost weight/got fat/shrunk/grown

Don’t assume that because the same item you bought in the past (and are still wearing) will fit you now, if you buy it again - not the case.

It’s not that you have put on or lost weight, you probably haven’t shrunk or grown six inches either. The truth is, Primark sizes are pretty dodgy and can change from batch to batch. Make sure you try everything on - your usual size may not be your size today.

Don’t assume that all the clothes on the rail will be the same

‘Oh, thats a nice dress on the rail, ah, but that’s a size 8 - let me look for a 12’, *shuffle through rack*. What you pick out, is very likely to not be the same dress that is on the front of the rack. Make sure you check what you put in your basket is exactly what you want.

Primark often puts similar items together, especially if the items are at the end of its run (so new stock won't be coming in).

Check the stitching

Primark is cheap as chips, and the quality of the garments isn’t always on-point. So keep an eye out for missing buttons, loose stitching and marks/stains. If you think the queues for the checkout are soul-sucking, try the returns queue.

Hit the sale

We’re about 90% sure Primark holds a sale twice a year (Primark is pretty tight-lipped about this - we have asked though!). They seem to be just after Christmas and in the summer and are on all sections of the store.

Try clothes on

Ditch the dressing room (unless you have the patience of the saint) and go public for the sake of your sanity. Try to wear a tight fitted layer of clothing like a pair of leggings and a vest top, so you can protect your modesty while trying on items you’re thinking of buying outside of the dressing room.

Get your branded stuff at Primark

Primark has some awesome licensing deals with big brands such as Disney/Universal etc. We’ve seen amazing Breaking Bad sweaters, a whole Harry Potter section as well as One Direction and Run DMC clothing.

If you’re a fan-boy/girl, make sure you check out Primark before spending big cash on fan sites. For example, a Gryffindor t-shirt is £6 at Primark, while a similar one is £20 at the 9 ¾ Harry Potter shop.

Get stuff for your house/flat/room at Primark

Primark isn't just for clothes, jewellery and shoes - you can seriously kit out your house too in its home section.

At the moment it has some amazing bedding ready for spring, fancy candles and cushions we have our eye on.

Don’t hang about

If you do want something, don’t dither and get it. The odds of you finding it again is pretty slim, and popular items sell out super fast, especially if a big blogger likes it.

Put the words ‘sold out Primark’ into eBay, and you’ll see that popular items go seriously quickly, and people are happy to pay double/triple the value of the item. Crazy right?

Queue in the men’s section

Often, the men’s/children’s floor is an oasis of calm (well, compared to the rest of the place), so go down there to buy your stuff. Another place to check out is the up at the top floor as it is generally quieter too.

You won’t be a unique fashionista

A couple of years ago, I bought a green military style jacket with gold sequin arms. It was amazing. Here’s the thing, went to a festival, and every other girl was wearing it.

Because it was such a stand-out piece - it was really noticeable. This isn’t necessarily an issue (depends if you care really) but be careful, the odds of someone turning up in the same dress as you at a party greatly increase if you buy one of the new, popular items.

 

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