Heading to uni is, without a doubt, a big coming of age moment. It’s exciting, sure, but challenging, too. For many new students arriving in halls up and down the country, it’s their first time living away from home and sometimes it can all get a bit much.
Being a fresher isn’t all student discounts, ‘free’ money and partying. There’s another side to the university experience that often gets overlooked because it’s not quite as glamorous.
Many new students find themselves in a city they don’t know, removed from their support network whilst taking on a whole load of new experiences, from living independently (and all the chores that come with it) to the challenge of making new friendships and, most important perhaps, completing their studies.
Research shows that young people aged 16-21 are particularly prone to suffering poor mental health. That’s why intu Trafford Centre have teamed up with national charity The Blurt Foundation to raise awareness of depression and mental health at their freshers’ student shopping night.
The charity will be on hand outside Boots on the lower level of the centre throughout the event, encouraging students to stop by for a friendly chat and giving out tips on the best ways to manage stressful situations.
“We are really grateful to intu Trafford Centre for giving us the opportunity to attend their student shopping night this year,” said The Blurt Foundation CEO and founder Jayne Hardy.
“It’s important that we reach as many students as possible at a time when support for mental health is greatly needed so we cannot wait to meet all the students in the centre”
Students heading down to Tuesday’s event will have access to brilliant deals across intu Trafford Centre’s 200 stores, which include iconic brands Abercrombie & Fitch, Topshop, Pull & Bear, Selfridges, Tampopo and LEON.
Shoppers looking for a free makeover on the night can choose from brands such as Body Shop, M&S and John Lewis. M&S will also be hosting mini fashion shows throughout the night while John Lewis will be hosting a duvet stuffing competition with the fastest stuffer winning a free duvet.
The malls will also be full of music, fun and celebrities with performances from 8 DJ’s including centre favourites Freight Train and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners.
There will also be great deals on food and drink from the centre’s 65 cafes, restaurants and bars, like 99p burritos at Barburrito. The full list of offers available on the night can be viewed here.
“Mental health is such an important issue and we understand how stressful the start of a new term can be,” said intu Trafford Centre regional director Alison Niven.
“We are really pleased to be working with Blurt to ensure students get the best advice possible while also making sure they get some great deals while they are here. And with the huge amount of amazing deals we have on offer throughout the night this is set to be our biggest ever student night, something we are sure will bring a smile to students faces.”
Tuesday 9th October, intu Trafford Centre. Students need to register to attend.