Head back to campus in style with school supplies from local retailers

Class is nearly in session in the City of Oaks. Stock up on school supplies and fun dorm decor and fan merch at locally owned retailers across the Triangle.

A colorful store table with a variety of merchandise.

Edge of Urge has decor to give your dorm a unique feel.

Photo provided by Edge of Urge

Raleigh is home to six different colleges and universities, and each one will begin its fall semester this month. No matter what school you’re prepping for, here are some local options to shop for books, school supplies, dorm decor, and spirit wear.

School supplies + books

Jerry’s Artarama is a national brand, but is headquartered right here in the City of Oaks. This store specializes in art supplies, but you can grab quality pens and paper for your note-taking needs, or pick out supplies for a paint-based hobby.

Crazy Alan’s Emporium in Chapel Hill is NC’s only independent office supplier and has pens ranging from 20 cents to $2,000.

Check out our guide to local bookstores to help fill your required reading list. Reader’s Corner and Nice Price Books are located right off of NC State’s campus and have plenty of used academic books available at a lower price.

And teachers, don’t forget to stock up at Tools 4 Schools, a free teacher supply store in Cary for Wake County Public School System educators. Another store dedicated to educators is The Teach Me Store, a Raleigh women-owned supply shop in operation since 1991.

Dorm decor + spirit wear

Grab some hip, functional, and unique decor from local vendors to give your dorm a homey feel. We recommend Edge of Urge, Deco Raleigh, and The Flourish Market for that local flair.

For Wolfpack students, fans, and fam, The Red and White Shop is a NC State grad-owned store where you can purchase authentic Pack gear. Plus, this store also sells Meredith College merch.

Back to school dates

  • St. Augustine’s University | Tuesday, Aug. 8
  • Shaw University | Wednesday, Aug. 9
  • Wake Tech | Monday, Aug. 14
  • NC State University | Monday, Aug. 21
  • William Peace University | Monday, Aug. 21
  • Meredith College | Wednesday, Aug. 23
  • Wake County Public School System | Monday, Aug. 28
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