A MINI zoo, free drinks and goody bags are just some of the attractions shopping centre bosses are laying on to welcome students to Sunderland.
The Bridges is holding its annual “Student Raid” night tonight for students at the city’s university and colleges, creating a carnival atmosphere and offering up to 30% discounts.
More than 8,000 students attended last year, giving them the chance to see what the city centre has to offer – as well as boosting the economy.
Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges, said: “This is always a fantastic event. Our retailers always support the evening with great discounts and jam-packed goody bags and it’s a great way for the new students to discover their new home while grabbing a bargain or three.
“We look forward to welcoming both new and returning students to what will be a great night.”
It’s the fifth time The Bridges has held the event, with students being treated to free food and drink samples from Starbucks, and Fosters Lager.
There will also be a range of limited edition goody bags given out to shoppers who buy from retailers including The Fragrance Shop, Thorntons and Blue Inc.
Handmade cosmetics company Lush will be repeating its annual offer which is always one of the most popular, with a free goody bag for anyone who spends more than £10.
The evening is open to new students and those already living in the city, with activities on the night including live DJ sets, competitions and a Discovery Zoo brought in by the city’s Business Improvement District.
•The event is free but anyone wishing to attend should register in advance at thebridges-shopping.com/student.