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Essential Tools for Architecture Students

If you’re an architecture student, it can be difficult to get your hands on good, affordable, top-quality architectural supplies, even in a big city like London.

If you’re on the hunt for good supplies and you’re a bit uncertain of what’s essential and what’s an unnecessary luxury, we’re here to help you out.

Here’s a guide to what you’ll need, whether you’re partway through your studies or you’re yet to begin:

  • Good quality A4 cartridge paper
  • Good quality A3 cartridge paper
  • Selection of good quality pencils from 2B to 6B
  • Plastic eraser with an eraser shield
  • Quality masking tape, for securing your paper to your table
  • Adjustable set square
  • Shapes and stencils
  • Tape measure
  • Architectural scale ruler
  • Metal ruler for cutting
  • Well-built, good-quality, properly-sharpened scalpel or craft knife
  • Cutting mats
  • Durable A1 portfolio case
  • Dress makers pins for displaying and perusing your work
  • Good protractor and a good compass

… these are the ultimate essentials! Your particular course or niche might dictate more, but these are the absolute basics for each and every student.

When you’re buying your equipment, you also want staff who know what they’re talking about and materials which come with a guarantee of quality. The list above only covers the absolute basics, and many of these pieces of equipment need features which we haven’t listed in detail, so it can be helpful to speak to someone with experience.

Come to us and we’ll make sure that you’re getting good equipment and good advice. We’ll speak to you to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need. Different students have different needs according to what they’re studying, so we can help.

Our student shop backs directly onto the Greenwich University Architectural facility, so you don’t have far to come to pick up your supplies. We’ll get you sorted in no time. We even offer 10% off with your NUS card. Pop in!

Need more help? Give us a call on 020 8858 1226