It's easy to become a mall rat when you're skipping another Sociology of Sex lecture at Ryerson University.
The Eaton Centre and its big box neighbours won't make you feel like you've become one with the city's indie shopping culture, but you can't beat them for a quick retail fix.
Fast fashion has come to town in a big way with American retailer Forever 21 (302 Yonge, 416-260-9019) joining budget standbys H&M (Eaton Centre, 416-593-0064), Old Navy (Eaton Centre, 416-593-2551) and Le Chateau (Eaton Centre, 416-979-3122, and 328 Yonge, 416-977-2559) on the block.
If your dorm is craving a neo-retro touch, Urban Outfitters (235 Yonge, 416-214-1466) offers up jewel-toned cushions along with cheap-chic plates and glassware on its second floor.
Things start looking a little gay if you wander a few blocks north on Church. Bawdy boystown bars and clubs outnumber stores, but This Ain't the Rosedale Library (483 Church, 416-929-9912) sells some of the best-priced hetero- and homo-friendly books and magazines in town.
Get your freak on with some toys and vids from Priape (465 Church, 416-586-9914) or hop back to Yonge and cruise mega sex shop Seduction (577 Yonge, 416-966-6969)
Just north of Wellesley are Yonge's two best newbie shopping secrets. Central Surplus (610 Yonge, 416-964-8226) is a sweet stop for military style, and Propaganda (686 Yonge, 416-961-0555) delivers that crafty wardrobe punch you've been craving with locally designed clothing and accessories.