Beginning students shouldn’t buy any equipment as we realise that they need to attend a number of classes before they are certain that they want to continue their training in Aikido.
A uniform is not required in the beginning but it is recommended that students wear loose comfortable clothing that covers the elbows and knees. As some gripping of clothing is required during training, older clothing is the best option. Naturally as the student progresses in Aikido a uniform (single-weave judo gi or karate gi) is preferred. You can get these online from stores or ebay.
Aiki-Kai Australia has an online store to sell aikido equipment including uniforms and weapons. Aiki-Kai Australia aims to provide students with a range of high quality training items at affordable prices. They have negotiated good rates with their suppliers and only apply a reasonable mark-up on each item so that, even with shipping, in many cases they can arrive to you for often less than the usual over-the-counter price. The funds they make go back into advancing Aikido in Australia.
The club has a number of weapons that are available for use during class. Again the student who wishes to continue their training will eventually purchase their own weapons.