It’s that time of the year — you’re busy sorting out your timetable and getting ready for a new semester or trimester. One thing that can often be a hit to the wallet is textbooks. Depending on your field of study, you may be able to get some of your books second-hand which can help you save some money.
We’ve listed our five best recommendations for where you can purchase textbooks at a cheaper price.
1. Student VIP
Student VIP is a great platform for buying, swapping and selling new and used textbooks. By creating a free account, you can find textbooks in varying degrees of condition and often save quite a bit of money. There are plenty of textbooks available for a wide range of subjects and courses.
This website also offers subject notes, tutors and the LostOn Campus app, which will help you find your way around campus.
ZOOKAL allows you to search for textbooks by university and course. You may also be able to rent textbooks, which is an even cheaper option. When you rent a book, you’re responsible for keeping the book in good condition, then you can send it back at the end of the semester without having to worry about selling it off.
Much the same as ZOOKAL, with Jekkle you can rent or buy cheaper uni textbooks for your course. Jekkle also has some great deals on offer, like free shipping on orders over $100, a rental return guarantee deal and a 14-day guarantee on all orders.
4. Other websites and social media
If you have no luck with any of the sites listed above, try separate websites not affiliated with universities that are suggested by the campus for textbooks. You can also check your own university’s website for options for buying textbooks.
It may also be worth checking out social media pages related to your course.
5. Your uni or local library
Alternatively, you can borrow textbooks from the library for free if you need to use a textbook for only a limited amount of time. What you study and how popular your course may determine the availability of the text you need.