Whether it’s your first semester in college or your last, there is something you cannot avoid: textbooks.
Buying textbooks is probably one of the most infuriating and stressful things you have to do as a college student, but it’s a necessary evil. Here are a few tips to help make this a more pleasant experience.
Wait Until After the First Day of Class
Unless your professor emails you, don’t buy or rent the textbooks before the first day of class. Your professor may have had a miscommunication with the bookstore, so you may end up paying a lot of money for a book you won’t need.
But once class has started, remember to get your books as soon as you can. Most professors give you a day or two of leniency, but not two weeks.
Do Some Research
Shop around, look up prices, and explore your options.
Buying your textbooks at the university bookstore might seem the easiest option, but it can also be pricey. There are many websites that offer low prices on textbooks and can save you a lot of time and money. Make sure you get the right edition, then check out the options, compare the prices. You could be amazed at how much money you can save, even if that means you have to do a little research. Amazon, Chegg, Textbooks.com and CampusBookRentals.com are all great sites to explore.
Rent, Rent, Rent
Look into renting textbooks instead of buying. Renting your textbooks is one of the easiest ways to save money, and you only have to worry about returning them at the end of the semester.
This is especially helpful when you have a textbook for an elective course or you don’t want to be stuck with a book you will never use again. The best part is that most book suppliers have prepaid returns, so all you have to do is put the books in a box, place the label on it and drop it off at the post office.
ASU Book Swap
Angelo State also offers a great option for textbooks. The Multicultural Center hosts an ongoing Book Swap at which students can sell their books or buy them at a much cheaper price. There is even a lending library of donated textbooks. Simply email or walk in to the Multicultural Center and ask if they have a certain textbook available. This is a great way to save money and the best part is that it is all done on campus and it’s really hassle-free.
So even though buying textbooks can be a pain, it’s a part of college life we can’t escape, but we can always make it easier and cheaper on ourselves.