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05 Oct How to Find Cheap University Textbooks

University students will only know too well the problems of maintaining their finances and organising study time. They further face the problems of finding additional hours to socialise; juggling finances for going out, buying food, paying for rent and of course buying essential textbooks. Unfortunately university textbooks are expensive, but are an important tool for students when studying on a course.

There are ways of finding university textbooks without having to pay out a lot of money. Some of them can be found second hand from former university students whilst others can be found online. The University Students Union is a good place for people to look for textbooks and most are priced at an affordable rate. The disadvantage is that other students will have the same needs as your own and therefore all of the books that they request may not be as readily available.

The advantages, however, also include not just the price but also extra notes and information which may have been included with the textbook. Previous university students will have written notes in the book and so when selling their university textbooks on the next student will benefit from having these notes at hand when they need them. The problem that will always be faced by students is obtaining the books.

Unlike bookshops and online stores, buying from former students is usually on a first-come first-served basis. Once that book has been sold, another student will not be able to place the same order with the same seller for the same book as they have sold. Sellers of second hand books do not order large bulks of new university textbooks and tend to sell off their own supply simply to make space or to just be rid of them.

The best way to source out these second hand university textbooks is by logging on to the student union intranet, networking with other students, enquiring at the student union, placing adverts, looking on university notice boards and finding posts on student union forums. Other sources for information on cheap textbooks can be obtained from tutors, student union book shops, boot sales and freshers fairs. It is a matter of finding the time to research the information and making contact with people.

On the other hand University textbooks are a good investment if they are bought brand new. If the student keeps the book in good condition throughout the time of their course then they may in theory have no problems selling it on. What makes them more valuable to other students is that they may be filled with useful notes to which other students can use for assignments and coursework, proving that it has been put to good use. More people find that when they go on to sell their books, it is usually their textbooks that sell more than fiction books, making them worth the extra penny in the long run.



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