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How to save money on textbooks



Student study life involves a lot of reading, and I mean, a lot! It can be difficult, especially if you have to buy a lot of books for your course. But don’t worry, we’ve found some student life hacks to save you a bit of money when it comes to your reading lists.

Second hand

EBay and Amazon are your best friend when it comes to textbooks. More often than not, they’ll have used copies of the book that you’re looking for, and they’re usually in pretty good condition.

Keep an eye out on Facebook for students selling their books, especially on our Suffolk New Starters page. I also found a great website called Abebooks, which sells old library books from around the world, and will often have the book you’re looking for at a great price.


The library will often have multiple copies of the book that you need, so sometimes it’s best to use their copy to do your pre-reading. They also have loads of e-books, which are free to use, and all from the comfort of your own room. Have a chat with the library staff if you’re not sure how to access these.

Student discounts

There’s quite a few places that do student discounts, like Amazon Prime. This is perfect for when you’re putting in a big order of books. Save the money for a social night out with your friends after reading all those books.

Check with your lecturer

Sometimes reading lists will have multiple books that you have to buy, but often lots of them will contain the same information. Check with your lecturer to see which ones you have to buy, and which ones have similar content.

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