Live on Campus, But Don't Shop There

25. July 2012 07:52


It's a sure bet that you'll get sticker shock when you see the prices of textbooks and other student must-haves.  But it's easier now than it ever has been to bypass the campus store and find bargains on texts, tech, and dorm necessities.

For those textbooks you know you'll never use again, consider textbook rental.  You can download e-texts that will expire at the end of the semester, or receive a printed book in the mail and simply mail it back after the final.  Used books are a great way to save money; just be sure you're purchasing the correct edition and that the entire book hasn't been colored in highlighter.

Living in the dorms? You'll want to bring along enough surge-protecting outlet strips to handle all your electronics as well as a good long network cable. While most universities have WiFi, it hasn't always reached those dorms at the extreme edge of campus. Prices for both these items are at a premium at the school store.  But you'll find great deals on these necessities at any of our Electronic Device & Accessories dealers.

For everything else, use your student email address to sign up for an Amazon Student membership.  It gets you 6 months of FREE Amazon Prime benefits including FREE 2-day shipping so you won't have to wait too long for your stuff.  When the 6 months are up, you can sign on to Prime at a 50% discount.

And here's a great deal for music lovers:  now through September 30, 2012, you'll get $5 in FREE MP3s when you spend $25 on textbooks at Amazon--no special membership or coupon code required.  Deal applies to new textbooks only, not Kindle, rentals, or used books.  When your textbook purchase ships, you'll receive an email with information on how to redeem your credit.