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It is worth purchasing your textbooks as soon as you know what they are, either before or during the first week of semester. This will enable you to get off to a good start, or even an early start. It will also save you the regret of scrimping by without your textbook all study period only to finally fork out for the purchase in the lead up to exams. Yes, this happens all too often.

Textbook costs vary from program to program, and course to course. As a guide one book will normally be around $50-$150, but in some cases can be as much as $200-$350. Legal and medical books are infamous for their hefty price tags.

Where to buy

Your textbooks can be purchased at the Co-Op Bookshop either online or on-campus (at all metropolitan campuses).

Second hand texts

If you prefer, you can try to find yourself a bargain second hand textbook through the UniSA Student Association (USASA) online book store or through their office in the West End Student Lounge. Second hand texts can be significantly cheaper and still in good condition. If you find an earlier edition of your recommended textbook this will probably work out fine, although note that the page numbers are likely to be different to the current edition, which can sometimes be tricky. It might be worth checking with your lecturer as to whether an old edition will suffice.

The Library may also hold copies of required books for short-term borrowing/photocopying purposes.

Other online options for sourcing books include sites like amazon.