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