The costs of college are climbing, leaving many families searching for ways to save throughout the semester. Behind tuition, the cost of course materials usually ends up being the 2nd biggest line item on a student’s bill. Lucky for you, there are several ways to mitigate those costs, leaving more money in your wallet to spend on all the other parts of college.
One way to save major bucks is to rent your textbooks instead of buying them. Since you usually only use the books for one semester anyways, why buy it? Renting will save you money and space- and we all know how valuable that is when you’re living in a tiny dorm room.
There are tons of places to rent your textbooks, so we’ve done our homework and gathered the ones we think are the best of the best. To help you compare, we’ve priced out a common textbook many students use for basic science courses, Anatomy and Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function. The publisher’s list price is $266 for a new hardback edition.
As you consider the best place to shop for your textbooks, beware of late/damage fees and return periods (in case you decide to drop the class).