How to Save Bucks on Books!

Published: Monday, December 4, 2023

We understand that affordable education is a top priority for students, and this why, we at WUSA, want to give you ideas on how to save money when getting your course materials in the future. Here are some strategies to help you cut down on textbook expenses: 

Library Resources: Many textbooks can be found in the Dana Porter library. Utilize these resources by borrowing the required books for the semester. While you may not be able to keep them for the entire term, this can be a cost-effective solution for reading assignments and research.Library | University of Waterloo Library (uwaterloo.ca) 

Open Educational Resources (OER): Some courses use OER materials, which are freely available online. These resources can be a fantastic way to access quality educational materials at no cost. Here is a link where you can learn more. Where to find Open Education Resources, Tools, and Support | Open Scholarship at Waterloo | University of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca) 

Online Marketplaces: Consider purchasing or renting textbooks from online marketplaces and bookstores. Websites like Amazon, Chegg, and BookFinder often offer affordable options.  

E-books and Digital Materials: Check if your professors know about any digital versions of the required textbooks. E-books are often less expensive than printed copies and can be accessed on your computer, tablet, or e-reader. 

Buy Used or Older Editions: If your course permits, you can buy used textbooks or previous editions of the required book. Keep in mind that content may vary slightly.  

Book Sharing: Coordinate with classmates to share textbooks or split the cost of buying them. This can significantly reduce the financial burden. 

As we move into a new year without WUSA Used Books, we hope these suggestions will help you continue your education without a heavy financial burden. Our commitment to serving and advocating for the students at the University of Waterloo remains unwavering. The closing of WUSA Used Books will become a chapter in our story, but our dedication to the well-being of our students will continue to be a priority. We hope our future ventures in relation to our advocacy initiatives and commercial operations will continue to help you make the most of your university experience. 

For more information on the closure and transition plan, please read our official statement here.  

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