When renting textbooks, you will need to be careful about highlighting and marking up the textbook.
Make sure to check with the company about what their rules and regulations when renting textbooks.
Check Your Library
Libraries, both on campus and off could have textbooks you can borrow.
Check and see how long you can borrow them for and if this would be a good option for you.
Most university libraries will allow you to check out the books for a few hours at a time if need be but there might be other options for more extended periods of time.
There could be a chance that some or all of the textbooks you need can be found in ebook format. This can make things easier and even a little cheaper.
You can search for these ebooks online on websites such as Amazon, or TextbookRush.com. You can pull these books up on a computer, tablet, or your phone.
Find A Friend
If you know someone who is also taking the same class, you could talk with them about sharing the cost of the textbook and sharing the book during the semester.
You would need to make sure that each of you would be able to have access to the book when you need it for this option to work for you.
If you can find an older edition of the textbook that you know will still hold up, that can be an excellent way to save on cheap textbooks.
You don’t want to go too far back, but in a lot of cases, you don’t need to have the newest edition.
Speak with your professor about a particular edition if you are not sure about if that book will work.
One thing to keep in mind is that if the syllabus has page numbers to go by, they could differ by edition.
However much you spend on your books, make plans to sell them after the semester is over. That way you can make back some of your money. Most college and university bookstores will buy back your books.
If you have books from your major or ones that are very interesting to you, they can be worth keeping and putting on your bookshelf.
Here are some sites that may purchase your books from you.