University of Minnesota campus and skyline (Photo by Fibonacci Blue)

The University of Minnesota is a large public university based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The school ranks as having the fourth-largest student body on a college’s main campus in the entire United States. The school’s athletic teams are called the Golden Gophers. Because U of M is such a huge university, students here must have options when it comes to getting their textbooks. The following stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are the best places to shop for books:

The University of Minnesota Bookstore is the main on-campus bookstore serving Minnesota students and faculty. It’s right on campus at 300 Washington Avenue Southeast. The staff at this store will work directly with you to analyze your course schedule, determine which books you need, and then present you with various options on books. These options may include buying used books, buying e-books, or even renting your books. You can save hundreds of dollars on computers here as well, such as a discount on Apple’s high-performance MacBook Pro. Golden Gophers merchandise is also available for men, women, and people of all ages and sizes. There are graduation items too if you are graduating in the near future.

The University of Minnesota Student Text Exchange is a unique online-only service that allows U of M students to buy, sell, and otherwise exchange textbooks with other students. The reason this type of service works so well is because students are dealing directly with others from the same school. You will know you are getting the correct materials for your classes because you’ll be getting your books from students who took the same classes with the same professors. All you have to do is create an account to buy or sell textbooks. You will be provided with the contact information of the buyer or seller, and then you can discuss pricing options.

The Student Bookstore is a nice alternative to other textbook stores. This company has two locations for Minnesota students – one at 1501 University Avenue Southeast and 825 Washington Avenue. SBS prides itself on offering some of the most reasonably priced books and other items. They have new and used books and also offer different rental options that allow students to save even more money. You can find some deals and special codes on the store’s website that can be used for discounts in the store. They also sell tons of Golden Gophers apparel as well as dorm supplies for students living in university housing areas. You can sell back your books to the store for very competitive rates.

Barnes & Noble has a convenient location for U of M students in downtown Minneapolis at 801 Nicollet Mall in the Midwest Plaza shopping center. B&N carries all kinds of textbooks in just about every subject area imaginable. Not only can you buy books in-store, but you can also order them online to be shipped right to you. This makes it easier so you can avoid the rush of textbook buying that comes along at the start of each semester. B&N’s Nook e-reader makes it convenient to read digital textbooks wherever you are, too.