A view from the bike path at FIU's Biscayne Bay campus (Photo by Brandt Absolu)

Florida International University (FIU) is a major public research university located in an area of Miami, Florida that id designated as University Park. Founded in 1965, FIU is one of the newer schools in the state and currently has over 44,000 students enrolled in classes annually. The school colors are blue and gold, and the school mascot is named Roary the Panther since the athletic teams are called the Golden Panthers. FIU students have several options on where to purchase their textbooks. Here are some of the best bookstores to check out for the best deals:

The main campus bookstore, simply called the FIU Bookstore, is conveniently located on campus at 11000 Southwest 8th Street. The FIU Bookstore sells all required and recommended textbooks and materials for students in all majors. You can save up to 25% on used books here and up to 50% on rentals. There are also a number of digital textbooks for sale at vastly reduced prices, and some are up to 60% off the regular price of the book. And if you wish, of course, you can also buy new books here. The store also sells lots of study guides, reference manuals, and supplements, which can oftentimes be extremely helpful when studying for exams. In addition, you can return books for a full refund before the add/drop period ends. You can also find technology items at discounted prices. Golden Panthers clothing, apparel, and gift items are available as well, and there is a special section with a full line of Adidas apparel.

Book Horizons is a family owned and operated bookstore just down the road from FIU at 1110 South Dixie Highway. This store serves students from Florida International University and the University of Miami. The shelves here are fully stocked with tons of new and used textbooks in every subject matter imaginable. Book Horizons offers great prices, especially on used textbooks. In addition, they have a complete section dedicated to FIU law books for students in law school. The store posts coupons on its website, so make sure to check it and print out the coupons before going there. The store has been around since 1953 and has a great, longstanding reputation in the area.

Booksmart is another fantastic off-campus textbook outlet in the area. Located at 1415 Southwest 107th Avenue, it is literally one mile from the FIU campus and is actually within walking distance if you don’t mind taking a walk and getting some exercise before the book-buying process. Along with discounted textbooks at very low prices, you will find plenty of other college supplies here like backpacks, binders, and lab supplies like goggles and lab coats. The store also carries study aids to help supplement your coursework. The store has been family owned and operated since 1992, and the staff here will work with you one-on-one to make sure you save money on every item you buy.

Finally, Bookstock is a great place to top by for more new and used college textbooks. The slogan for the store is “Peace, Love, & Textbooks,” so you know you will have a great experience when shopping here and you will get your books at great prices. The store is only  a short drive from the FIU campus and is situated at 10577 Southwest 109th Court. Call the store at 305-275-5650 to see if the books on your list are in stock.