Cypress Lake on the UL Lafayette campus (Photo by Jill Meaux)

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, commonly abbreviated UL Lafayette or ULL, is a large public university based in Lafayette, Louisiana. Founded in 1898, UL Lafayette enrolls over 16,000 students each academic year, the overwhelming majority of whom are undergraduate students. The school’s athletic teams are known as the Ragin’ Cajuns. Students at UL Lafayette know how important it is to shop around for the best prices on textbooks. The following stores are the best places to look for textbooks in the southwestern Louisiana region:

The official UL Lafayette bookstore is called the University Bookstore. The store is housed inside the UL Student Union in the heart of campus at 600 McKinley Street. The University Bookstore supplies students and faculty with all the books and materials necessary to succeed academically. Along with the traditional new and used book options, you will find a variety of books available for rent. The store also holds numerous contests throughout the year and gives out cool prizes, such as iPads, bookstore gift cards, and gift certificates to restaurants. But in order to win most of these contests, you have to sell back a book to the store during the buyback period. This means you get cash on the spot plus a chance to win even more. Other items for sale here include notebooks, pens, pencils, dorm supplies, computer items, and tons of Ragin’ Cajun gear for all fans of the athletic teams on campus.

TRI Textbook of Lafayette, also known by some students as simply Textbook Rentals, is a unique textbook outlet serving Lafayette students. It is located at 1119 General Mouton Avenue, just down the road from the school’s campus. This bookstore has lots of interesting optiosn and services to help students save money and to make the book-buying process as convenient as possible. The store primarily rents textbooks, which is a big savings right away. You can also order your books by phone and then pick them up curbside so you don’t even have to get out of your car. In addition, a deferred payment plan is available for students who need their books immediately but can’t pay for them upfront.  The store will match or beat prices from competing bookstores as well. Because of all the options here, you can really see how much this bookstore cares about students and why it is such a great place to get your books.

Books-A-Million has a great reputation for having such a huge variety of books. This variety includes academic books for students at all education levels. Books-A-Million has a location in downtown Lafayette at 4419 Ambassador Caffery Parkway. The prices here are reasonable and the selection is outstanding. You should check out the store for their new books as well as a nice selection of gently used books. Even if the store doesn’t have the books you need on their shelves, you can always order books from their website.