Stanford University (Photo by Sandip Bhattacharya)

Stanford University is a prestigious private research university in Stanford, California, just outside of Palo Alto on the San Francisco Peninsula. Originally founded in 1891, Stanford enrolls over 15,000 students per year. There are more graduate students at the school than undergraduates. Stanford’s athletic teams are called The Cardinal. Because the school has very high academic standards, textbooks are a priority among Stanford students. The following stores are the best places to shop for cheap textbooks on campus and in the local area:

The Stanford Bookstore, which is located right on campus in White Plaza, is the primary bookstore for Stanford students. Conveniently located near the center of campus, the Stanford Bookstore works directly with university faculty members, ensuring students receive the correct materials for each of their classes in a timely manner. The store sells textbooks either brand new or in a gently used condition. Rental textbooks and digital textbooks are available, too. Going digital or renting your books can be a huge money-saver, especially for college students on tight budgets. You can also find a special section dedicated to health science textbooks, in addition to a selection of general titles and novels. A ton of Stanford athletics gear is for sale as well, including hats, shirts, game-day accessories, and gift items for fans of all ages. Other items include computer hardware, software, peripherals, and general computer supplies. The selection covers most operating systems. When you shop here, you know you are getting the right stuff and supporting Stanford University at the same time.

Bell’s Books at 536 Emerson Street in downtown Palo Alto has served the Stanford University community and surrounding areas since 1935. Housed in an historic two-story building, Bell’s Books has an inventory with over 300,000 volumes covering over 500 subject areas. These books can be purchased as new or used, and the prices on them are very reasonable, especially the used books. A huge selection of academic books is available for Stanford students. Just a short drive from the center of campus, this is an excellent off-campus option for books and has a great reputation in the area.

Premier Off Campus Textbooks is another good off-campus store to check out. It is only a short drive from the Stanford campus in nearby Cupertino. The address is 21269 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Suite #730. The store primarily serves DeAnza Community College students, but they also carry plenty of textbooks for Stanford students and those attending any other colleges in the surrounding areas. The great thing about this store is that they buy back textbooks all year long, which is something many bookstores only do at certain times throughout the year. You can find reasonably priced books that are both new and used here. It is worth the 20-minute drive to this store because of how much you will save when purchasing your textbooks here.