The University of Idaho Commons (Photo by Allen D. Thompson)

The University of Idaho, commonly referred to as U of I, is a large public university based in Moscow, Idaho. Founded in 1889, it is the oldest public university in the state. Idaho currently has an annual enrollment of over 12,000 students on all of its campuses. The sports teams at Idaho are known as the Vandals, and the school mascot is Joe Vandal. Idaho students have a few options on where to buy their textbooks. The following stores are the best places to shop for books:

Vandal Store is the official bookstore at the University of Idaho. This store carries everything students need to succeed in their classes. New and used textbooks are available along with study materials and supplements to go along with the books. The store also has buyback periods throughout the year where you can sell back your old books and get some money for them to use for new books. The store also has a nice selection of computer software and accessories, including Adobe software, Apple products, and headphones. All software titles are sold at reduced prices for students. Of course you will also find a full stock of Vandals clothing and apparel to show support for Idaho’s athletic teams. The store offers free 30-minute parking in the lot just to the south of the store’s location on the Moscow campus.

Beat The Bookstore at 317 West 6th Street is a great option for textbooks if you are looking for an off-campus store where you can save lots of money. Beat The Bookstore serves a number of universities nationwide. The goal behind this company is to save students as much money as possible on their textbooks. When you shop here, you can buy new and used books at fantastic low prices. There are also quite a few books available for rent. You will receive personalized service at this store, which means you won’t need to worry about getting the wrong books. Call the store at 208-882-2905 to pre-order your books so that you know you will get them in time before the semester starts.

Hastings Books, Music, & Video is a great used bookstore that sells all kinds of items. It’s at 2230 West Pullman Road. Because this bookstore is fairly close to the Idaho campus in Moscow, you will find a variety of used textbooks here. If your professor is using books that are a year or two old, there is a good chance this bookstore will have some of them. The prices are great and you can also pick up leisure books as well as other entertainment items like CD’s and DVD’s at great prices.