College Hall on the Penn campus (Photo by pwbaker)

The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League school based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1740, roughly 36 years prior to the American Revolution. The school enrolls about 21,000 students and is just about evenly split when it comes to undergraduate students and graduate students. Also known as Penn, the school’s athletic teams are called the Quakers. Red and blue are the official school colors. Since the university is located in an urban area of Philadelphia, there are several options on where Penn students can purchase their textbooks and school supplies. Here are some of the best stores to check out for books:

The University of Pennsylvania Bookstore is the official college bookstore. It’s located in the heart of campus at 3601 Walnut Street. When you buy your books here, you can be assured that you are getting what you need because the Penn professors work directly with the bookstore. You can purchase new textbooks, used textbooks for savings of over 25%, rental textbooks for savings of over 50%, and digital textbooks for savings of up to 60% off the regular list prices of certain books. Because of all these options, there are so many ways to save cash here. School supplies, backpacks, diploma frames, and discounted hardware and software are also for sale. Open seven days a week, the store doesn’t close until 10:30 p.m. most nights, which is perfect for college students who stay up late and have busy schedules. You can buy most items from the store on its website if you can’t make it to the actual location.

A great off-campus option is Zavelle Bookstore. It’s at 1520 North Broad Street and is about three miles from campus. The rewards program at this bookstore allows students to build up points for each purchase in order to receive discounts on future textbook purchases. The store offers new, used, and rental books, in addition to a large number of digital textbooks available online. You can sell your used textbooks back to the store and get some cash back on the spot. School supplies and other items are also for sale. This store serves a number of universities in the area, including Temple, Villanova, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Another option is called Better Than The Bookstore. This is a unique student-run initiative in the Philadelphia area. It’s designed to provide an eco-friendly method of exchanging textbooks. The organization has an exchange center located at 1431 Cecil B. Moore Avenue in downtown Philly. To participate, students post the books they wish to sell on the website. Potential buyers can search for certain books. When a match is made, the seller receives payment from the buyer through the website. The seller then drops off the book at the exchange location, and the buyer picks it up at his or her convenience.