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mvarkeymvarkey 12 replies17 threads New Member
edited May 2011 in University of Pittsburgh
When do we have to buy books? Is it right after Pitt Start or later on in the summer?

edited May 2011
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 threads Senior Member
    Pitt has a great way (although a bit pricier than ordering on-line) to get your books. You send your schedule to the bookstore and it will have your books boxed for you to pick up when you arrive on campus to move in. If your parents allow it, the bookstore will keep a credit card on file and you can buy there on that credit card. It is VERY convenient.
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  • DonnaMomDonnaMom 360 replies24 threads Member
    I agree with MD Mom. That is how we did it for both semester freshman year.

    The books each semester cost about $ 400 and my DS got $ 200 when he sold them back at the end of the semester.

    So if you think about renting be sure to weigh the cost of renting vs cost of buying/selling back.
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  • clarinetzclarinetz 96 replies2 threads Junior Member
    The Pitt book center typically releases a price list about a month before the semester starts. You really don't need to start getting your books until then. I normally pick mine up a few days before the semester starts, or even during the first week if I'm not sure what exactly the professor is going to want.

    Reserving books is convenient, but can be expensive. I typically buy only what I have to from the Book Center, then explore the various off-campus bookstores, the internet, and Chegg.com (a book rental site) to see if I can get anything cheaper.
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  • PittPeerAdvisor2PittPeerAdvisor2 32 replies0 threads Junior Member

    I'm a Pitt Peer Advisor at the A&S Advising Center. I will be a junior in the fall and I would like to also bring up that the library is also a really great resource. It depends what classes you are taking. For example, many times for a lot of our humanities classes, professors will assign novels and books for the course material. This year, I was able to get many of my humanities books from the library and saved a lot of money.

    University Library System ULS University of Pittsburgh

    Check out your book titles to see if they are available!

    Sometimes professors will revise their course materials too, and so e-mailing them might not be a bad idea either, just to double check and make sure those are the correct ones.

    Hail to Pitt!
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