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Student in Holland: Where to buy compulsory textbooks?

Question and Answers 7 October 2011, 00:00

So, you are admitted to a Dutch University! Now you should make sure that you have all the books required for your studies. If you have not thought about the textbooks while at home or prefer buying them in the Netherlands, there are several places where you can find them for a good price.

So, you are admitted to a Dutch University. Now, being a student you should make sure that you have all the books required for your studies. Start from exploring the web-site of your university, it usually contains some information about the subjects which you are going to study in the framework of your programme and a literature list.

The majority of international students prefer ordering all the compulsory textbooks via Amazon.com or any other website where you can find some second-hand books for a very reasonable price. They usually do it well in advance to make sure that they are still at home when the books are delivered.

If you have not thought about the textbooks while at home or prefer buying them in the Netherlands, there are several places where you can find the books you need for a good price.

Places where you can search for the textbooks

It is always a good idea to check various information boards on the territory of your campus. Some students are willing to sell their last year textbooks to the newcomers and often place their advertisements on such boards. Another place to have a look for such ads is a Facebook page of your university or your particular programme.

If you are searching for the books online, do not forget to check Bol.com website. It is a very popular Dutch website where you can find various books in English, Dutch and other languages (both new and second-hand) for a very good price. The website is in Dutch, but it is very easy to navigate. You can also visit Polare.nl – it is another place to search for both new and second-hand textbooks. Since De Slegte is a network of bookshops, the website comes in handy if you want to check whether the book you need is available in your particular city. Some useful Dutch words to remember when checking online bookshops are: “studieboeken” – “textbooks”. “nieuw” – “new”, “tweedehands” – “second-hand”, “op voorraad” – “available”.

Do not forget to have a look at Marktplaats (which is a Dutch version of Ebay). There you can find all second-hand books which are on sale and sort them out according to the price.

Selexyz is another popular network of bookshops in the Netherlands. You can most likely find one in your own city. If the book you need is not there, you can always ask a salesperson in the shop to order it for you. This service is free of charge and often comes in very handy. However, it usually takes some time for the ordered book to be delivered.

If you are not ready to buy a textbook or you are waiting for its delivery, it is a good idea to visit the University library. There is usually at least one copy of each compulsory textbook available in the reading room, so you can still be able to get ready for your class.

 

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