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When do you get your book lists and how long do you have to get them? Meg, Ipswich


Our Answer:

What books and materials you’ll need and when you’ll need them by is certainly a top question for students. And although this can largely depend on what course you’re set to study, we hope the following information will help you.

Once students get their formal offer of a course, they will be asked to complete an online registration and will be given a link to the ‘New Students Website’. From here you should be able to get a good idea of what kinds of reading you’ll be required to do.

Also, we have a thing called ‘Blackboard’ at UEA, a virtual learning environment where you’ll find all your academic content. You’ll be able to see what modules you’ve enrolled on, and each module will normally specify what readings you’ll need. You should be able to access this near the start of your course so you can begin to purchase any books and get reading! 

You might also be wondering where you can purchase your books and there are many ways you can go about this at UEA. For starters, we have a well-equipped library that holds over 800,000 books that we keep on adding to as well as other materials you may need, so you’ll be spoilt for choice here. Students can also access materials both on and off campus with our E-resources. Our library works alongside academic colleagues around reading lists which helps the library to get the materials that students need for their course and preparation for learning, such as books, eBooks, films, journals and journal articles. Once they know what academics are recommending for students, the library will normally get this in for students – at the point they need it for their studies.

The library is a free option meaning you do not need to spend lots of money on your course materials. Take a look here to read more about UEA’s fantastic library and what options are available to you.

Similarly, if you prefer having your own copies of books to keep, we conveniently have a Waterstones book shop on Campus which provides two floors worth of books, on all sorts of topics. You’ll often find books in here that relate to your course reading lists, but you can always ask the friendly staff if there’s something you’re especially looking for. 

Norwich is a great place to find books such as in the second-hand book shop Tombland Bookshop, a book filled Oxfam which is situated in the heart of the city on Bedford Street, and The Book Hive which stocks a range of books from poetry to cookery, perfectly placed in the city centre.

And also keep any eye out for second and third year students who may want to sell their books as they’re no longer using them – this can be a cheaper option for students when books haven’t changed from year to year!

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