Freshers Reading List Guidance
When you are new to university study, the amount of reading you are expected to do can be daunting. However, you can learn how to prepare yourself in advance and find ways to make the going easier.
Just because a book is on your reading list, doesn't mean you have to buy it! You can borrow from your university library, and only buy books you're specifically told to by your tutors. (But, even then, you can usually borrow these for the library.)
Most books on your reading list (especially for arts/humanities/social science subjects) you will either read once, or read just a chapter from each book. Next week's reading will be a whole new list of books. This is why you shouldn't even think of buying them.
If you really do need to buy specific books, then you do not need to buy them new! For some subjects books cost £100+. Your university bookshop, Amazon, Oxfam Books, Alibris or Abebooks will have cheap but quality secondhand copies.
You can buy good copies of most uni text books 2nd hand - just make sure they are the right 'edition' (ie. published in the right year). If in doubt, get the most up to date one.