Books and stationery
Textbooks can be purchased from the SEFA store in the Hall of E building. VSAE Members can get a 10% discount (membership costs €20 so this pays for itself in the first year). Second hand textbooks can also be purchased on the VSAE website, and it is also worth asking second year students you meet when you arrive if they have one you can buy or borrow. It is sometimes possible to find pdf copies of textbooks, which will often reduce your spend on textbooks throughout the year.
For stationery supplies there are a number of different stores that you can get these from, however Action is particularly cheap and (depending on your commitment to note-taking and practising) you can expect to get through 10-30 notebooks / workbooks throughout the year. Also, have a look in the VSAE member room. There are often some notebooks, pens or other stationery available for you.