How to Buy...

The How to Buy guide was created to assist departments in identifying the proper Procurement Pathways for buying products and services not addressed in the Standard Exclusions List.  

Certain commodities may be unique and require additional steps or forms to be included in your purchase request.  Select the commodity category below for purchase instructions based on your request. 

Contracts and Purchasing Services has negotiated with vendors for the best prices and/or services for SJSU's business purchases. We recommend departments consider using vendor on our Preferred Vendors List as a first choice when placing orders.

  • Commencement Supplies/Services
  • Equipment
  • Food/Catering
  • Furniture
  • Printing
  • Registration
  • Services
  • Software
  • Student Placement Agreement
  • Supplies