Step 1: Materials
1. A stack of 50-100 pages of paper (graph, white, whatever you want)
Cost: Free. Just snatch some from the printing facilities on your campus
Cost: Also free since most campuses have free printing facilities
3. A copying center much like Kinko’s
Cost: A few calories, depending on how far away it is.
4. Binding at your local copy center
Cost: $2 on my campus. Might be slightly more/less for yours
Step 2: Step 1: Notebook Cover
You can also do this by hand or draw something.
Also print out office hours or other useful information pertaining to that class.
Step 3: Step 2: Paper
And finally, if you want to be both cheap and fancy, print grids on white paper using campus printing. This might annoy whoever is waiting for the printer though.
Step 4: Step 3: Binding
Take it to your campus copying center and have them bind it. Usually, this will also come with a clear front and some sort of black backing. You can also ask for both sides to be clear. I tend to use a clear cover for both sides and put office hours, TA emails, and room numbers on the bottom facing down so I can readily access whatever information I need.