Find Your Study Niche

EVA FREDERICK CNS students are bombarded from every direction with advice on the how’s, when’s, and why’s of studying—but there is much less focus on where to study. If you’re like the average undergraduate, you will spend over 80 days studying during your four years of college, so you might as well find a place you like. Finding your personal study niche can be difficult, so here’s a hands-on field guide to a few popular study locations on campus and beyond.


The PCL

PCL

From a quiet study tomb where sleep schedules go to die (4th and 6th floors) to a red-bull-fueled study-group party (Collaborative Commons on 5th floor), PCL can be whatever you want/need it to be. It is one of the best-known study spots on campus, and for good reason. The PCL can provide a place for any kind of studying you want to do, and you’ll most likely make some friends in the process. Fun fact: the building is an example of brutalist architecture—coincidence, or did the architects know how rough UT tests can be?

Pros: When the whiteboards aren’t covered in facts and formulas, they are canvasses for procrastinating student artists. You can find a Flickr devoted to PCL whiteboard art here.

Cons: Can get overcrowded during midterms or finals. Bathrooms are a 6/10.


The Union

Union

The Texas Union building oozes classiness. With multiple fancy conference rooms and a huge Christmas tree towards the end of fall semester, the Union is a great place if you want to study in style. There are also ample snacking options, and bowling and pool downstairs if you need a study break.

Pros: The tasteful, traditional decorations can be comforting, like an elderly relative’s house.

Cons: Each floor closes at a different hour, and the entire building shuts down at 3am. Don’t expect to pull an all-nighter here.


The FAC

FAC

The Flawn Academic Center is your spot if you like spacious, high ceiling-ed study places. It has very roomy study booths, easy-access computers, a laid-back atmosphere, and is a good place for group projects.

Pros: Open 24-7 Monday through Thursday.

Cons: There is no place to buy food.


The SAC

SAC

Not to be confused with the FAC, the Student Activity center is a social hub and a great place to study if you like a more cozy environment. From the interestingly-shaped chairs on the top floor, to the pillow-covered study stairs, to the cozy fireplace lounges, the SAC lives up to its nickname as “The Living Room of Campus.”

Pros: One word: Chick-Fil-A.

Cons: If you choose to sit outside, be prepared for an onslaught of aggressive, snack-seeking squirrels.


NHB

NHB

With its silent study space and innovative DNA benches, the Norman Hackerman Building has achieved relative fame as a campus nap hotspot. But the NHB is much more than a place to sleep. The fifth-floor study area has good-sized study tables, a beautiful view of the campus, and easy access to a cactus and succulent garden on the balcony.

Pros: In case of extreme flooding, the canoe statue is right outside.

Cons: The study spots on the fifth and sixth floors are a little hard to find, but once you’re there you never want to leave.


Battle Hall:

Battle Hall

The architecture library at Battle Hall is beautiful, historic, and absolutely silent. It’s a study heaven for the easily-distracted, and an ideal place to get some reading done. If you want to procrastinate, the architecture is beautiful (as it should be), and there are displays, documents, and models around the edges of the library that may or may not be a whole lot more interesting than your biology reading.

Pros: Quieter than a mouse.

Cons: Absolutely no food or drink. Yes, that means the water bottle in the side pocket of your backpack. No, you can’t sneak in tater tots Napoleon Dynamite style.


Bennu 24-hour Coffee Lounge

Bennu 24 Hour Coffee Lounge

Located east of campus, Bennu is a hotbed of flannel-shirted, Macbook-air-toting students. Good coffee and eclectic taste in music make Bennu a hipster haven. As with most coffee shops, the music can be a little loud. Bennu can be a good place to churn out a lab report or put the finishing touches on an essay.

Pros: You can buy coffee at 3am.

Cons: You can buy coffee at 3am.


Mozart’s Coffee Roasters

Mozarts

If beautiful surroundings put you in the mood for studying, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is the place for you. Located on the bank of scenic Lake Austin, Mozart’s is particularly popular with the crowd who enjoy Instagramming pictures of their class notes artfully arranged next to a cappuccino.

Pros: You can get unlimited coffee for a little extra money.

Cons: You have to drive or bus there.


This guide can be a handy resource for finding somewhere to cram for that chemistry test, but don’t be afraid to branch out! Sometimes finding your own, relatively secret place to study can go a long way to making UT feel like home.

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