Gems on Campus: Where to Study
Studying in stressful locations such as the FAC (Flawn Academic Center) or the PCL (The Perry-Castañeda Library) can get boring and monotonous. Here are a list of “hidden” study spots on campus to vary your routine and introduce you to new parts of campus!
If you are looking for a place with lots of sunlight, open seats, and a semi-quiet environment, check out the main floor of the CMA (Jesse H. Jones Communication center). There are large windows that span from the ceilings to the floor. If you are someone that loves looking at nature but don’t like the elements, this is the place for you.
The 3rd and 4th floors of the NHB (Norman Hackerman Building) have relatively quiet and open study spaces that are usually not very crowded. This is an amazing place to study if you really need to concentrate with limited distractions. There are some seats facing windows if you enjoy light and scenery as well.
If you enjoy busy study areas, the main floor of the EER (Engineering Education and Research Center) if the perfect place for you. This building is newer and has a very white color scheme that will wake you up as soon as you walk in. This clean and refreshing feel as well as the constant traffic is great for people who enjoy stimuli while studying. There is also an O’s Campus Cafe in the building if you get hungry!
The SSB (Student Services Building), although an unconventional place to study, has great seating across all floors. Not many people study there so there’s always room and is generally quiet as well. If you enjoy studying on couches there are several comfortable ones on the main floor. You could even stop by the 40 Acres Pharmacy to grab a quick snack to munch on if you’re hungry!
During dead days and finals week, the SAC (Student Activity Center) puts large tables in the ballroom and opens it up as a study room. They provide pencils and the occasionally coffee or treats! It is a great place to study in groups for finals and is in a great centralized location close to coffee and food.
BONUS (NON-UT) LOCATION: The Austin Central Library is less than a 20 min bus ride on the 803 from the Co-op bus stop. The library is not very crowded on weekdays and has floors of study spaces as well as private meeting rooms that can be reserved ahead of time. This is a great place for people who like to vary their study settings as well as be surrounded by additional resources. Take advantage of the free bus rides you get as a UT student and the wonderful places Austin has to offer!