Now that the year is coming to a close, I figured I would share some of the study spots I’ve been to. The things I’ve been considering when looking for a good study spot are noise, view, and comfort. I prefer outdoor spaces, especially now that it’s getting warmer, so for the sake of this post, we’ll separate the two.
*I still have not been to all possible study spaces, but I will rank the ones I have visited.
- Adler Journalism Building: I have studied and even taken quizzes here, especially during my break after my discussion section in this building. I really love the atrium and all the sunlight that filters into it, and usually, it is quiet enough that I can focus on work. They have multiple kinds of seating arrangements too, so I can usually find something that fits my mood and settle in for a comfortable study session.
- Daum (Residence Hall) Floor Lounge: This is basically my default if I’m sick of studying in my room. It’s got comfortable seating and is usually pretty quiet. I also like using the whiteboard in there to map out my thoughts while studying. Most residence halls will have similar atmospheres in their lounges and study areas. Daum does not have private study rooms, unfortunately, but many other residence halls do.
- IMU basement/Hawkeye Room: This is an area to go to if you’re looking for a somewhat energetic environment to keep your mind awake and active. There are so many different seating options and even a napping room.
- Blank Honors Center: It is typically very quiet here. I usually try to sit by a window to get some light, but since the building is kind of stark I never really feel in the mood to study.
- Main Library: Surprisingly, I don’t actually like making the trek to the main library to study. For me, the atmosphere always feels a little too stressed for me to get anything done. I know a lot of people who do like to study here though, and they say it’s usually pretty comfortable and quiet. There are lots of floors and areas to choose from in the library.
- IMU Terrace: This is probably my favorite place to go, indoors or outdoors. I love being outside and feeling the breeze from the river and looking at all the people going by on the walkway. It’s also not too loud, and I can enjoy the sounds of the river and the birds on it. The chairs can get a little uncomfortable after a while, but then I just move to the grass and settle in. It’s the best spot for leisurely reading, too, in my opinion.
- Art Building West: Another good view near the water. It’s pretty calming and makes me feel like I’m in a Frank Lloyd Wright wonderland. Also decently quiet.
- Outside Blank: This is high up on the list because it is super convenient to get to. It can get a little loud with people constantly walking by on the T. Anne Cleary Walkway, but I usually find myself here with a friend, so our conversations typically drown others out.
- Tippie Courtyard: This is best in the spring when all the flowers and trees are coming back to life. It’s a nice, semi-secluded area with covered and uncovered seating. I really enjoy watching the squirrels run around in the grassy area.
- Outside Seamans Center: This is probably the loudest outdoor location, just because it’s situated right on the road. I do still like it, however, because it’s usually fairly empty and I can stay there for hours without distraction. The only other downside is that the seats aren’t too comfortable, but sometimes that can motivate me to finish studying sooner!
Other Places I like to Relax
I can’t really vouch for studying at these places, but I know many people who also enjoy these areas as study spots or places to wind down! I personally love walking around City Park, especially by the river bank.
- Stanley Art Museum: There is a nice terrace on the 3rd floor that looks out over the city, which is really relaxing.
- City Park: There are many places to walk around or sit. I also enjoy just messing around on the swings on playgrounds, because even college students need to embrace their inner kid sometimes.
- Pentacrest: There are lots of spots to sit, whether it be on the Old Capitol steps, one of the many benches, or even just on the grass. On sunny, warm days, you’re sure to find a lot of people on the lawn.