Study Locations on Campus


Christina McKinley

Exam week is just around the corner, and everyone is scrambling to get projects done, finish papers and study for the biggest tests of the semester. With all the rush and stress, everyone needs a place to get work done.

Obviously different study locations work for different people, but how do you know the best one for you? To save you the time and effort of trying all of them, here is a list of accessible study locations:



Whether this be your dorm room, apartment or your house with your family, studying at home is a good default. It’s a comfortable environment that you have control over. You can study where and how you want from your living room to your bed.

However, home can also be full of things that distract you from work such as TV, Netflix or video games, and it may not be ideal depending on who you live with. Be sure that if you’re studying at home, it’s a place where you are not easily distracted and you and your roommates or family won’t be disruptive to each other.

A dorm most likely has more regulations than your house, but it can also come with many benefits. Dormitories usually have study rooms and community rooms to help you prepare. Living in one also means that you live near other students who may be taking the same subjects as you, so you can find people to study with.



Henderson Library is the most diverse building on campus in terms of study resources. Each floor has a different, acceptable noise level and provides study rooms and computers for students to use. It also has Zach’s Brews to provide food and coffee right in the building.

“I like studying in the library because I get distracted if i sit in my dorm,” said Emma Stanfield, a freshman psychology major.


Russell Union (RU)

RU is a bit more noisy than other places, but if you prefer to study with background noise, this may be the place for you. Noise level varies throughout the day, but things are generally quieter upstairs and in the upstairs computer room. There are a lot of tables and chairs in the common area, which are ideal for study groups. Another plus is that you can get food quickly at the Chick-fil-a, Starbucks and Gus Mart.



While going outside doesn’t provide a lot of table space, you can find a peaceful place to study. This can be on a park bench, a picnic table, or even the Rotunda. It is also a great space to enjoy the outdoors while doing your schoolwork. It also has no volume restrictions.


If you are struggling with your studies and need help, the Academic Success Center, the Writing Center and the Counseling Center are open to students.


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