Seeking out Quiet Study Spots On and Off Campus

Hey Hoosiers! I have basically returned back to blogging now over Thanksgiving Break as I have the time to relax before my life gets turned upside down by final exams and papers. I want to discuss with all of you some of the best study spots I have found all over campus and off campus that make for a great place to catch up on homework or type up that paper which you can't seem to put together. Some of these study spots may come as a surprise to you all and others will be very obvious to most everyone as college students.

Here are my Top 7 favorite study spots on campus (approved by me of course):

  1. Indiana Memorial Union - The busiest place on campus most of the time
    • East Lounge (Main Level) - Many students come here to study and relax during the week, but on weekends it's a totally different story.
    • Tree Suite Lounge (Main Level) - This is where I end up at to study during the weekdays between classes and during the weekends. Not many know about the comfy couches and chairs that fill this area for students to study at.
    • South Lounge (1st Floor) - Close to the Starbucks in the IMU and other food places, this is a location that many students go to for a quick bite or quick study session except the weekends.
    • Food Market (Main Level) - Packed during the weekdays from like 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but you can get a lot of studying done here after 5 p.m. on any weekday and anytime during the weekends as long as the IMU is not super busy.
  2. Any formal lounges - as long as they are not closed for maintenance
    • Wright Formal Lounge - A busy location for students to relax in, but during certain periods of the day it's a very peaceful place to do homework at.
    • Teter Formal Lounge - Usually open 7 days a week and you can hear students playing the piano and other musical instruments in practice rooms if your lucky.
  3. School of Education Library - Good place to study anytime during the day and throughout the week.
  4. Union Street Center - Anytime during the week, but there are very few study spots and you must get them before others get to it.
  5. Teter Academic Support Center - Specifically Sundays thru Thursdays anytime as long as no study sessions are going on in there.
  6. Monroe County Public Libary (Kirkwood Avenue) - Who would believe that a public library is a good place to study? I do. Why? I have actually studied in the public library and got so much done that I am like why is Wells Library so different from the public library. The only reason is that the librarians working at the public library enforce respect and quiet speech.
  7. IU Visitor Information Center (Carmichael Center on Kirkwood Avenue) - This place that many students don't even know about does exist. I actually applied to be a student staff member at this place and noticed that it has everything you need in order to get some true studying done without many distractions to disturb you. You got your round table with some chairs plus magazines and even free coffee if you need some in order to get through that tough class of yours.

Thanks for reading Hoosiers! Stay strong and we will make it through the end of this Fall 2012 semester!

About The Author
Kevin KingProud Hoosier Alumni, Warsaw IN, Class of 2015

Hello! I am known as Kevin to many of my fellow peers, friends, and family.

I am a recent college graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, with duel minors in Political Science and International Studies along with a Political & Civic Engagement certificate.

My college life was filled with academics and extracurricular activities, but especially as a senior.  I was heavily involved with the following campus organizations/departments: Residential Programs & ServicesFirst Year Experience, Student Peace Alliance, and the Office of Student Life and Learning. Finally, I was a student blogger for WeAreIU.com for three years.

Fun fact: I have worked Summer New Student Orientation twice as a Program Assistant!

Stay true and have fun Hoosiers!