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Boston University: Underrated Study Spots

Every BU student knows about the Mugar Memorial Library and the Late Nite Cafes. These study spots are popular year-round, and they’re crammed during finals week. But what if you want to bring your homework somewhere a little quieter? Here’s a list of study spots you might not have noticed right away.

Libraries and Lounges

Stone Science Library & Geddes Language Center

Located in the CAS building, the Stone Science Library is often empty, which makes it an ideal place for isolated studying. Surrounded by books, journals, and atlases, you can cram for exams in peace. 

If you’re interested in a more sociable environment, however, the Geddes Language Center is located on the top floor of the same building. The Language Center has the added benefit of computers in semi-private booths. 

The many booths at the Geddes Language Center offer a measure of privacy. (Credit: Instagram @summerspanishbu.)

Science and Engineering Library

This library offers free drinks using a Keurig machine. You can get coffee, tea, and (depending on the time of year) hot cocoa or cider. You will need to bring your own cup, but a reusable cup is a good long-term investment for anyone. There are small booths for private studying and larger tables for groups. If you want a study break, the library presents a “recreational science” section with a broad selection of sci-fi.

The Science and Engineering Library is a top-tier study spot on the BU campus. (Credit: Twitter @bulibraries).

Communications Student Lounge

The communications building has free newspapers. More importantly, it has a student lounge with charging stations and a black and white printer. (For color printing, visit computer lab 338.) 

The study lounge is typically a subdued environment with easy access to vending machines. Bear in mind: if you find the lounge crowded, there are numerous classroom spaces in the building, particularly in the basement. When those spaces aren’t occupied by classes, they’re yours for the taking.

Restricted Areas

Kilachand Hall

The top floor of Kilachand Hall presents a stunning view of the city. There’s ample room, lots of tables, and beautiful study space. Of all the places mentioned in this list, this may be the most scenic location. That said, the building isn’t open to just anybody. If you aren’t already living at Kilachand Hall, you’ll need a resident to swipe you in.

The top floor of Kilachand Hall is exclusive to residents. Try your best to get inside… the view is worth the trouble. (Credit: Instagram @bostonu.)

Ingalls Engineering Resource Center

This center is technically only available to engineering students. If you’re not an engineering student, befriend one so that you can gain access to this space. The center contains meeting rooms, a conference room, and plenty of desktop computers. Because of the limited accessibility, this study area is not as well-known as others and typically isn’t crowded. 

Cozy Spots

Yawkey Center for Student Services

If you find yourself on the east side of campus, your best bet is the Yawkey Center. Take the stairs or elevator to the upper levels where you’ll find ample study space. These lounge areas also offer resources such as career counseling and writing advice by appointment. Huge windows offer striking views of the streets, river, and brownstones. Plus, if you get peckish, there’s a dining hall on the ground floor and a cafe in the basement. 

The Yawkey Center for Student Services has lounges on its upper floors. The view from the inside is even better than from the outside. (Credit: Instagram @met_international.)

George Sherman Union

The George Sherman Union is a hub of social activity on campus. It boasts a recently renovated food court where students get together to dine and work on group projects. 

If you find yourself in the GSU and don’t want to study in the food court because of the hustle and bustle, the Ziskind Lounge is a great alternative. It’s occasionally used for events and receptions, but it’s typically a quiet space.

The George Sherman Union offers both food and study areas. Don’t forget about the basement for comedy shows, club meetings, and other events! (Credit: Instagram @met_international.)

Questrom School of Business

The Questrom building is one of the most imposing buildings on campus. You can spot ornate tapestries, striking statues, and marble floors as you roam the halls. However, unlike some of the other options on this list, it’s relatively accessible. 

Anybody can find a booth or table in the food court area on the second floor. There are lounges, a library, and small study rooms with tables and chalkboards. Just bear in mind that the study rooms go quickly!

Eager to discover more spots on campus? Check out this article about BU’s hidden gems!