Best Study Spots on—and off—College Campuses

Before the new school year begins, you may want to scope out the scene at your college to see where might the best study spots be. Each college student is different, which means some prefer total silence while studying and others don’t easily become distracted by noises around them.

Check out our list of awesome study spots and head out to decide which will work best for you.

Library: The most obvious place to study is the Library. If you’re looking for a quiet or more private spot in the library, I suggest trekking to the very top floor. Let’s face it, most people avoid taking the stairs, so I can almost guarantee you’ll find a nice quiet spot the higher up you go!

Study Rooms: Does your campus offer reserved study rooms? If you’re not sure, ask your student government (SGA) office or check the library. These study rooms are the best during finals week because you’re guaranteed a spot regardless of how crowded the library may be. If you do wish to reserve a room, it’s best to do so in advance because they fill up quickly!

Empty Classrooms: If you find yourself on campus in the late afternoon or evening, then you might get lucky and find yourself an empty classroom. Empty classrooms are great for large groups but also for studying alone. I’ve used this option when preparing for a class presentation or speech because I wanted to practice moving about a large space.

Local Restaurants: One of my favorite places to study is at a fast food restaurant such as Panera or Chick-fil-A. If you spend a couple of dollars on a medium soft drink, then you’re guaranteed free refills no matter how long you stay, so you’ll never go thirsty! I particularly prefer Panera and Chick-fil-a because they typically play classical music in the background and the staff is generally friendly so you won’t have to worry about being kicked out. Just be mindful of when you decide to go because it can get very busy and noisy during peak meal hours like 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm.

The Great Outdoors: Weather permitting, a great place to study is outside. Find a shaded area next to a pond or fountain and let the sounds of nature relax your mind and increase your focus.

Tips to consider when finding study spots:

  • Stay away from entry ways, doors and restrooms. The loud noises and busy traffic will cause a distraction from your studies.
  • Bring your own computer. If you rely on using a school computer, the places you can study are limited.
  • Find a wall outlet. It’s better to be prepared rather than finding yourself in the middle of an important assignment with a dead battery.
  • Choose a window seat. Settle yourself next to a large glass window with a nice view, this will help ease your mind and rest your eyes during short breaks.

Which study spots do you find easiest to study at? Share them in the comments!


Alisia is a mechanical engineering student at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and holds an internship at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. After graduating with her bachelors, she wants to pursue her masters with a minor in environmental studies. With her degree, she hopes to develop alternative energy resources and create a sustainable environment.

Apart from her school extracurricular activities, she enjoys drawing, painting and traveling. Within the next year, she plans to get involved with Give Volunteers, an organization that combines volunteer work and overseas travel to improve lives. Along with helping others in developing countries obtain necessary resources, she’s also passionate in helping others achieve their academic goals, which is why she is so excited to be a Cengage Student Ambassador!

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