The Best and Worst of Studying on Campus

October 16, 2015  |   Found in Editorial // Student Life

With midterms creeping up us on us and finals on the horizon, here are the top 5 best and worst places to study on campus.


1. Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) is an obvious choice for best place to study on campus. But instead of always being confined to a desk, one of the most enjoyable and usually unoc-cupied (even during finals!) places to get work done is on the west side of the fourth floor, in the row of seats that face out over the courtyard.


2. It’s pretty universally agreed that Starbucks is great for things like paper writing and drinking pumpkin spice lattes. However, the atmosphere of the Starbucks in Mac Hall leaves something to be desired. Instead, check out the Starbucks in Yamnuska Hall. It’s warm, cozy, quiet, and right on campus!

3. The couches in Earth Science are a comfy spot to get reading done between class and if you’re in the area and desire a more sturdy surface, head up the stairs and use the desks be-tween the first and second floors.

4. The Club Space in Mac Hall is sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of busy school life. In the North Courtyard of Mac Hall, The Club Space is close to all your favourite food vendors and is full of comfy chairs and places to study either with a group or alone.


5. Most departments on campus have their own personalized libraries and reading rooms. The Gallagher Library in ES-170 and the Bennet Jones Law Library in MFH-2340, to name a few, are spacious and open to all students. As a bonus, the Law Library is known as being the quiet-est spot on campus to study. Certain other departments have smaller-scale reading rooms such as the Geography Collections Room in ES-457 and the Philosophy reading room in SS-1248B. As an archaeology major I’m quite partial to the archaeology reading room in ES-810 as it’s qui-et and has tons of resources that are relevant to my studies. Be sure to check out if your de-partment has anything applicable to you or feel free to drop by any other department library or reading room!


1.Unless you’re one if the lucky few who happen to catch it at just the right moment, chances are the Starbucks in Mac Hall is going to be lined up out the door. While, it’s great for grabbing a much needed coffee between class, it doesn’t exactly provide an environment conducive to cracking open your books.


2. Just like Mac Hall Starbucks, Mac Hall food court is a bit of a zoo to be studying in unless you’re there either first thing in the morning or late at night. Granted there is ample seating and access to delicious food, Mac Hall food court is best to be avoided when you need to get work done.

3. If you don’t have a good reason to be in Craigie Hall, I suggest you take your studies else-where. Craigie Hall is cold, has few electrical outlets, and the internet connection is as reliable as a chocolate teapot.

4. The grey blocks in the Kinesiology atrium are perfect for doing some quick readings between classes or for catching up with friends, but for long term studying they can be a pain – literally. The artistic angles of the blocks are nice to look at, but not so nice pressing into your back for extended periods of time.

5. One inevitable part of being a university student is the all-nighter. Unless you’re amazingly organized (and if so please share your secrets) chances are you’ll have a night or two through-out each semester where you’ll be cramming late into the night. Normally I’m a huge fan of TFDL, but after 11 when everyone is shepherded to the 1st and 2nd floors and Good Earth has been closed for two hours, meaning coffee supplies is scarce, it is no longer the quiet second home that I know and love. Once the clock strikes 11, I believe it’s time to pack it in and go home where you can study in comfort, quiet, and with all the tea and coffee you can drink. Lastly, relax. The most important thing you can remember to do during exams is to take a break, go outside, and destress.


Happy studying!

Carly Checholik is in her 2nd year of Archaeology and Development Studies. She likes cuddling cats, drinking coffee, doing yoga, and watching the Gilmore Girls. Follow her on Instagram @carlyannac!