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Favorite Campus Study Spots

Ben describes his favorite places to study around campus.

Ben describes his favorite places to study around campus.


It’s the end of week five already! This part of the term usually entails midterms and stress for many students, and places to study (or attend online class) are always in high demand. Studying away from your dorm is a necessity because of the online component of many classes this year making it easier than ever to catch “dorm fever.”

Luckily, Carleton’s campus has tons of physically-distanced, masked study spaces available!

Here are a few of my favorite places to read, write essays, or study:

  • The Libary (Libe): A classic option for cranking out papers, meeting friends to study, or getting help with research assignments. My favorite floor is the 2nd since it’s not too quiet but quiet enough to be productive. If I really¬†need to focus, I’ll head to the lowest floor.
  • Hulings/Anderson/Olin Hall: The study rooms in Anderson have awesome views of the campus and huge glass windows. Also, Schulze Cafe has great bakery items and grab-and-go snacks for studying fuel.
  • Sayles: Grab a delicious snack or warm drink while studying. There are study rooms in the back for group projects, and the top floor has awesome windows, comfy furniture, and pool tables for a study break.
  • The Chapel? Yes! The chapel has a homey lounge in the basement that is usually quiet and a great place to cozy up and do some reading. However, there is no natural light.
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A beautiful view outside of a study room in Anderson.
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The Anderson hallways
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The Chapel lounge

This is by no means an exhaustive list but just a few of my personal favorites, as there are so many awesome spots to get work done around campus! Also, most dorms have study rooms for when you don’t feel like walking in the cold and snow.


Ben is a Michigander and freshman at Carleton who is curious about everything but particularly interested in Psychology and Neuroscience. He also plans to study Norwegian at St. Olaf. Outside of classes, he enjoys playing Appalachian music on the mandolin, reading, cycling, and spending as much time in nature as possible. Meet the other bloggers!