Skip to main content

My Favorite Places to Study

Ryan's list of the best spots to get work done, on and off campus!

Ryan's list of the best spots to get work done, on and off campus!

Where I study is very dependent on my mood and workload, and the location definitely affects my productivity. So far this year, I’ve studied in many different locations, and here is a list of some of my go-to places to work!

Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse

Goodbye Blue Monday is a local coffee shop only a 5-minute walk from the edge of campus. The atmosphere is great for getting work done or collaborating with others. I enjoy going in the mornings. I’m constantly surrounded by college students on campus but at the coffee shop, I’m able to see people of all ages. Studying there helps me escape from the feeling of being on a college campus which allows me to focus a bit more on my work. The coffee is also really good and I like to think of it as a treat for my studies.


My friend reading Plato at Blue Monday!

2nd Burton Lounge

The chairs on my dorm floor lounge are super comfortable which helps me relax a little bit while studying. It’s cool saying hi to friends who live on my floor when they walk by or come in. I also love studying in Burton when people are cooking in the kitchen because the food they make always smells so good! The fact that the lounge is down the hall from my room also makes it very convenient for me.


Burton Hall’s second-floor lounge.


Sayles-Hill Campus Center

I love studying in Sayles because I can order food to eat while I work. My favorites so far are chicken tenders and curly fries because they’re easy to eat on the side when studying. One downside of working in Sayles is the noise level, but I’m usually able to work through it. I’ve also found it’s a great place for one-on-one meetings at the tables on the second floor.


A crowd of people gather at tables for lunch in the large, vaulted space of Sayles-Hill Campus Center
Sayles from the top deck

The Libe

The Gould Library (known on campus as the Libe), is one of my favorite places to study. It’s a staple location for me to meet my friends after a long day and grind out some work. We always try to study in the same room on the third floor, but there are also whiteboard tables we like to sit at if that room is taken. The upper floors in the Libe are great places for collaboration, but if I want silence when I work, the lower floors are where I go.


library studying
Some of my friends working in the Libe


My Dorm Room

If I absolutely need to get some serious work done, I will do it in my dorm room (Burton Hall!). It’s comfortable (but not too comfortable) and set up just how I like it. It’s also quiet and I know how to limit distractions when I’m working so I’m able to get lots done. I also enjoy having the flexibility to move from my desk to my bed for added comfort.



Ryan (he/him) is a freshman from Alameda, CA. He is currently undecided on a major but enjoys stem classes. He plays on the varsity baseball team and is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ryan loves spending his free time playing video games, listening to music, or spending time with his friends in the dining halls.