Find your ideal spot for studying

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Sophomore photojournalism major Bridget Murphy studies on the second floor of Ellis Library for her macroeconomics final Monday.

Many freshmen come to Mizzou with the same worries: How much homework will I have, and how will I manage it?

To help, here is a list of places to escape from the dorms and get some serious studying done. They have been arranged in categories, from classicssuch as the library to outdoor spaces and coffee shops.


Ah, yes, the time-honored favorites. These are the spots your grandparents may have used back in the day that have remained student favorites. Hit these places when intense all-nighters are in order.

Ellis Library: During finals week there’s hardly a spot available, but that’s not without reason. Ellis provides a quiet atmosphere, and, surrounded by books, it’s one place to resist the temptation to procrastinate. Go to the second floor to study in the quiet sections.

Memorial Union: The basement of both Memorial Union North and Memorial Union South are usually deserted. Forget those torture devices known as wooden desk chairs. Memorial has leather chairs and foot rests, putting comfort within walking distance.



Look no farther for places to combine fresh air and academics.

Peace Park: Located on Elm Street, Peace Park usually has an array of characters hanging around. There could be hula hoopers or the percussion section of Marching Mizzou. It's generally a quiet, beautiful spot, but anything could be going on, so use caution.

The Quad: Sit under the shade of a tree. Lie in the sun. Sit near a column. There are few seating options on Francis Quadrangle, however, so look for a back support of some kind. Studying will most certainly be cut short once the backache kicks in.



Lakota Coffee Co.:  Lakota has a rustic, hippie feel and is usually populated by regulars. It is a good place for both people-watching and studying. Wi-fi is password-less and the grilled cheese (add some pesto) sandwich is amazing. 24 S. Ninth St.: (573) 874-2852; open 6:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday.  

Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co.: This coffee shop is clean and draws a business-oriented crowd. The food is pricey but well worth it. Wireless requires a password and expires after two hours. 29 S. Ninth St.;  (573) 874-2566; open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Starbucks: It’s closest to campus and has everyone’s favorite drinks. There is generally a crowd, but sometimes that caramel macchiato is worth it. 304 S. Ninth St.; (573) 442-5802; 5:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to midnight, Sunday.

Coffee Zone: A bit farther uptown, Coffee Zone offers coffee, sandwiches and a Mediterranean atmosphere. It gets busy around the lunch hour. 11 N. Ninth St.; (573) 449-8215; open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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