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Hangouts and study places around campus

Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

At the end of every class, students flow onto the campus walkways looking for a place to hang out before the next class.

Maybe they need a place to talk to friends. Or to print out a study guide or term paper. Or just a quiet place to study for a quiz.

Here is a dissected look at a sampling of nooks and crannies to spend some time away from home.

 If you need a quiet place to study

Almost every academic building has a seating area suitable for intense study binging — sometimes it just takes a dedicated search. Go up staircases, peer around corners and explore a bit.

The Journalism School buildings and labs have nooks that are dead quiet and perfect for  studying. Look for the seating area in Neff Hall or the enclosed Microsoft Application Development Lab in the basement of the Reynolds Journalism Institute. (New buildings tend to have many outlets). 

If you need to accommodate a study group, you can reserve rooms in the MU libraries. You can do this online. 

Computer labs attached to dorm rooms, like the one at Center/South/North, are fantastic for doing serious homework, especially if your major requires software that you might not have on your laptop.

The computers have the Adobe products, and most labs aren’t far from home so a trek back at 2 o’clock in the morning is not a long walk at all.

If you need a printer

Mizzou has this fancy little option called  “Print Anywhere,”  and if you install it onto your computer, you can print wirelessly to any printer on the list. This saves precious time.

Print Anywhere routes users to any Print Smart (computing site) printers from a personal computer. The system works when users are connected to the campus network via TigerNet, MizzouWireless or Virtual Private Networking (VPN).

To get Print Anywhere, choose the operating system (Windows or Mac OS X), scroll to select the printer you wish to use, and click the Get Print Anywhere button.

The most popular ones are in the Student Center and  Memorial Union.

If you want to hang out with friends

Unless you’re faster than 95 percent of students, it’s unlikely you will find a table at the Student Center between classes. There’s a five-to-seven-minute grace period between classes where tables trade hands, but after that window, there is no hope for you.

Luckily, there are other areas on campus to chit-chat with your buds where you won’t disturb others.

Once you realize there are no open seats in the Student Center, just walk outside to the tables in front. Seating near Memorial Union is also great and shady, as are benches around Lowry Mall.

Snag one and settle in.

If you need a nap — and let's face it, you will

The basement level of the Student Center is quiet and possibly the most nap-friendly place on campus.

The plush, oversized armchairs are too inviting to pass up. Even if you don’t intend to nap there, you’ll eventually succumb to the temptation and doze off a little.

It's OK! You worked really hard on that engineering homework, and you deserve a little break. Just make sure to set a timer so you can wake up before your 11 o'clock.

Memorial Union, lower lounge: This area features supple leather couches that will absorb your stress and consciousness. However, you may have to fight through the masses of other hopeful sleepers for a spot.

Francis Quadrangle: If you are feeling too #college for your own good, head out to the Quad and lie on a blanket with your Hemingway novel for some Zs and reads in the sun.

Middlebush Hall bathrooms: Strange? Maybe. Effective? Absolutely. Each bathroom stall is narrow, allowing you to rest against the wall. These bathrooms are also fairly private so you will have limited interruptions, save the random toilet flush.

Peace Park: For a more adventurous siesta, string up a portable hammock between two trees and snooze with the squirrels in Peace Park. While this is a more rugged option, it is not uncommon at MU.

Park benches:  Snagging a park bench on campus can be a little tricky on a sunny day. Napping on a bench has all the benefits of a snooze on the Quad without the risk of actually touching nature.

Sarah Dettmer contributed to this story.


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