Libraries, Residence Halls, coffee shops all offer good options for studying

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Locations around Columbia, both on and off campus, offer particular amenities needed to survive intensive study sessions.

From experience, the farther off campus you go, the more likely you are to find an unpopulated, quiet study area with all the necessities. There are also hidden treasures around campus where you can find a comfortable place to study. All you have to do is explore.


Classroom buildings: Wherever your favorite classes are held, there are open rooms for the taking. After most classes end, the classrooms are left open and empty for your studying pleasure. Classrooms not only provide numerous outlets and tables, but also provide enough space for a group-study session. Specific buildings include, but are not limited to, Middlebush Hall, the Bond Life Sciences Center and the Arts and Science building.

Ellis Library: The main campus library on Lowry Mall provides four levels of peace and quiet. Outlets and desks line the walls, windows provide natural light and books are right at your fingertips. The desks are more for individual studying and less for group  sessions. But fret not: Large study rooms with ample tables for collaboration are available by reservation on the MU Libraries website.

Other campus libraries: Ellis is not the only library on campus. Many smaller, departmental libraries can offer an even quieter and possibly less populated area to study. Check this list of those libraries.

MU Student Center: While the first floor of the Student Center is filled to the brim with students studying, eating and hanging out, the basement and the second floor can provide you with the quiet setting you need. Study rooms are available on the second floor of the Student Center, and the basement provides comfortable locations to read, review your notes or relax during times of stress. There are also booths tucked away in the basement of the Student Center, complete with a tabletop desks and charging stations.

Residence Hall study rooms: The residence halls house floor lounges equipped with couches, tables and chairs. Some also have computer lounges and separate quiet study rooms. In Bingham, the shared space between Schurz and Hatch halls, students can use their ID card to check out a key for a private study room. Center Hall and the Rollins Commons, the lounge area between Gillett and Hudson halls, each house a computer lounge. These places, and many of the other halls, have printing stations for residents.

Pershing Commons: Pershing is just south of Defoe-Graham Hall. It's furnished with a computer lab, tables and comfy swivel chairs. And Mizzou Market is nearby in case you need a snack.

Campus cafes: Multiple cafes and small eateries are located throughout campus. These cafes offer tables for studying and catching a snack between classes. Starbucks is located in the Memorial Student Union. Catalyst Cafe is in the Bond Life Sciences Center, and the J Cafe is in the Reynolds Journalism Institute.


Coffee shops: While your first inclination may be to walk to Starbucks, we urge you to think again. Starbucks, both inside Memorial Student Union and on Ninth Street, is packed so full with students in a busy week that seats and outlets are rarely available for the taking. A tip? Check out some delicious shops along Ninth Street, such as Lakota, Kaldi’s and Coffee Zone. The farther up the street you go, the more likely you are to find a place to sit and study. Not only is this option useful when you need to get out of the residence hall, but it provides you with sustenance.

Panera Bread: Scattered around Columbia are Panera Bread locations that can provide a quiet booth for you to either study alone after a meal or a leisurely lunch study session with a group. Outside seating can be a refreshing way to change up the usual schedule.

Columbia Public Library: The library on West Broadway provides large desks with multiple outlets. It's within walking distance of campus.


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