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Best Places to Study on Campus

September 26, 2017
Students studying in Coe Library
Coe Library is a good place to study on campus

By: Sam Stein

Hard to believe it’s already that time of year. Professors are already handing out exam prep sheets and telling you to study (this test will count for 15% of your grade,) and it will only get better from here when real midterms finally roll around, and then the ever-stressful finals week. As if finding a good time and place to do your regular school work wasn’t hard enough already, it’s even tougher now that everyone is trying to cram for an exam (or even find a good place to nap between study sessions.) But don’t worry, there’s always a place to go when you’re looking to get away from those chatterboxes in the library, and we have put together a list of some of the best places to study.

The Library

No, I’m not talking about the sports bar in downtown Laramie (although they have great macaroni bites if you’re interested.) I’m talking about the one on campus. You know the one I’m talking about; the building stuck between the business building and union with a great little coffee ship just inside the doors. Even though this place can get pretty packed during midterms and finals, it’s still a great place to go. They are open super late and it is open 24/7 (all you have to do is scan your UW ID) so there’s always time to go. There are areas that you can have open discussions in and if you need a little more peace and quiet you can rent out a study room. So if you’re in need of an easy place to go (especially if you live on campus or super close by) the library is the place to go.

The Union

Speaking of the Union, this is also a pretty solid place to study. If you’re more comfortable with some background noise and having coffee at your fingertips all the time, this is a great option. The bottom of the union (more commonly known as ‘The Gardens’) has a great atmosphere and there are tons of places to sit with a group of friends and debate about how to do derivatives. More power to you if you can actually figure that out, and if you do shoot me an email because I never did.

Enzi STEM building

Located behind the School of Energy Resources building, this is one of the best places to study, especially for final group projects (yes they exist) or if you are more of an active learner. There are places to go on every floor, open tables with interactive TVs and whiteboards nearby, and even little cubicle areas if you’re not a people person. If you haven’t been there for a study session, I highly encourage you to check it out. It has a lot of options for a variety of different learners.

SER Building

Of course, if you are part of the School of Energy Resources, then you basically live here (you might even sleep here if you are really dedicated.) The SER building has a great atmosphere for studying and you can go basically anywhere there isn’t a meeting or class being held. There’s even the added bonus of being around people in your major who area also studying for their classes, so if you need any help on your Energy and Society homework, this is the place to ask for help (though going to office hours wouldn’t hurt.) So if you’re looking for a place to study, and for people to study with that are taking or have taken the same classes as you, I highly suggest coming here to crack open your geology book that you’ve definitely been reading all semester.

The Aven Nelson Building

If I’m going to be real with you, I’ve never heard of this building, but my friend and co-worker highly recommended it for a place to study (she’s a pretty smart cookie so I trust her.)  This building is located next to the classroom building and is referred to as the ‘Plant Building’, so I’m going to take a long shot here and guess that you’d be studying in rooms filled with plants. I can only assume that this creates a relaxed and peacefully atmosphere that allows you to fully focus on your work. This is definitely a recommended location, and if you go you’ll have to tell me more about it and your experience there.


OK, so this isn’t exactly on campus, but it is close enough. As a lover of a good chai tea latte and some coffee cake, this is my go-to place when I have exams looming in the distance. It’s a convenient place to study at with the free Wi-Fi and plethora of outlets to plug your devices in to (the long table by the entrance has tons of them on the underside of it,) and you can get a dose of caffeine whenever you need it. It may not be one to the most formal or quiet places to study, but if you are fine sitting in this type of atmosphere it’s a good option.

Remember, as the semester goes on you will have to find a good place to study, especially during exams. Find a place that makes you comfortable, but still allows you to focus on your work. If it helps, get a group of friends together to hit the books, reserve a room at one of the buildings on campus, and don’t be afraid to go to your professor’s office hours or schedule an appointment with them if you need a little extra help. If you have a favorite place to study leave a comment and tell us about it, and good luck with all of your exams!

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