Avoid the Crush: Unique Places To Study

December 8, 2017
  • Avoid overcrowded library, and get more space to study.
  • Enjoy good food and music in various places while you study.
  • Study effectively and without distractions in unique places. 

It’s hard to believe that the semester is nearly over, and we’re headed into finals week. Most students would agree that finding a quality place to study is a key to being successful on your finals. While the library is always a viable option, sometimes it can get overcrowded during this stressful time, and that can induce more stress—and cause your studying to suffer. 

After surveying some Spartan students, we compiled a list of unique places to study around campus—some with added perks. Sure, you can go to the library or hang at the Union, but everyone knows that. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds at those places, check out some of these local spots on and off campus.

Off Campus

Espresso Royale

2 different locations in East Lansing: 527 E. Grand River Avenue and 1500 West Lake Lansing Road

Hours: Grand River is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. West Lake                 

Lansing is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Advantage: Caffeine and cozy atmosphere.

Coffee is a lifesaver for keeping yourself energized in order to study for finals. Sophomore Marissa Baranski said she frequents Espresso Royale when she’s studying for her nutritional sciences classes.

“It has good vibes and coffee, and there’s a fireplace, so it brings a cozy feel,” said Baranski, a native of Clinton Township, Michigan. 

If you’re not a coffee drinker, they also have a variety of drinks (caffeinated or not) on their menu, including teas, lemonade, smoothies, and hot chocolate. Be sure to take advantage of their special $2 lattes if you’re studying there on a Tuesday. Espresso Royale also offers plenty of seating for studying and meeting friends, so you can avoid the crowds at the library. The Grand River location is right across from campus, and they offer a rewards card.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Location: 233 E. Grand River Avenue in East Lansing

Hours: Monday- Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Advantage: Comfort food, open until 11 p.m.

Baranski says that Potbelly is another favorite study spot: “They have free wifi, play decent music, and you get yummy sandwiches and mac ‘n’ cheese!”

Macaroni and cheese, sandwiches, milkshakes, cookies, and other items are just some of the many delicious comfort foods that can help when the stress of finals looms. They also have a rewards program that gives different perks after you purchase a certain amount of items. Its location on Grand River is closer to the Union and North Neighborhood, so if you’re studying at the main library or the Union, it is an easy walk away.

On Campus

Biomedical Physical Sciences Building

Location: 567 Wilson Road on campus

Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Advantage: Out of the way, quiet, and more study space.

Sometimes a little exploring of campus can help you find the perfect studying spot. Northville, Michigan, sophomore Kelly Leary was walking near the chemistry building and thought she’d explore the BPS building.

“I discovered a study room that was great,” Leary said. “It was super quiet and isolated from everything.” Leary explained that the room’s atmosphere allowed her to focus on her tough classes as an animal science major.

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Kelly Leary studies at the International Center on campus—another unique place to study.

Kelly Leary studies at the International Center on campus—another unique place to study.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Location: 547 East Circle Drive on campus, across from the Student Services Building 

Hours: Closed Monday, open Tuesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Advantage: Starbucks and art

Some Spartan students have found the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum to be among the best kept secret study locations on campus. The museum offers one of the few Starbucks on campus—and one that is almost never crowded. It is a quiet place to study if you need to focus and be away from distractions. Plus, there is the world-renown art collection that can help soothe your mind of stress while you take a study break.

Brody Square Dining Hall

Location: 241 Brody W. on campus

Hours: Open from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday through Sunday.

Advantage: Lots of light and the best variety of food options on campus

Many students echoed the opinion that Brody is the best dining hall on campus from a newness and wide variety standpoint. 

“Believe it or not, Brody caf is a good place to study because of the unlimited nachos and soft serve ice cream all day,” Baranski said. “And, if you can focus during the loud busy times, then you can get a lot done in there because you will always be able to recharge with a variety of food choices.”

There will be some busy times in the dining hall, but that can be used as time a much needed study break. Brody is spacey with plenty of windows, so you can get some valuable sunlight while you’re stuck inside studying—always helpful now that the darker days of winter have set in.

Landon and Campbell Hall

Location: 38 Abbot Road on campus

Hours: Open 24 hours for residents, and regular building hours are

Advantage: Large tables to study, foosball table, piano—and Harry Potter vibe. 

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you might like studying in Campbell Hall, for its Hogwarts like feel. There are two different study rooms, one with a fireplace and piano, and another with multiple tables and a foosball table. The cafeteria in Landon—smaller and more intimate than some of the others—also is a popular study space.

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Freshman Josh Music of Grand Rapids, Michigan studies in Campbell hall for his classes as a bassoon performance major.

Freshman Josh Music of Grand Rapids, Michigan studies in Campbell hall for his classes as a bassoon performance major.

Student Services Building

Location: 556 E. Circle Drive on campus.

Hours: Open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Advantage: Uncommon spaces, free blue books

Another uncommon spot to study is the Student Services Building, which has many spots throughout the building to study in. You can also get free blue books from the Vice President’s office and ASMSU if you need one for your final. In addition to the comfortable first floor locations, the LBGTQ and OCAT resource centers on the third floor provide study areas for students as well.

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Sophomores Sylvia Danso Adjei of Accra, Uganda and Lydia Hilary of Rockford, Michigan study in the Student Services building for their classes as human biology majors.

Sophomores Sylvia Danso Adjei of Accra, Uganda and Lydia Hilary of Rockford, Michigan study in the Student Services building for their classes as human biology majors.

Basement of Akers East Akers Hall

Location: 908 Akers Road, on Campus

Hours: residents in Akers dorm have access 24 hours; regular building hours are Monday-Sunday 7 a.m. to midnight

Advantage: Quiet, uncrowded and you can do your laundry at the same time.

If you live in Akers, you might have seen a room across from the laundry room that contains a bunch of tables and chairs, and offers a quiet place to study. A bonus for residents is that they don’t even need to leave their building, and can study while they do all the dirty laundry that has piled up over the semester.

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