Study spots: The eight best places to study on and off campus

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Finding the perfect study spot complete with peace and quiet might be difficult. Bring earphones or headphones to tune out unwanted noise and turn up the recorded lectures, explanatory videos, or your own study playlist.

Studying is something the majority of students hate, but it’s one of those things you just have to struggle through in order to retain what you’ve learned and pass your classes. It’s mundane and time-consuming, it can be incredibly exhausting, and sometimes studying at home just doesn’t cut it. There are some hidden gems on- and off-campus that are absolutely perfect for cracking open a textbook. Here are eight places you can get your study on and hopefully learn a thing or two.

ON-CAMPUS

Biomedical science senior Morgan Urdaneta takes advantage of the quiet policy of the library's 3rd floor. Photo by Jamie Barrett
Biomedical science senior Morgan Urdaneta takes advantage of the quiet policy of the library’s 3rd floor. Photo by Jamie Barrett

 

 

 

 

3rd Floor of Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Reading Rooms

If you like peace and quiet, these rooms are perfect for homework or catching up on some class reading. Bring headphones if you need your laptop, because if you don’t you will probably catch a few unamused glares from fellow students. The quiet rule on this floor is real.

 

 

 

 

Nutrition and dietetics junior Mallory Schott does her reading in the bamboo garden. Photo by Jamie Barrett
Nutrition and dietetics junior Mallory Schott does her reading in the bamboo garden. Photo by Jamie Barrett

 

 

 

Bamboo Garden, in between buildings 1 and 39A

This little bamboo garden is nestled in between two buildings, and if you weren’t aware it existed, you are certainly missing out. It’s a through-way for some students, but for the most part it’s a serene little area on campus great for both relaxing and studying. There are tables and benches for your sitting pleasure and a canopy of green overhead that catches the slight breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

Seniors Devin Williamson, Danielle Fruithandler, Shecovia Grimes, and Sasha Lindsay do some light schoolwork outside the Student Union. Photo by Jamie Barrett
Seniors Devin Williamson, Danielle Fruithandler, Shecovia Grimes, and Sasha Lindsay do some light schoolwork outside the SU Outtakes. Photo by Jamie Barrett

 

Outside of Outtakes, Student Union

Why not enjoy some music and a snack while making flashcards for your upcoming test? Grab a sandwich or a cup of soup from Outtakes, sit at one of the tables, and listen to Spinnaker Radio over the speakers. It’s a nice atmosphere, and if you prefer to study with a little bit of hustle and bustle, there’s always something going on at the Student Union.

 

 

 

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The Green

On a sunny day, the Green is about as good as it gets for a study spot. Bring a blanket and lay out in the sunshine while you memorize facts for your biology test. This is also a really great place for people watching if you’re down.

Weather permitting, the green located outside the Fine Arts Center can be the perfect spot to set up a picnic blanket and study under natural light. Photo courtesy UNF Interactive Map
Weather permitting, the green located outside the Fine Arts Center can be the perfect spot to set up a picnic blanket and study under natural light. Photo courtesy UNF Interactive Map

OFF-CAMPUS

Bold Bean – Riverside

If you’re off campus and feeling like you need some caffeine to get you in the studying mood, Bold Bean in Riverside is the place to go. It’s about 25 minutes away from campus, but it’s well worth the drive. Not only does Bold Bean have amazing coffee, they offer beer and delicious pastries to treat yourself after you finish your work. Don’t worry Beach kids, you’re not left out. A new Bold Bean just opened this week on 3rd Street.

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At Bold Bean Riverside, you can enjoy your favorite drink–alcoholic or nonalcoholic–and a sweet pastry as you go through notes and required readings. Photo courtesy Facebook
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Staring out into space isn’t a crime when you’ve got a lovely view in sight. At Memorial Park, basking in the good weather can vitalize your work ethic. Photo courtesy Facebook

Memorial Park – Riverside

Here’s another Riverside gem, this one located right on the St. John’s River. This is a wonderful place to study if you have a lazy afternoon. On the weekends it’s packed with people playing frisbee, taking photos, and picnicking, but even though it’s sometimes busy it’s still relatively quiet. If you have nothing to study this is a great place to finish that book you’ve been working on since January.

 

 

 

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Beach air mixed with the smell of caffeine keeps you in good company as you set up your work station at Lillie’s. Photo courtesy Facebook

 

 

 

 

Lillie’s Coffee Bar – Neptune Beach

Lillie’s is a great place if you need to study and grab a bite to eat. Located on 1st Street in the Beaches Town Center, Lillie’s offers fairly priced sandwiches, salads, and coffee. Lillie’s offers beer and wine just like Bold Bean. However, you’re going to want to make this a daytime study place–they have live music several nights a week.

 

 

Sipper’s Coffee House – Gate Parkway

Sipper’s is a tiny local coffee shop right by UNF. Don’t let the mismatched furniture confuse you, this place means business when it comes to coffee. The staff is friendly, the coffee is yummy, and you’ll be able to work here comfortably. But just to warn you, it closes early at 7 pm each evening. If you have to study, plan accordingly.

Sippers has various lounging set ups for students in need of a cozy study spot complete with a menu for the munchies. Photo by Josh Brangenberg
Sippers has various lounging set ups for students in need of a cozy study spot complete with a menu for the munchies. Photo by Josh Brangenberg
Order your beverage the way you like it at Sippers. Photo by Josh Brangenberg
Order your beverage the way you like it at Sippers. Photo by Josh Brangenberg