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Best Places Near Campus To Focus (And Procrastinate) During Finals Week


By Krystal Cruz

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Besides running out of pie, the dreadful result of Thanksgiving break ending is studying for finals. It is time to get to business and try to scoop up the remains of a college education that you may or may not have not kept up with. (We aren’t here to judge.)

You may have a designated study spot, but the honest truth is that your sanctuary may be infiltrated during finals week, leaving you without a place to study. You will either have a backup plan or decide to procrastinate for hours until the infiltrators leave your sanctuary. Have no fear – here are some great places on campus for you to get your study on…and places to procrastinate while awaiting your sanctuary.


Places to Study:

1. The Life Science Library (2nd floor in the Tower)


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UT Libraries Blog


If you want to travel back in time and wonder what it was like to study in one of the oldest-looking libraries on campus, the life science library is for you. Confirming the rumor that it looks like Hogwarts is up to you to decide. It has many full length tables, small study areas and couches on both the north end and south end. The coolest part is that it is within the main building (aka the Tower). If you are a person who prefers a more quiet area to study, the Life Science Library is the place for you to get your study mojo going. I’d like to say that this library is the most beautiful on campus, so you do not have to worry about staring at a white wall when you fully digest that finals are going to ruin you.



2. Cafe Medici (On Guadalupe)


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This cozy little coffee shop will fill you with warmth through friendly staff, smooth jams and great cappuccinos. The second floor is definitely a prime study spot (as shown in the picture). However, the ground floor is awesome too, with small tables and a counter for you spy on the staff making coffee. I definitely suggest charging up your laptop ahead of time because there are few seats with outlets next to them.



3. Liberal Arts Building (Inner Campus, behind the SAC)


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The SAC masks the prime study spots in this gem of a building. If you want the same feel of the SAC without the crowded vibes, the Liberal Arts Building is for you. The building has study areas on each floor and outdoor patios surrounding the building with tables and chairs. The fourth floor actually connects with the SAC with a skybridge that also has a study lounge. Depending on the student traffic in the building, it usually has a nice balance between quiet and mellow enough to be able to talk to some study buddies.



4. Cream Whiskers (On Rio Grande St, behind Pluckers)


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Cream Whiskers looks as cute as its name. It is a small cream puff bakery that has great recipes and espresso drinks. There is limited seating inside, but has a few tables, a counter and some comfy couches. It is usually warm and always smells like fresh pastries inside. It is the perfect destination for calm study time for those who can not deal with second hand stress from other students in the PCL. (Did we mention free wifi?)



5. Fine Arts Library (on E 23rd Street, near DKR Stadium)


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The University of Texas at Austin


This library might seem like it’s not worth the walk toward east campus, but I promise you it is. It doesn’t have as much space as the PCL, but is very cozy and extremely quiet during finals week.




Places to Procrastinate:

1. Goldsmith Hall – One of the School of Architecture Buildings (On Guadalupe St., in front of the Union from the West Mall entrance)


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Tom Spencer/Soul of the Garden


I have to be honest and say I wouldn’t have explored this building if it were not for me procrastinating. It is one of the School of Architecture buildings and usually has some cool projects displayed in the halls. It also has a gorgeous courtyard within the building. It is a great place to read a book, watch a episode of Netflix or cry because you are worried you don’t know enough information to pass your exams. I speak from personal experience.



2. Blanton Museum (On E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, past Jester and the Sanchez Building)


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Broke Tourist


Going to a fancy art museum with cool art exhibits is definitely not procrastinating. I would deem this more of a “self-culturing field trip.” Entrance into the Blanton is completely free for UT students with a valid student ID. Go stare at some art and forget about your bland notes waiting for you back home.



3. South Mall Lawn (in front of the Tower, within the Six Pack)


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24th Street Realty


If you want to take a good nap without going back home, I definitely suggest the lawn in front of the Tower. Not only will you have the bells from the tower waking you up every 15 minutes to remind you that you should be studying, but you’ll have soft grass to lay on while contemplating if your college education will really be worth it.



4. Texas Memorial Museum (On Trinity St. behind the Art Building)


Texas Memorial Museum

Texas Memorial Museum


This awesome museum is hidden within the university, but will bring back the five year old in you that is obsessed with dinosaurs. Entry is free for students with a valid ID, and they have so many cool models and fossils of dinosaurs. DINOSAURS. This could easily be a way to say you are studying for your science course (which we know you are not).



5. University Co-Op Food Court


University Co-Op

University Co-Op


Nothing says procrastination like some emotional eating at the Co-Op food court. Eight tasty food trucks are accompanied with picnic tables and a large statue of Bevo to remind you that the eyes of Texas are always upon you. SO GET TO STUDYING.