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10 Secret Study Spots at UT

If you’re a student at the University of Texas at Austin, then you know all of the hotspots for studying around campus: Perry-Castaneda Library, The Union, Medici Roasting, Flawn Academic Center, etc. There’s only one problem—  you’re never the only one planning to spend your Monday morning at the PCL or a couple of hours at a coffee shop after classes. These places get crowded fast, and it can be difficult to find an open spot and get work done with all the extra noise. 

I asked around and did some branching out this week to compose a list of some underrated study nooks on campus. Here’s my top 10 picks for the best “secret” study spots at UT.

1. Life Sciences Library

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Let’s start with the libraries. The Perry-Castaneda Library is the largest and most visited library on campus. With six floors, you would think you wouldn’t have any trouble finding a place to sit on a weekday afternoon… wrong. There are lots of other great libraries on the UT campus, such as the Life Sciences Library. One of my friends described this space as having a “Hogwartsy vibe” and after visiting, I can confirm that is 100% true. Located on the second floor of the Main Building, this library is open most days until 5pm and usually has plenty of available seats.

2. Architecture and Planning Library

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Another location is the Architecture and Planning Library in Battle Hall. This historic building has several long tables and excellent lighting, making it a great late-night study spot.

3. PCL 3rd and 4th Floors

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The third and fourth floors of the Perry-Castaneda Library are actually pretty great if you’re trying to get some independent studying done. Most people crowd on the fifth and sixth floors, so it can get pretty tricky to find seating up there, but if you don’t mind working in silence, the lower floors are perfect for distraction-free zones.

4. Major Building

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Did you know that UT students have 24/7 access to their major’s building? All you have to do is enter through the building’s “celebrated entrance” using your UT ID. This ensures that only students have access in order to enhance the safety of studying after hours. These buildings are a great place to study in the evenings, especially since you’ll find that many students are at the PCL, Union and other popular study places late at night.

5. Lucky Lab

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I’m a heavy coffee drinker, so I’ve already tried most of the coffee shops on the drag and on campus. Although Medici Roasting might be my favorite place to get coffee, it certainly gets tough to find somewhere to sit. The coffee at Lucky Lab is great as well, and for an added bonus, there are several tables outside to sit and study. 

6. Engineering and Education Research Center

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I’ve heard good things about studying at the Engineering and Education Research Center. This building is stunning and has big, beautiful windows that let in plenty of natural light. The facility has study rooms, project labs, and multiple tables, desks and comfy couches to use.

7. Welch Hall

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Welch Hall is right off of Speedway and has both indoor and outdoor study spots. Once the weather cools down a bit more, there are plenty of covered tables in the courtyard that are great. If you prefer studying indoors, however, there are options for that as well.

8. Norman Hackerman Building

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The Norman Hackerman Building has lots of open tables and lots of windows overlooking campus. This location is a lovely place to study and isn’t too packed. 

9. Empty Classrooms

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Many people don’t think to study in empty classrooms. If you’re doing late-night or weekend studying, most classrooms are unlocked and unoccupied. As long as you are courteous and leave the room in the condition you found it, empty classrooms are a great place to study.

10. Dorm Study Rooms

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For those of you living on campus, take advantage of the study lounges in your dorm! If you’re like me and have trouble studying inside of your dorm room, study lounges are a convenient place to camp out. My dorm has a study lounge on each floor, which is awesome for nights I don’t want to leave the building. The study lounge on my floor isn’t too crowded and usually pretty quiet, so I am able to get a lot done when I’m there.

If you plan to study anywhere on or off campus in the evenings, be sure to bring a study buddy living in or around your building, or take advantage of the safety resources offered at UT. SURE Walk and UT Night Rides are great resources that provide ways for you to get back to your home— on or off campus— as safely as possible.

Happy studying!

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An Insider’s Look Into The Best Study Spots on UT Campus

Welcome back longhorns to another year on the 40 acres. Now that we’re a few weeks into the semester, midterms, essays and projects are already starting to pile up. So, where are some of the best places on campus to get some work done? Stick around to find your new favorite study spot, just in time for midterms!

1. The Perry Castaneda Library (PCL)

The PCL has some of the best study spots on campus. Looking to study with friends or in an environment with people working out problems and ideas out loud? Check out the 5th floor or the STEM study areas in the UFCU Study Room on the main floor. Looking for a quiet place with zero noise and distractions? Check out the silent 4th floor. The PCL has countless study spaces to choose from, so you’re sure to find what you need to succeed.

2. Flawn Academic Center (FAC)

Trying to get some homework done between classes? Look no further than the FAC. There’s plenty of seating and outlets at any given moment so you can save time on finding a place to sit and get straight to work. Plus, you might just run into Domino, the cute cat that lives just outside the FAC! 

3. Life Science Library in the Tower (MAI)

Need a quiet, peaceful and aesthetically pleasing place to study? Visit the Life Science Library located in the Tower. The rows of books, comfortable seating and small space offer a cozy and serene study spot for you to get some deep focus in.

4. The Engineering Education and Research Center (EER)

Want to study in a place that will inspire your innovative side? Make your way to the EER. There is a variety of unique seating options with tons of natural light and a spirit of possibility oozing through the walls of the EER’s three floors.

5. Outdoor Seating around the Robert L. Patton Building (RLP)

When the weather isn’t unbearably hot, or you’re able to find relief in the shade, there is a variety of outdoor seating surrounding the RLP building. The seats include incredible views of the modern Patton Hall, DKR Stadium and luscious trees. 

These are just a few of the many great study spaces located on or around UT campus. There are so many spots to explore! Whether you’re new to campus or a returning student, there is always a place for you here on the 40 acres.