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6 Places to walk around UT Campus

With midterm season in full swing, life can get pretty stressful, but it’s important to take some time to prioritize yourself and your well-being. Taking a walk is a great way to boost your energy and improve your mood when you need a break from classes and endless studying. Lucky for us, the UT campus is full of peaceful environments where students can walk around and explore new parts of the 40 Acres. Here’s a list of some places around campus to walk around and take a break from the stresses of being a college student.   

Speedway

We may not be in the Land of Oz, but we can still take a walk down the yellow brick road at UT. If you’re looking for a convenient place to walk on campus, Speedway is the way to go. Located in what seems like the middle of campus, Speedway is great for when you need to regroup between classes and don’t want to venture far from your next class. My only advice? Watch out for cyclists.  

The Drag

If you’re in the mood for some window shopping while you walk, the Drag is perfect for you. The Drag is a portion of Guadalupe Street across the street from the UT campus with stores, restaurants and other places to check out. While you may have to resist the urge to spend money at Chipotle or Urban Outfitters, the Drag is a great place to walk and take in Austin life.  

Pease Park

Located near the UT campus, Pease Park is a great place to walk and admire nature. Exploring a park can help you take your mind off school because being surrounded by school-related buildings 24/7 is not ideal — I know from experience. Put on your walking shoes and take a trip to Pease Park, where you can forget about Canvas and immerse yourself in nature for a few hours. 

Clark Field

Take a trip to the Caven Lacrosse and Sports Center at Clark Field, which has a recreational jogging track where you can run or walk. Clark Field is located near many residence halls, such as Jester East and West and San Jacinto Hall, making it a convenient place for students to walk after a long day of classes. Plus, while you walk, you can show your support for the Texas lacrosse teams! 

Waller Creek

Waller Creek is a stream and ecosystem that bisects UT and makes for a peaceful walk. The creek extends through different parts of campus, passing by interesting places to explore along the way. From the School of Nursing to the edge of UT’s main campus, walking along Waller Creek will help you destress and familiarize yourself with the campus. Check out this self-guided walking tour of Waller Creek!

South Mall

Depending on the direction, walking up the South Mall can be tiring. The uphill is not ideal, but the view makes up for the burning calves. Who wouldn’t want to look up and see overarching trees and a glimpse of the UT Tower on their walk? If you get tired on the walk — like I usually do — there are benches located along the path, or you could sit on the South Mall Lawn, which is always relaxing. 

The UT campus is full of great places to take a walk and unwind, regardless of the time of day. While school is important, our health is too, so I encourage everyone to put on their walking shoes and go outside!

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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