Vox presents the best study spots to keep you sane during finals

It’s that time of year again, Georgetown. No one really knows what time it is, the new definition of ‘crazy night’ becomes shotgunning Starbucks double shot espressos in the Lau 2 bathroom, and Vox reduces the number of daily postings so she can actually pass her classes.

As finals season officially commences, Vox knows that you are most likely either procrastinating, stressing, having an existential crisis, or a combination of the three. But she has faith in you! To help you get through the week and avoid the madhouse that is Lauinger Library as the entire school flocks to the stacks, Vox has a few great spaces on and off-campus to make your studying a bit more bearable.

If you are looking for a quiet place to read, the Hariri Building is always a great option because of its comfortable chairs, spacious booths, and bright windows that let in the sunlight, showing you that yes, there is hope beyond finals. It is also only a short walk away from the Leavey Center and Hoya Court if you are in need of some food for fuel.

For all you latte lovers and caffeine fiends, the Starbucks in the Leavey Center is also a relaxing place to curl up at a table and buy all the Peppermint Mochas your inner basic betch desires. The only down side is that it is located in the Siberia of the student center near the entrance to the hotel, but it is definitely worth the walk.

The Bioethics Research Library in Healy is the perfect place to get you in the mood for studying with its beautiful wooden interior and old-school lamplights. With its extended hours during finals, it is open 9 am to 10 pm on the weekdays and 10 am to 7 pm on the weekends. You should also check out Riggs Library to channel some magical Hogwarts vibes.

The ICC and White Gravenor classrooms also provide a lot of open desk space for group work and blackboards to draw out those pesky supply and demand curve graphs…or to write inspiration messages to boost morale.


Georgetown Neighborhood Library, located on 3620 R. St., provides a relaxed interior, free internet, and a view of Book Hill Park.

Baked & Wired on Thomas Jefferson St. can give you the sugar boost you need while preventing you from trolling your Facebook newsfeed as there is no WiFi provided.

Saxbys Coffee is conveniently located only a few blocks away from the front gates, but it gets crowded very quickly. Be sure to scope out the scene early to get a comfy seat and some delicious apple cider.

Le Pain Quotidien on M Street might be a bit of a walk, but the cozy cafe is a great place to post up for hours and snag a warm mug of spiced chai latte.

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