The Voice‘s favorite study spots and other academic alcoves on campus

223385817_c0de10286a“Studying”: Not just for Lauinger anymore!

First, the bad news: Vox will be blogging on a reduced schedule during study days, finals, and winter break. We’ll do our best to run three posts a day, but finals may intervene—besides, the student body just won’t be doing as many delightful and interesting things over the next few weeks as it normally does.

Now for the “good” news: as Lauinger Library will be flirting with its maximum occupancy levels for the next thirteen days, Vox has a round up of the various other study spots on campus suggested by the University and favored by Voice staffers.

Our staff suggests:

  • The Car Barn. Specifically, the graduate student lounge on the second floor. Former Vox editor Juliana Brint writes has “lots of tables and couches, tons of outlets, [and] multiple vending machines. It’s got its own microwave, and it’s right near one of the nicest bathrooms on campus.” And one of those vending machines sells energy drinks.
  • The Hariri Building. Aside from probably having the highest working-to-non-working outlet ratio of any building on campus, it’s shiny, clean, and within I-hope-no-one-steals-my-laptop walking distance from Uncommon Grounds and Vital Vittles.
  • Blommer Science Library. Located on the third floor of the Reiss Science Center.

Check out Georgetown’s suggestions, with classroom reservation links after the jump! is suggesting you hunker down in Saxby’s or any of the common areas scattered around on campus (whether that’s Sellinger Lounge in Leavey or your common room). If there’s no good, try:

  • Dahlgren Medical Library. Located on top of the Hospital, it’s a little tricky to find, but it’s outfitted with wireless access and open 24/7. (See a map)
  • The ICC. Classrooms aren’t available to just anyone, they say, but if you’re a member of a student club, your group’s leader can reserve a space with the Registrar.
  • Healy and Maguire. Select rooms in Georgetown’s headlining building will be available for night-owls only until December 9, the school’s schedule said. MAG 101 and 104 will be open from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.; MAG 102 and 103, and HEA 103 – 105 will be open from 11:15 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.From December 10-17, all rooms will be open from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. At that time, MAG 101 and 104 and HEA 103 and 104 will be quiet rooms (no eating or talking) and HEA 105 will be a silent room (no laptops with their clicking keyboards). MAG 103 will be open for group study.
  • Lauinger Library. No, really. Call 202-687-7607 one day in advance to book a study carrel for three hours, or a group study room for 6-8 people.

Finally, and most importantly, Corp President and CEO Ryan Callahan (SFS ’10) reports that with the exception of Mug, which is closing December 18, all Corp locations will be running their normal hours during finals.

Got a favorite study spot? Willing to let it become overrun by Vox‘s readers? Suggest your preferred hideaways in the comments!

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28 Comments on “The Voice‘s favorite study spots and other academic alcoves on campus

  1. Good suggestions. However, I would also suggest your room, assuming you have a single or a roommate who is quiet/out all the time. I used to stock up on food and caffeine and hole up in my room for basically the entirety of study days. It worked out quite well.

  2. The Hariri Building is for MSB students, not Georgetown-wide. I would recommend removing that from your list. Also, all the floors above 1 are for graduate students, not undergraduates. Please note that.

  3. Fine. Then the library is only for the college, sfs, and nhs, ’cause it has books.


  4. Hariri is not only for MSB students. If someone is sitting in Hariri at a table studying, and someone decides to ask for ID, as long as the person has a GU ID, they can stay. Your GOCard doesn’t say MSB on it.

  5. Actually, the space is reserved for MSB graduate students (upstairs) and undergraduates downstairs (downstairs). There are signs posted. Feel free to read them.

  6. Something needs to be done about that. Everyone pays the same tuition.

  7. So graduate students pay the same tuition as undergraduates? This is news to me.

  8. I’m sick and tired of MSB kids constantly thinking they’re better than everyone else. There is no where else on campus where students are restricted from studying and MSB kids especially are welcomed everywhere. It’s time that the business school gets over themselves and realizes that they are a part of this school, and they are in no way better than anyone else.

  9. But I will agree with you, the building is open to all Georgetown students and visitors. But the work space is reserved for MSB students first.

  10. Yes, actually you can go to the law school and study. In fact, you can go to any gtown building and study if you have an id.

    Also, you can take “MSB classes” even if you’re in the COL, SFS, or NHS (just like you special MSB kids take english-tho many of ya do fail it…) you can be in the MSB building. Thus, you can study in it.

    Get with the program-the MSB isn’t special

  11. To bad you are wrong.

    “Only members of the Georgetown Law community ­staff, faculty & students ­may attend programs booked via the Meeting Space Request Form” — from the Georgetown law site.

  12. “Programs booked” PROGRAMS

    That doesn’t mean you can’t go to their library and study. I’m not sure why an undergrad would want to, but you’re totally allowed. That just says that you can’t go to any of their “programs.” that’s different

  13. Yes, I’m sure you can sit down and study. Just like you can anyplace else on campus. But, you can’t reserve a room/space. That is what the policy is saying.

  14. Exactly. But you can go, sit down, and study. Just like anyone can go, sit down, and study in the MSB building. You were saying they couldn’t. In fact, they can.

  15. I encourage all non-MSB students to go study at the Hariri building just to piss off tools like Sam. Nothing I love more than raining on the parades of jerks that try to exclude others from “their” spaces (even though we had to put up with their obnoxious shit for years before they got that precious little building). I guess it’s more or less expected though that shallow MSB douchebags like Sam can only find meaning and status through their access to material things and excluding others from them.

  16. people like you are why people like me are so glad that we never have to answer “MSB” when asked what school we’re in. see you in hariri, suckaz.

  17. hey @SAM lighten up. Your rage makes you sound like
    a jealous little crybaby. Get a life.

  18. “I guess it’s more or less expected though that shallow MSB douchebags like Sam can only find meaning and status through their access to material things and excluding others from them.”

    Well, yes, that’s why he’s in business school instead of, say, a real school getting a real education.

  19. “To bad you are wrong.”

    must be from years of typing 2 instead

  20. The MSB building was paid for entirely out of donations from alumni and friends of the school. So the fact that everyone pays the same tuition has no relevance in this discussion.

    While I don’t begrudge the COL, NHS, or SFS students sitting in some armchairs, it is inappropriate for them to try to use breakout rooms and then act offended when I ask them to leave the room I have reserved. It’s our building and our breakout rooms to reserve so don’t use them if you are going to grumble about being kicked out of places all time.

  21. A university is a community of people and simple administrative divisions in schools should not preclude students from using a building, regardless of its immediate source of funding, for university activities. Prior to having your “own” building, you were using other university resources and other university spaces. I don’t think that anyone criticized your use of them because they were donated to the college, SFS, or NHS by someone who didn’t graduate from the MSB, did they? And it’s not like the MSB has such a difficult curriculum that it alone requires group work space. It’s not like these are chemistry lab spaces that require specialized training for use. The fact of the matter is that the university is short on space, especially good group study space, and that MSB students should gladly allow the use of “their” resources since they parasitically clung to the resources of the rest of the university community for years. To do otherwise is, unsurprisingly, ungrateful and arrogant.

  22. I think we can all agree that reserved spaces should be willingly given up to the people who reserve them, regardless of where they are on campus. There are rooms that can be reserved in Lauinger as well. Not a problem.

    However, I can’t quite see how the target of alumni donations should affect which buildings the current incarnation of students can or cannot use. I think the point that above commenter was trying to make was that all current students have roughly the same stake in the school writ large, and pay the same amount for the facilities. To summarily cut some off isn’t particularly just, at least on a fiscal level.

    There’s been more than one school at Georgetown for quite some time now. I don’t know why the creation of one new building suddenly turns them into Hogwart’s houses that aren’t welcome in each others’ spaces.

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  24. I am a MSB student and think that all students are welcome to use the Hariri building. Also, please refrain from dissing the MSB in order to insult Sam. I think it’s unnecessary to judge all MSB kids based on one exception.

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