Vox‘s favorite study spots for upcoming final exams

Did finals creep up on anybody else? Suddenly, Lauinger Library is filled with students—some cramming, some writing, and some watching Hulu to avoid impending work. As in semesters past, expect Lau to be packed until that very last final on May 15.

To help out, Voice staffers suggested some of their favorite (i.e. lesser-known) study spots both on and off-campus.

Our suggestions:

  • Hariri Building. The hidden gem for on-campus studying. Hariri is clean, often empty, and has a ton of working power outlets. (Take that, Lau!) While the building might not have a Corp stalwart like Midnight Mug, it’s close enough to Vital Vittles and Uncommon Grounds that a late-night snack break isn’t out of the question.
  • Blommer Science Library. Tucked away on the third floor of the Reiss Science Center, Blommer is Lau’s oft-forgotten, nerdy sibling. Study here and you will be neither seen nor heard.
  • The Car Barn. Former Vox editor Juliana Brint gushed over the Car Barn last December, writing, “[it 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.” Consider us sold.
  • Walsh Building, 4th Floor. No internet. No people. No distractions. When you need to hunker down, Walsh is the place to go. Who would’ve guessed that the University’s shoddy wireless access could be helpful once in a while?
  • Off-campus WiFi spots. Although it’s a bit extreme to leave campus, sometimes a self-imposed exile works wonders to stop procrastination. Barnes and Noble on M Street is close enough that the trip won’t be a hassle and there’s plenty of food and tables to go around one you settle down. If you’re not the “book superstore” type, don’t forget to look at some of the WiFi locations Jim McGrory wrote about last August.

After the jump, check out some of the University’s suggested study spots.

Be.georgetown.edu, the University’s headquarters for all things study-related, suggests that students work in common areas around campus, such as Sellinger Lounge or your dorm’s common room. But if you’re looking for something a bit private, consider visiting:

  • Lau. So what if it’s filled to near-capacity? If you call (202) 687-7607 one day in advance, you can reserve a study carrel for three hours or a group study room that fits 6-8 people.
  • Dahlgren Medical Library. Because it sits on top of the Hospital, it you might need a map to track down this place. But, it’s worth the search—the library never closes and has wireless access.
  • Healy and Maguire. Until May 11, study spaces will be available in Healy and Maguire classrooms, according to the posted schedule.
  • The ICC. Unfortunately, not anybody can reserve a classroom in the ICC. But, if you’re the leader of a student group, you can reserve an ICC classroom online to the group’s use.

Do you have your own secret study space? Do you want Vox readers to descend upon it? Share in the comments!

10 Comments on “Vox‘s favorite study spots for upcoming final exams

  1. Pretty sure the Registrar won’t allow any student group to take up an ICC classroom during finals.

    But good call with Walsh, enforced internet isolation makes paper writing so much easier

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  3. I think Hariri has some restricted access rules after certain hours and on weekends, but I’m not sure what they are. And, Dahlgren Medical Library doesn’t sit on top of the hospital. It is in (and pops out from) the Preclinical Science Building at the Medical Center (that is, not the hospital, but the place owned by Georgetown for medical school, graduate medical education, and research). It’s very easy to get to. It’s on the north side of Kehoe Field, just up the path from Lombardi Cancer Center.

  4. The Medical Library is a fantastic study spot. Also good spots for studying are offices after hours, especially those in Leavey. Lucky you if you have access to them. Another good spot can be the quad study rooms: there’re two on each floor and infrequently used.

  5. uh when is hariri empty??? its cut throat as hell getting a desk in there. the damn mba students are all over the place

  6. If you are doing work that doesn’t require a power outlet – reading, studying from notes, etc. – setting up at one of the leather couches near the elevators on the upper floors of ICC is a great quiet spot.

  7. That’s b/c 1st floor of hariri is for undergraduate, 2 and 3rd are for MBAs, and the 4th is for Executive MBAs.

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