Finals 2011: Escape from Lau edition

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published last year.]

We know you’ve already started studying, which puts you miles ahead of most of us here at Vox. But here’s a couple tips for places to go if you find yourself a living like a refugee in Lauinger.

Our suggestions:

  • Hariri Building. Once the hidden gem for on-campus studying, Hariri still calls the sleepless masses with its plentiful desks, power outlets, and free coffee. Unfortunately, only MSB students can reserve the precious study rooms, but many are open anyway. Also, 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 a couple years ago, 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 has suggested.

After the jump, check out some of the University’s suggested study spots., 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 New Research Building, 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. Like last year, study spaces will be available in Healy and Maguire classrooms until May 12, according to the posted schedule.
  • The ICC. Unfortunately, not everyone 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!

6 Comments on “Finals 2011: Escape from Lau edition

  1. Well, I’m not an Editor (or even an English Major) but shouldn’t that be “Editor’s Note” or “Editors’ Note?”

    Walsh sounds ideal.

  2. You release list of study spaces today.
    Dahlgren Medical Library was so quiet and empty last night. Tonight, it’s not. Coincidence? I think not.


  3. My favorite place to study is the Bioethics Research Library, in Healy. It isn’t open all the time, but it’s really pretty and you’re required to be quiet. People are also really nice there, which makes the environment less stressful – as opposed to Lau, where everyone else’s stress can seep into you and make you even more tense than you were before.

  4. I love the bioethics library too, but studying there requires me to function on normal human being time. That is way too much to ask for.

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