Is Lau driving you nuts? Try these other study spaces

The Kogod Courtyard, situated near the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum.

Finals have descended upon the Hilltop, and Lau becomes as crowded as a night market for all 24 hours of the day. Vox is here to recommend a number of great on and off-campus study spaces that might brighten your day.


  • Regents Hall provides student lounges on the first and third floor, as well as ample seating throughout the building. It’s warm, cosy, and brightly lit.
  • The Rafik B. Hariri Building has an undergraduate student commons, vending machines, breakout rooms, and booth seats with plenty of outlets that make it possible for you to move in there temporarily during study days.
  • The Bioethics Research Library in Healey provides leather and wood furniture, old school green lamplights (like you’ve seen in the movies), and a quiet atmosphere that literally makes you feel smarter the second you walk in. You’ll have no choice but to concentrate when you’re there.


  • The Kogod Courtyard, located in the Donald W. Reynolds Center that houses the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum, has plenty of seating, free WiFi, and a café. A large glass and steel canopy shelters you from the elements while providing plenty of natural light. Take the Metro to Gallery Place-Chinatown to get there.

  • The Georgetown Neighborhood Library has a pleasant interior, free WiFi, and a great view of Book Hill Park, keeping you calm and relaxed. It’s just a short walk away at 3620 R St. NW.
  • Baked & Wired on Thomas Jefferson St. NW provides baked goodies (who could say no to cupcakes and pie?) and beverages. There’s no WiFi provided, so you can’t procrastinate on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Tryst is a coffee house with table service and a fantastic décor. Possibly waiting to get a table there (depending on when you go) will be worth your while. They only provide WiFi on weekdays, so keep that in mind. It’s at 2459 18th St. NW.
  • Saxbys Coffee, a 5-minute walk from our main gates, has warm apple cider with whipped cream. It’s a wonderful place to stay in during a chilly day, especially because you won’t have too long of a walk home. Vox suggests getting there early to avoid waiting for a table.

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