Where to Study – Spring 2014

As classes wind down and reading period begins, I thought you might appreciate a list of tried and true study spots on and around the BU Law campus.  Whether you prefer perfect silence or crave noise and access to a constant caffeine drip, you’ll find some great options on the list below:

In the Law Tower

Study Lounge Spaces

  • 1st Floor Café: The First Floor Café is great for meeting up with people or having a snack while you study.  The Café is open 8-3, Mon-Thurs, and 8-2, Friday.
  • 12th Floor Rome Lounge : Enjoy a good view of Boston while you study in the Rome Lounge.
  • 17th Floor South Student Lounge (Comm Ave side): Great lounge to study with comfortable seating, work stations, and a vending machine.

Student Quiet Study Spaces

  • 17th Floor Cubicle Areas (East/West sides): Individual cubicles for those who need a place to hide away for a study session.

Library Study Spaces

  • Pappas Main Library (2nd Floor): The Library is the classic law school study place.
  • 3rd Floor Study Rooms (370 – Study Room, 320 – MyPrint/Study Room): A nice alternative to the library, the third floor study rooms provide a quiet place to study without the library feel.
  • Annex Reading Room:  The Annex to the BU Law Library is below Mugar Library, across from the law tower. Some people may confuse it with a fall-out shelter.

Library Quiet Areas

  • Rm. 371 Quiet Study Room: Grab a seat in this room reserved for quiet studying.
  • Southeast Alcove of Pappas Reading Room: This is a great spot for those who desire silence when cramming for an exam.
  • Empty Classrooms: When all else fails, just pick any random room.  Come visit us in Student Affairs if you want to check on how long that classroom may be free.

Other spots on campus

  • BU School of Management, Pardee Library (595 Commonwealth Ave.):  A good way to get away from the BU Law crowd during crunch time.
  • George Sherman Union “GSU” (700 Commonwealth Avenue): BU’s student union is a good spot if you want ambient noise, food, and undergraduates.  Keep in mind that there are lots of nooks and crannies to study in (though none are silent) outside the food court area and even on the second floor (hint – follow signs for the Dean of Students Office).
  • Mugar Library (Adjacent to law tower; 771 Commonwealth Avenue): BU’s undergraduate library is only steps away from the Tower.

Off Campus Ideas

Public Libraries

  • Boston Public Library – Main Branch (700 Boylston Street): Boston’s central library is a gorgeous building adjacent to Copley Square.  Just don’t leave your belongings unattended for a second.
  • Boston Public Library – Allston Branch (300 North Harvard Street): Boston’s Allston branch is conveniently on the 66 bus line. It has lots of sunlight and parking, but may also have lots of kids.
  • Boston Public Library – Brighton Branch (40 Academy Hill Road): Very quiet with parking available.
  • Brookline Public Library – Coolidge Corner Branch (31 Pleasant Street): Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Branch is in a beautiful part of town and is T accessible.

Coffee Shops

  • Blue State Coffee (957 Commonwealth Avenue): This coffee shop is a BU favorite with large tables, an open floor plan and plenty of food options to get you through your study session.
  • Japonaise Bakery & Café (1020 Beacon Street in Brookline): A quiet spot where you can indulge in a variety of French/Japanese pastries. Right off the St. Mary’s T-stop on the C-line.
  • Pavement Coffeehouse  (736 Commonwealth Avenue): This BU hangout has food, plus great tea and coffee to keep the caffeine buzz going.
  • Panera Bread (201 Brookline Avenue, Boston, or 299 Harvard St, Brookline): Free internet, lots of tables and a decent number of plugs, plus a large menu of soups, salads and sandwiches to keep you satisfied.  There’s also a Panera on Comm Ave, but it’s not quite as large.
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea (285 Harvard Street in Brookline): A little further away from BU, this coffee shop gives you a place to escape. Especially good for weekend studying so you can take a break at the nearby Brookline Booksmith or grab lunch nearby.
  • Starbucks & other coffee shops (Various Locations): Open late, with big tables and comfy chairs, you know what to expect at Starbucks.
  • Trident Booksellers & Café (338 Newbury Street): Open until midnight 7 days a week, this half bookstore and half café is the perfect place for a study session. In addition, free wireless and comfort food options will keep you energized for hours.  Check their schedule of programs to be sure you won’t need to vacate before you’re ready.

So, what did we miss?  Share your favorites that didn’t make the list in the Comments section below!  Also, 3Ls can look for an updated list of study spaces for their summer bar prep.

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