1. The Engineering Building
Out of all the places to crack open a text book and sip on a hot java, the engineering building is the best place to do it. There are multiple well-lit levels and plump sofas to support a serious study session. This could possibly be the quietest building on campus, rivaling the Library, which is perfect particularly if you’re trying to study for a pending exam. Ever since this building was built I have felt strongly about its tranquil vibe and have only had successful studying experiences inside its modernly designed walls.
2. Mason Pond Grass
If you are looking for more of a scenic study spot, I highly recommend the grass around the Mason Pond. Rub on a little sunscreen, lay out a towel, and go to town on that English Literature novel you’ve been meaning to read. It’s the closest thing to a large mass of water George Mason has, and it can be exceptionally peaceful on a sunny fall day.
3. JC Patio (bottom of the Johnson Center)
This location is for those who can handle a little hustle and bustle during their study hours. There are plenty of tables that seat multiple people if you’re into group study, and there’s enough side walls and grass space if you want to sprawl out and do your own thing. During the afternoon hours, there’s a lot of traffic—however, it can be pleasant background noise to otherwise serious schoolwork.
4. Innovations Computer Lab (3rd floor)
Albeit this is a computer lab, it’s nice because it provides around 300 computers, silence, fax machines, copiers, staplers, and space. It’s great if you need to do an emergency power hour before an exam, piece together a group PowerPoint presentation, or simply check your email in peace. I like it because most people on campus gun for the Johnson Center computer labs (hence why they’re always packed) allowing for this lab to fly incognito.