Finding the Perfect Study Spot

On as large of a campus as Northeastern’s, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially when looking for a spot to cuddle up for a couple hours with a large pile of assignments. During my first couple of weeks here, I spent the majority of my time either in my room or at Snell working the night away. Since then, I’ve found a few other spots to get some studying done.

The Common Room

I really lucked out because my common room looks out over beautiful trees and sunny skies in the morning. It’s the perfect combination where you can get out of your room and become productive, yet not have to brave the cold at the start of your day.

Centennial Commons

All of the Northeastern advertisements show the Commons as the center of university life here, yet somehow I never end up on this side of campus. I love the atmosphere—true to the ads, people do throw frisbees and play around here— and soaking up the last of the warm-ish weather as the leaves fall while catching up on reading is the ultimate fall vibe.

Curry Student Center

Lately I’ve been going to this area just outside of the main landing in Curry Student Center. The two-person tables are the perfect size for me and my array of folders. The best part about this spot is probably that it’s similar to a cafe in seating, but you don’t have to feel the typical urge to spend money on a coffee just to sit down. I’m not crazy about the lack of light sources after dark, though.

Rebecca’s Cafe

Rebecca’s isn’t just a place to grab your breakfast sandwich or panini on the go. If you can find a seat, it’s a great place to catch up on work. It’s not incredibly busy in the early morning or after 2:30ish. Plus, there’s a lot of background noise, if you’re into that.

Panera Bread

Just down Huntington Avenue, Panera may just be the perfect Sunday morning brunch-and-grind spot. I just happened to go in for the first time last week, and they have so much space to sit and work. Plus, there’s always ambient music in the background. Bonus: they accept Husky dollars!

All photos courtesy of the author