Hit the books at these fun study places
Finals season is among us, which is definitely a step up from syllabus week. Looking for places to study is overwhelming, but you can easily get in your groove once you find the ideal spot. Whether you’re looking to study alone or with a group, check out these study spots on and around campus to ensure the best finals experience.
College commons & libraries
Any college commons and library is conducive for both introverts and extroverts. If you want to be around friends and fellow students of your college community, hit the books in your college commons. If you prefer working alone or cannot concentrate in a busy environment, study in your college library. Rarely will you find lots of people working in college libraries, so it’s perfect for getting into the zone.
Campesino Coffee House
If you want to take a break from Rice, look no further than Campesino Coffee House. This off-campus gem is a Latin-American inspired cafe with a beautiful venue and tasty treats. Located only 10 minutes from campus, Campesino is relatively accessible and has affordable prices.
This underrated Rice building provides an excellent study environment, combining its quiet nature with its student mobility. The lobby, located on the first floor, has comfortable seats where you can get your laptop out and ‘git-er-done.’ If you despise loud noises, but also can’t stand it when there is an absence of energy, then Rayzor will provide the best study experience for you.
This well-known boba shop located in Rice Village is perfect for studying due to its relaxed and tranquil nature. The delicious drinks and various card and board games also serve as enjoyable ways to take occasional breaks from studying. Considering its close proximity to Rice, you can easily walk to ShareTea if you’re not physically exhausted by all the studying — and don’t skip on the student discount.
O’Connor Building for Engineering and Science
This new engineering building is an excellent study spot because of its architectural design. Considering the vast layout of the building, you can receive personal space from those next to you. In addition, the modern design of the building will give you a view to admire while you’re frantically studying for a final you have the next day. Whether or not you’re part of the engineering program, O’Connor guarantees a positive study experience.
We saved the best for last — it’s a library after all. Having six floors, you’ll definitely find the specific environment you are looking for at Fondy. If you want to do some studying but mainly want to interact with your friends and other people, then the first floor is perfect for you. If you want complete silence to the point where you can hear your own blood flowing, then go for the fifth or sixth floors. Lastly, if you’re looking for something in-between, aim for the middle floors.
More from The Rice Thresher
Coffeehouse unveiled new art lining the walls of their cafe space on Feb. 18, featuring student artists and photographers. The project is helmed by keepers of coffee Caroline Leung and Kate Hilton, who lead a committee called “Espresso Yourself” that aims to highlight student creativity and art.
Anyone who has walked through Sewall Hall in the past couple months has inevitably seen the words “ARTS 477: Practices of Attention in Capitalist Ruins” written in big, bold lettering on flyers displayed throughout the building. The class is part of a larger project associated with the Moody Project Wall piece “Practices of Attention” envisioned by Angela Chen, a lecturer of art in Rice’s Department of Art.
In recent years, food has become increasingly commodified and diminished, at least in on-screen depictions. The allure of perfectly curated dishes on TikTok and other social media apps has desensitized us to the simple pleasures of good food — when everything looks picture perfect, nothing feels particularly special.