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The 10 Best Places to Study on Campus

  • Jun 5, 2010
There are many options for a study place when it comes to the LMU campus. But finding the perfect place to meet all of your needs can be difficult. Here are the top 10 places to study on LMU's campus whether you need dead silence or to be out in the sun.
The William H. Hannon Library (LMU)
The newly constructed Hannon Library is by far the greatest place to study on campus. The library has severeal computers, tables, comfortable chairs and even personal study desks. It is always quiet and if you need a quick break you can look out the glass windows for panoramic views of downtown Los Angeles. Also, if you are doing a group project or study group you can reserve private rooms all along the library walls to meet in. The library is beautiful, relaxing and has a very peaceful environment to get all of your work done.
Sacred Heart Chapel
Though this might be a strange one, I guarantee you will never be disturbed in here. While even the library can have a few disturbing and loud people, the Sacred Heart Chapel is always dead silent. Just a grab a pew and get to reading or studying. Plus you can pray throughout your study time that you won't fail your test!
The Sunken Gardens
The Sunken Gardens is a great place to study, especially if it is a nice day out. You can take a blanket and some lunch and have a little picnic/study session. While getting your Vitamin D from the gorgeous sun in Los Angeles you can relax and have a less traditional study hour. Rather than being stuck in your dorm or apartment dieing to get outside, you can study outside! Plus unlike the library you wont have trouble finding a spot to settle down, the Sunken Gardens is huge!
Lion's Den
If you need coffee to keep yourself going and like to listen to music while you study, the Lion's Den would be the perfect place for you. A bustling coffee shop that plays inspirational music, the Lion's Den offers a more modern and college student type vibe. Rather than making studying all about focusing on your book in silence for hours, go to the Lion's Den, grab a coffee and a snack and people watch while you study your notes.
St. Robert's Hall
St. Rob's has a secret little computer lab in it's basement that can either be packed or empty, and a lot of people still don't know about for some reason. Either way it is the perfect place to study. They have a few rows of computers, chairs and tables and also some awesome projector sized computers on the back walls for study groups. Though not as quiet as the Sacred Heart Chapel and not as exciting as the Lion's Den, the St. Rob's computer lab is the perfect place to study or do homework. Plus they have printers where you can print out anything for free!
University Hall (LMU)
University Hall is a giant building with many options for study spots. Whether you chose a random open classroom or go to the cafe University Hall is a central hub for studying. There are a few tables in the center of the building and it is usually pretty quiet. It is also convienet that the tables are so large that multiple people can fit around them if you are studying in a group or want to share the table with someone you don't know. These are perfect places to study or cram outside of class right before your test.
See the full review, "Love/Hate Relationship with a Building".
University Hall Courtyard
Though you have to walk the long 1/2 mile stretch to get there, the courtyard at the far end of University Hall is a great place to study. With a beautiful fountain making peaceful noise and various tables and chairs this would be another great place to grab some rays, eat some lunch and get to work. It has a more garden type feel with very green surroundings and there is rarely ever anyone there.
The Pool
If you don't want a picnic and don't want to hear the constant sound of a fountain, another great outdoor study place is the pool. You can get in a bathing suit and get your bronze on while studying here and even check out boys! (or girls) Nobody really likes to be inside when they study, especially during summer school. So grab your books and head to the pool so that you can have fun and be productive at the same time.
The Drollinger Parking Lot
I can't tell you how many times I just sat in my car in Drollinger and studied rather than making the effort to find a place at all the different buildings on campus. You can listen to music, be as loud as you want and get your studying done as well. Rather than getting distracted by other people or maybe even being the one to distract other people, just get in your car and study. This is what I usually do because it where I can focus the most. And on a hot day, Drollinger is always the coolest spot on campus.
Roski Dining
Though during lunch it can be a bit loud to study here, if you're like me and need to constantly snack while studying in order to make it through, Roski's is the perfect place. If you chose a random hour like 10 or 2 to study there will be no one there and you will have the huge dining hall to yourself. The staff are pretty friendly and won't bother you. You can always step out into the courtyard for a few minutes to catch some fresh air and they even have newspapers if you want to take a break or are studying for a poli sci class.

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