Students already packing the libraries? Can’t seem to find an empty place to focus and study? Al-Talib has got your back.
We asked students where they love studying the most. Here are 10 study spots (in no particular order) around the UCLA campus you should check out. (A map is included at the end.)
1. Young Research Library
The newly renovated first floor study lounge has a modern look that students will appreciate. In case you start feeling too cozy while studying, there’s also a cafe on the first floor.
2. Engineering Library
“They have that calm, cozy, and silent-stormy mood and atmosphere,” says one student. The library is less packed during study season, as not many people know about it.
3. Powell Library
The library is beautiful inside and out. Some say it’s easy to focus here. But this is one of the first places people hit up to study. So during midterms and final seasons, try to exhaust your other options before looking for space here!
4. Kerckhoff Study Lounge
The study lounge can be found on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Kerckhoff, an ideal place for MSA-ers to study if they want to stay close to the Mozlums. It’s also one of the few study spots close to the prayer area behind Kerckhoff.
5. SAC (Student Activity Center) Basement
Good place to study during finals week as they have study hall hours until 3 a.m. They also have their own Vanpool service to drop students off at their dorm or apartment (available only if you study there for at least 1 hour).
6. Lawn next to Janss steps
If you need some fresh air or Vitamin D, you can study in the lawn next to Janss steps. Plus, the view is fantastic!
7. Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is a beautiful place every student must visit before graduating (the garden even holds some very rare species). It’s open to public during certain hours, students are free to study there. My personal favorite spot is the “tropical” section. If you are close enough to the water you might spot a few turtles!
8. Kerckhoff Patio
It’s out in the open, you get fresh air (and still remain relatively close to your second home, the MSA office). It’s also right next to the Kerckhoff Coffee shop. Go here only if you are not easily distracted.
9. Starbucks in Westwood
If you are sick of studying on campus, there are plenty of cafes in Westwood (many of them come with free wifi). One student’s favorite is the Starbucks.
10. “Cafe Med” at Center for Health and Sciences
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This came at the perfect time! Thanks 🙂
Awesome, “Cafe Med” made it and so did Janns Lawn…JazakiAllah Khair
Wish I had known this back when I started at UCLA…
Whenever I see an article like this, I think “Hana Khan had to have written this”.
What an awesome top ten list! I’m looking forward to more in the near future inshAllah.
Keep up the great work!
Great article! I have been on this campus 6 years and am still discovering new quiet spots on campus.
While for me they used to be “study spots”, now that I am working at UCLA and don’t study… I now look for quiet spots to pray. My goal every day is to find a new place for Dhuhr and Asr. (No offense, but behind Kerckhoff gets boring)…
Here are my faves that didn’t make the list:
1. 5th floor of YRL
2. Sculpture garden
3. Anderson Business School patios
4. Law school library
5. Patio off of cafe in the arts building
6. Cuts spot… if walking West of the sculpture garden just passed the half naked woman sculpture, through the path, art building on your right, almost until you hit the road… you will find a secret cuts bench spot 🙂
7. Patio on second (third?) floor of Royce, amazing view and so abandoned that I’ve seen students sleeping there before.
8. Arts library in Public policy
That’s what I can think of for now… if I remember more, I’ll post.
Thanks Sumaya! Wow, I didn’t know about the patio in Royce. I will definitely check that out soon iA!
Muslims not Mozlums
The SEL geology library seems to be good place to study