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      The Best Places to Study for Finals

      A guide to BU’s best-known study haunts and best-kept secrets


      Another semester has flown by. Study period begins Friday, May 3, and everyone is gearing up to cram for finals week, which starts Tuesday, May 7, and concludes Saturday, May 11. Students are pouring into Mugar Memorial Library, the GSU Food Court, and nearby coffee shops to finish papers and projects. But finding a seat in those places is often difficult. With that in mind, BU Today asked students their favorite places to study, and we’ve put together a list of the most popular on the Charles River, Fenway, and Medical campuses. Hours, as noted, are for Friday, May 3, through the end of finals May 11.

      Charles River Campus:

      A student studies among the bookcases in Mugar Library

      Photo by Dana J. Quigley

      Mugar Memorial Library
      771 Commonwealth Ave.

      Hours: Open daily, 24 hours

      If there’s a Ground Zero during finals week at BU, this is it. As the main library on campus, Mugar is the most popular place to study. It has seven floors and will be open 24 hours a day during finals week. It also houses the largest computer lounge on the Charles River Campus. The ground floor bustles with activity, so to find a quiet spot, head to one of the upper floors.

      Starting Thursday, May 2, and running through Friday, May 10, the University will provide free late night van service from midnight until 6 am. Vans will leave from in front of the library and take students to any destination on the Charles River, Fenway, or Medical campuses. For more information, call the Mugar security department at 617-353-4015.

      Exterior shot of Kilachand Hall.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      Kilachand Hall Study Lounge
      91 Bay State Road, ninth floor

      Hours: Open daily, 24 hours

      Visitors to the top floor of Kilachand Hall will find a study lounge with panoramic views of Boston and the Fenway. Reminder: Kilachand Hall’s study lounge, like those in other residences, is open only to students living on campus and available only to Kilachand residents after 2 am.

      Private room in the Educational Resource Center.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      Educational Resource Center
      Center for Student Services
      100 Bay State Road, fifth floor

      Hours:?Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 9 pm; Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; closed Saturday; Sunday, noon to 8 pm

      The Educational Resource Center (ERC) has both casual study nooks and private study spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a private study room (available only on weekdays), visit the ERC’s fifth floor office. A large study room is available from May 3 to May 10. The Educational Resource Center is open to all students with a valid BU ID.

      Statue in Pickering Library.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      Pickering Educational Resources Library
      Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, 2 Silber Way

      Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 10 pm; Friday, 8 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; closed Sunday

      One of the smaller libraries on campus, the Pickering Library, in the basement of 2 Silber Way, offers a quiet place to study. Open to all students with a valid BU ID.

      Inside of Science & Engineering Library.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      Science & Engineering Library
      38 Cummington Mall

      Hours: Friday, May 3 to Thursday, May 9, 8 am to midnight; Friday, May 10, 8 am to 7:30 pm; Saturday, May 11, noon to 7:30 pm

      This library is convenient for anyone living on or near East Campus seeking a short commute. It has cubicles as well as communal tables for studying. Find more information about finals week hours here.

      Top floor view from study lounge of 575 Commonwealth Ave.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      575 Commonwealth Ave., eighth floor

      Hours: Open daily, 24 hours

      This top-floor study lounge is for those who want a view while hitting the books. The residence hall also has a first-floor multipurpose room with chairs, couches, and a pool table for when you need a break. Open to students living on campus.

      CAS Think Tank

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      CAS Think Tank
      College of Arts & Sciences, 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 105

      Hours:?Monday to Friday, 8 am to 11 pm

      One of the newest study spaces on campus, the Think Tank features individual study cubbies, communal tables, and team meeting rooms with whiteboards, providing a tranquil spot to meet and study. The space is open to all BU students.

      School of Theology book stacks.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      School of Theology Library
      745 Commonwealth Ave., second floor

      Hours: Friday, May 3, 7:45 am to 9 pm; Saturday, May 4, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, May 5, 1 to 5 pm; Monday, May 6, to Thursday, May 9, 7:45 am to 10 pm; Friday, May 10, 7:45 am to 6 pm. Summer hours will begin on May 11.

      The STH Library has carrels as well as communal tables for studying. There is also a conference room that can be booked for groups of students needing a place to gather. To book the conference room, email sgsmith@bu.edu. The library is open to all students with a valid BU ID.

      Students at work in the Ziskind Lounge.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      Ziskind Lounge
      George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., second floor

      Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to midnight

      The Ziskind Lounge is a good place for study groups to congregate. You’ll find communal tables as well as comfortable easy chairs throughout the lounge, which is open to all students with a valid BU ID.

      Window-side desks in Dean’s Study Lounge.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      Dean’s Study Lounge
      George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., third floor

      Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to midnight

      This study lounge is one of the best-kept secrets at BU. It’s quiet, seats about 60, and even has a physical therapy athletic training table for Sargent College students who need to do practice exams.

      The African American Studies Student Lounge offers free coffee and snacks.

      Photo by Cydney Scott

      African American Studies Program Building
      138 Mountfort St., South Campus

      Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

      The small student lounge in the African American Studies Program building, which has both tables and desks, is an ideal location for those looking to hit the books during finals. There’s also a classroom and seminar room available to students. And as an added draw, the department offers free coffee and snacks. The space is open to all students with a BU ID.

      Students on their laptops at Buick Street Market & Café.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      Buick Street Market & Café
      10 Buick St.

      Hours:?Monday to Friday, 7 am to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to midnight

      Here’s a place for those who study best surrounded by food and a crowd. Choose from the market’s ample selections of sandwiches and salads. As an added incentive for those in need of fresh coffee, the Dunkin’ Donuts will have extended hours during study days and finals, closing at midnight. The market and café are open to all students with a valid BU ID.

      View of Boston from the StuVi II study lounge.

      Photo by Alexandra Wimley (COM’17)

      StuVi II Study Lounge
      33 Harry Agganis Way, 26th floor

      Hours: Open daily, 24 hours

      Many consider this to be Boston University’s premier studying spot. The lounge offers sweeping views of Boston and Cambridge (a fascinating distraction when you need a break from reading) and is especially popular with students who live on West Campus. Open to all students living in BU housing.

      Photo courtesy of Boston University Dining Servies

      Boston University Dining Services
      Marciano Commons, 100 Bay State Road; Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Ave.; West Campus, 275 Babcock St.

      Hours: Tuesday, May 7, through Thursday, May 9, normal closing hours extended from 9 pm to 2 am

      In an effort to create more space for students to study, the closing hours of all of three of BU’s residential dining halls have been extended into the early hours of the morning. Although there will be no dining services during the extended hours, coffee will be provided and food will be available for purchase.

      Fenway Campus:

      Wolf room on Fenway campus

      Photo by Cydney Scott

      Campus Center Student Residences, Room 105 (Wolf Room), 150 Riverway

      Hours: 8 am to 11 pm daily

      The Wolf Room offers one of the largest study spaces on BU’s Fenway Campus. During the day, the room is flooded with natural light. It can accommodate more than 100 people.

      Fish Bowl room for studying

      Photo by Cydney Scott

      Campus Center Student Residences, Room 106 (Lincoln Room), 150 Riverway

      Hours: 8 am to 11 pm daily.

      This conference room may be small, but with a whiteboard and large TV monitor, it’s an excellent space for group study. It’s also known as the Fish Bowl.

      In addition to the Wolf and Lincoln Rooms, the Campus Center Student Residences offers several other lounge areas adjacent to the Longfellow Café and the Convenience Store.

      Dance room to study in

      Photo by Cydney Scott

      Pilgrim Student Center
      37 Pilgrim Road

      Hours: Open daily, 8 am to 5 pm and 7 pm to midnight

      The Pilgrim Student Center offers various seating configurations. If you’re looking for an enclosed space, head to Room 103, which doubles as a dance studio, with a giant mirror and piano. But during finals, it has tables and chairs that can accommodate up to 50 people and a projector for those engaged in group projects.

      Medical Campus:

      A student studies for his boards in the Boston University School of Medicine Alumni Medical Library

      Photo by Cydney Scott

      BU Medical Center Alumni Medical Library
      72 East Concord St., 11th, 12th, 13th floors

      Hours: Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7:30 am to midnight; Friday, 7:30 am to 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm; Sunday, 10 am to midnight. Students can also avail themselves of the Testing Center on the 11th floor. Testing Center hours: Monday to Thursday, 6 am to 11:45 pm; Friday, 6 am to 9:45 pm; Saturday, 8 am to 9:45 pm; and Sunday, 8 am to 11:45 pm.?Note: the 13th floor is reserved for quiet study only. Additional study space is available 24/7 in McNary R107, on the first floor of 72 East Concord Street, when it’s not being used for classes.

      This Medical Campus library is open to all students with a valid BU ID. Spread over two floors, it has long communal tables, group rooms for quiet study (available on a first-come, first-served basis), and computers.

      Have suggestions for other study spots on campus? Add them to the Comment section below.


      One Comment on The Best Places to Study for Finals

      • Hanna on 05.05.2017 at 7:49 am

        It matters, because in Mugar for instance, it is so freaking cold, that it’s really impossible to focus on studying!

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