Another semester has flown by. Study period begins Thursday, December 13, and everyone is gearing up to cram for finals week, which starts Monday, December 17, and concludes Friday, December 21. 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, including some new additions on the Fenway Campus. Hours, as noted, are for Thursday, December 13, through the end of finals December 21.
Charles River Campus:
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, December 13, and running through Thursday, December 20, 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.
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.
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, visit the ERC’s fifth floor office. Open to all students with a valid BU ID.
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.
Science & Engineering Library
38 Cummington Mall
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8 am to midnight; Sunday, noon to midnight; Friday December 21, 8 am 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.
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
College of Arts & Sciences, 725 Commonwealth Ave., Room 105
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 11 pm
One of the newest study space 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 can accommodate up to 134 students, and is open to all BU students.
School of Theology Library
745 Commonwealth Ave., second floor
Hours: Thursday, December 13, 7:30 am to 11 pm; Friday, December 14, 7:30 am to 8 pm; Saturday, December 15, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, December 16, 1 pm to 7 pm; Monday, December 17, and Tuesday, December 18, 7:30 am to 11 pm; Wednesday, December 19, and Thursday, December 20, 7:30 am to 9 pm; Friday, December 21, 7:30 am to 5 pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The library is open to all students with a valid BU ID.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boston University Dining Services
Marciano Commons, 100 Bay State Road; Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Ave.; West Campus, 275 Babcock St.
Hours: Sunday, December 16, through Thursday, December 20, 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.
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 new Fenway Campus. During the day, the room is flooded with natural light. It can accommodate more than 100 people.
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 Coffee and the Convenience Store.
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.
BU Medical Center Alumni Medical Library
72 East Concord St., 11th, 12th, 13th floors
Hours: For the 11th floor: 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; for the 12th floor: 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. Note: the 13th floor is closed through December and will reopen in January.
This Medical Campus library is open to all students with a valid BU ID. Spread over three floors, it has long communal tables, group rooms for quiet study (available on a first-come, first-served basis), and computers. The 13th floor, which will reopen in January, is reserved for quiet study.
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