Study spaces: what’s hot and what’s not


Although it feels somewhat unclear if winter is actually coming (see: 70-degree highs a week and a half ago), it is already November. Midterms are sort of starting to wrap up, but the f-word (f*nals) is starting to work its way into on-campus dialogue, and seminar papers are no longer the stuff of myths. Ugh.

In other words, whether we like it or not, it’s that time of the semester where work becomes a thing that’s real. So, in honor of the impending misery that is actually being productive, here’s a quick guide to which study spots on and around campus are hot and which ones are not. Literally.


HOT: J. Walter Wilson. For some odd reason, JWW is consistently just slightly warmer than one would expect. I really don’t know how I feel about it.


NOT: The Rock, Main Reading Room. I wouldn’t necessarily call it cold, but the main area of the Rock is definitely not hot. Actually, it’s quite pleasant.


HOT: Orwig Music Library. Jesus Christ.


NOT: SciLi. You’d better bring a sweater, or else the only thing you’ll have to keep yourself from freezing is the heat generated by your frying brain.

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HOT: Blue State/Bookstore. Whether or not Blue State qualifies as “cozy” can be hotly (pun intended, sorry) debated, but regardless, you should be ready to start peeling layers if you’re ever lucky enough to get a coveted table.


NOT: John Hay Library, Main Reading Room. The climate is as icy as the silence in this immense, intimidating study spot. Layers are essential.

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HOT: The Shop. I’d guess that the thermostat at this coffee shop on Wickenden is permanently stuck at 75 degrees. Also, both of the windows are massive, so be sure to find a shadier spot in order to better avoid hot-flashes.



~JUST RIGHT~: Dave’s Coffee. Dave’s rocks not only in terms of its food and drink, but also in terms of its climate control. Not too hot, not too cold — they’ve got it down to a science. Keep doing you, Dave’s. 72/72.

Happy studying (if at all possible — idk)!

Images via Taylor deRosa ’16, Charlotte Bilski ’16, and Kevin Haggerty ’18.

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