Imagine yourself walking around campus, trying to find somewhere to study. For some reason, the usual places just aren’t doing it for you. Bedroom? Too comfortable. Cafe Milano? Too loud. MLK Student Union? Too crowded. Memorial Glade? Too sunny. We’ve all been there. Here are some places we at the Clog have compiled that have all you’ve ever wanted in a study spot — namely Wi-Fi, silence, space and outlets.
Berkeley Public Library
Located along Shattuck Avenue, the Berkeley Public Library, or BPL, is a great alternative when you can’t find any seats in Main Stacks or Doe Library. This library is open most days until 6 p.m. and is the ideal place to cram information before midterms and quizzes. With a large selection of books that aren’t the typical nonfiction tomes you find in campus libraries, BPL is a quiet place to do some light reading between classes. If you’re a California resident with a valid driver’s license, get a library card (it’s free) and you can have access to the library’s computers and Wi-Fi.
For those of you looking for a cafe atmosphere, make the trek to Stanley Hall and order yourself a strawberry banana smoothie and a bagel. The white noise isn’t too disruptive and the convenient location is a good rest area between classes on Northside. Just be sure to avoid the lunch crowd and you’ll have the perfect place to study in the evenings and early mornings. If the cafe is too crowded, don’t be afraid to scope out Stanley Hall’s many tables to sit down. The sight of people milling around the labs will inspire you have a productive study session.
723 Tea Station
This Taiwanese establishment located on Sather Lane is the place to go when you’re craving milk tea or popcorn chicken to go along with your lectures notes and project papers. You need energy to study. Sugar gives you energy and boba has lots of sugar, so it only makes sense to set up camp here. In fact, it isn’t hard to imagine yourself snacking and studying all day at 723 Tea Station. Unlike other boba places on Southside, 723 Tea Station provides free Wi-Fi and has plenty of space and outlets.
Often overshadowed like a pesky younger sibling, Eshleman Hall is the Solange to MLK Jr. Student Union’s Beyoncé. We all love the beloved Queen B, but once in a while it’d be nice to take a break from her shining existence. Contrary to what you may believe, Eshleman isn’t only accessible to student organizations. It’s a peaceful reprieve from the student union’s busybody vibe and the natural lighting is soothing to the eye. If you’re tired of always hunting for a free chair, walk on next door to Eshleman and take a seat by the counter or around one of the white tables.
With these places in mind, you won’t have to go through the headache of picking out your perfect study spot and fighting the masses.