Fayetteville’s Best Places to Study
Finals week is almost upon us, and as we begin to finally take the shrink-wrap off of our textbooks and get down to a legitimate, more-than-the-ten-minutes-before-class study session, most of us will realize that our bedrooms and dorm rooms are just not going to work. Whether it be the upstairs neighbor who is partial to stomping, the roommate who prefers to jam to dubstep while studying, or the fact that a TV and a kitchen provide too much incentive to procrastinate, we all need a place to hit the books. Here are the top 10 places, some on campus and some off, where students can study:
Mullins is the standby choice for many students because of its central location, size and quietness. Mullins is open 24/7 starting on April 29, which makes it arguably the best place for the all-nighter. Get there early to snag a beanbag or a big table, as Mullins can get very crowded during finals week. Also, be wary that the WiFi in Mullins can be spotty.
The Law Library
Often a meeting place for professors and law students, the Law Library (located on the second floor of the Law Building) is a great place for those who need motivation from others to study. Also, there is an Arsaga’s inside, which means lots of liquid energy!
The Arkansas Union
The central location of the Arkansas Union makes it a good place for study groups. With a dining area and convenience store located inside, it is ideal for the hungry student. The Arkansas Union and its computer lab are open 24/7.
The Gregg Street Arsaga’s has a great atmosphere and laid-back clientele. If you arrive early (or get lucky) you may even be able to snag one of the booths in the back; otherwise, seating is limited. The Crossover Arsaga’s is the Gregg Street Arsaga’s little-known sibling. But don’t let that stop you from going: this Arsaga’s is rarely full and more spacious than any of the other locations.
Big Momma’s Coffee & Espresso Bar
With student specials on drink prices that are already cheap, Big Momma’s provides a calm, quiet atmosphere, as it is tucked away from most foot traffic. It is conveniently located off the bike trail for cyclists and pedestrians, but drivers will need to pay the dreaded Dickson Street parking rates.
Located on Dickson Street, Common Grounds is familiar with the rush of bleary-eyed students during this time of year. Their bottomless cup of coffee is a great deal for someone who needs to get a lot done, and the hours are favorable for the late-nighter and early riser alike.
Fayetteville Public Library
FPL is a nice place to study as it is not too frequented by college students. WiFi access is available to library cardholders (and all students are eligible for a card). Additionally, you may be able to check out some of those books you never got around to buying.
The Greek Theatre
As an outdoor venue, the Greek Theatre is a great location to study while you tan. If you’re prone to distraction, however, this isn’t the place for you: the construction combined with the dozens of people walking by may cause even the most dedicated students to lose focus.
Old Main Lawn
One of the great things about Old Main Lawn is that it is so huge. Lay down a blanket and plop down under a tree and you’ll be set to study. Studying at Old Main Lawn is, as with all outdoor areas, dependent on the weather, so make sure you check the forecast before you begin studying. Also, avoid the southern end of the lawn rife with construction, and try not to sit on an anthill.
Nightbird Books, located on Dickson Street, is small, but it has a coffee shop and patisserie inside and a sizeable number of tables. It is also an excellent location for boosting your academic street cred by reading…in a bookstore.