Off-Campus Study Spots

PC: Levi Ventura

PC: Levi Ventura


We all have our favorite study spots at Union, whether the library, student center or even the dorm lobbies. Sometimes though, you just need to get off campus and find a place free from friends and distractions. There are lots of great study areas around Lincoln where you can concentrate on writing that paper and passing that test. Lincoln’s public libraries offer many free resources to students in addition to providing a quiet place to study. With free wifi and public computers open to all patrons, you’ll have everything you need for a productive visit. It’s quick and easy to get a library card that can be used at all of the branches. There are eight public libraries in Lincoln, and the Gere branch is only a mile from Union’s campus.

The University of Nebraska’s campus is a good study spot if you still want the feel of a campus without the distraction of running into your friends. They offer many common areas for students in addition to having a large library. As a Union student, you can use your student ID card to get into their library! Although they’re a little bit louder than libraries, bookstores are also great places to study. Barnes and Noble has a cafe inside with access to free wifi. Being surrounded by books and others reading can provide the motivation you need to focus on your own homework.

Smaller, independent bookstores, such as Indigo Bridge Books, also work well and can sometimes be quieter than chain bookstores. Coffee shops are also great places to study (and get your caffeine fix.) Lincoln has countless coffee shops, each with a different atmosphere. You’re sure to find your perfect study area. Places like Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso and The Mill can be especially nice since they stay open late in the evening.

And don’t limit yourself to just coffee shops! Casual restaurants, like Panera Bread, are also good places to grab a bite to eat and go through your textbooks. Be creative and try new places in your search for the perfect study location. Just remember when going to coffee shops and bookstores that it’s polite to purchase something, especially if you’re planning on studying there for a while. Take the opportunity to treat yourself to a warm drink or a sweet treat while you work!

Amanda McCarter is a senior studying biomedical science.