During finals, Club Lib and the Marshall Study Center are the hot spots for studying. However, they may not be the best place to study all-day every day. When you can’t find a seat or you’re looking for a more relaxed environment, check out my favorite calming places on campus!
The MLK fountain can be busy mid-day but, in the morning or afternoon, it’s a great study spot. If the fountains distract you, they turn off in the late afternoon. TIP: The benches at the edge of the fountain have access to electrical outlets. It’s a great location if you want to be outside but need to plug-in.
Fine Arts Building Tree
If you love don’t mind bugs and dirt, relax by this incredible tree outside the Fine Arts building. Perch on the many low-hanging branches or, if you’re not a climber, hang out on the benches below.
Juniper-Poplar Parking Garage
It’s one of the tallest buildings on campus and a great place to clear your head or just relax. Overlook the entire campus and the Tampa skyline. Occasionally, you can listen to bands practice and, during summer, you can watch Busch Garden’s nightly fireworks show.
Soak up the sun at the beach on the south side of Castor Hall. This quiet stretch of sand features several beach loungers and occasional hammocks perfect for post-exam naps.
Interdisciplinary Sciences (ISA) Building
In need of outlets, couches and white boards? Look no further. The ISA building is my go-to study spot if I need a quiet space to get a lot of work done. There are plenty of quiet study nooks in this six-story science building. The building is also covered in windows, so I never feel trapped.
Champion’s Choice Patio
Champion’s Choice (between the Sun Dome and Campus Rec) is out of the way for most people, so it’s relatively quiet. Enjoy great and healthy food, and sit at one of the only outdoor tables with a built-in outlet on campus.
The library might be hectic, but a few steps outside brings you into a completely different atmosphere. The park behind the library is beautiful and relaxing. Enjoy the peace and have fun on one of the swings!