Whether or not you drink coffee, small cafes are places where many people gather to work. With outlets and wifi (and caffeine), sometimes it’s easier to be productive when the people around you are also working hard.
If you’re going to school somewhere that has an art museums, these can sometimes be great places to study. Museums are usually quiet and the scenery is good to get creative juices flowing. Even just reading a book or reviewing notes can seem much more appealing when you do it in a nice space, and galleries are usually well-lit so there’s less chance of falling asleep while you work.
My campus is located next to a huge park, and on sunny days it’s fun to go sit next to the lake and work on my programs for class. Parks are a good way to make it outside while staying productive, and sometimes walking a little further to get to the ideal study area is great encouragement to get that little bit of extra exercise.
Chances are, your campus has a library. This is always a great place to go to work; not only is it quiet, but you’re surrounded by everything you need to work on that research paper you need to write or learn the concept you are struggling with. Alternatively, you can visit one of your city’s local libraries, where you can visit new places and enjoy the company of strangers all silently working.
This one is kind of weird, but it applies to me a lot. If you keep a personal sketchbook or have to do figure sketches for class, the metro can be a great place to find people to draw and apply your skills. Similarly, if you’re a creative writer, the bus can be a great place to people-watch and get ideas for new stories. Just be careful that you know where you’re going, or you could end up very lost (as I have done many, many, many times).
Those are just some of the places that I like to go when I have the time and/or motivation. Of course, chances are you’ll do a lot of studying in your dorm room or the student center; it’s important for you to find the place that you work best. But if you ever want to change things up, any of these places would be a good place to start!
-- Joanna Slusarewicz