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Having a finals freakout? Ditch campus (but not your books) for these 5 study spots

Posted by Alex Pearlman  December 14, 2011 09:12 AM

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studying for finals.jpgBy Saba Hamedy

Winter break: Those two words make sleep-deprived students’ eyes light up at this time of year. For most, the vacation is so close, yet so far.

With finals season in full swing, on-campus study lounges and libraries are packed with students buried in their books and busting out their 10-page papers: The last table at the library is taken, all of the Student Union's booths are filled, the mood in the study lounges is way too intense for your liking, and your dorm room and its many and varied distractions is just totally out of the question. So what are you supposed to do?

Fear not! Boston, being a college town and all, has plenty of places where you can find your perfect study niche.

Boston Public Library (700 Boylston St., Copley Square). Majestic and inviting, the BPL is a great place to escape on-campus distractions. Nab a table with a view of the courtyard, borrow some books for your research paper, and get down to work. If you want to take your research (or a fun read for over break) home with you, grab a library card, or you can come and go from the building card-free.

The Boston Common. I know it's cold, but suck it up! This park is gorgeous and the perfect quiet spot to study. Put on a winter coat, grab the book you have to finish by 5 p.m. (and your warm drink of choice), and sit on a bench until it’s done. Maybe the cold will motivate you to finish quicker.

Trident Booksellers & Cafe (338 Newbury St., Back Bay). Newbury Street is home to a lot of shops and tasty restaurants to distract you from your studies, but Trident is an escape from the retail therapy and often-overpriced dining options. Seating may be tough to find, but the food is heavenly, and there’s free WiFi and plenty of places to sit and work (or de-stress with a fun book) until you're ready to leave.

Harvard Co-Op (1400 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square). Nab a comfy corner chair and stay a while! Though often crowded with Harvard students, the bookstore and café have a lot to offer customers, ranging from a delicious sandwich menu to free WiFi.

Equal Exchange Café (226 Causeway St., North End). A bit more hidden than other coffeeshops and study spots, this café has delicious organic teas and coffees and a vibe that’s hard to find anywhere else in the city. Turn off your phone, ask for the coffee of the day, and purchase a pastry or my personal café favorite (chili) for a snack while you study. The friendly service and quiet atmosphere will surely help you focus.

Where's your favorite study spot?

Photo by English106 (Flickr)

About Saba -- I'm a Los Angeles native and junior at Boston University, double majoring in journalism and political science. I am currently editor-in-chief of BU's independent student newspaper, The Daily Free Press. I love traveling, writing, reading, and taking photos. Twitter: @saba_h

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