A Student’s Guide to Study Spots at Binghamton University

Posted by Junior Cortney Hafkin on December 2, 2016

As a junior at Binghamton, I can speak for most students in saying that studying for hours at the same exact location gets old. Fortunately, there are many places to study both on and off campus! Here's a look at some unique spots to make studying a little more bearable.

Larger study areas

Bartle Library, Fourth Floor

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Open 24 Hours


During the week, the fourth floor of Bartle Library is the best place to study. Everyone flocks towards the white room on the second floor, but the fourth floor has the same conditions as the white room and is a lot less crowded. If you don't find a desk in the main hallway of the fourth floor, don't get discouraged; there are plenty of tables that surround the various corners that are hidden from the main desks. Also, the fourth floor has group study rooms, which students can easily reserve online.

Hebrew and Arabic Room in Bartle Library

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When I was a freshman, my favorite place to study was in the Hebrew and Arabic Room, located (to the right of the bathrooms) on the second floor of Bartle Library. A sophomore originally walked me through the entrance of this hidden room, and I realized that through those strange black doors beheld a great place for students to study. This room is hardly used and is extremely unpopular because of the hidden entrance. However, once you open the doors, located on the edge of all of the rows of bookshelves is a silent study space with plenty of desks and outlets. Drag your friends with you through the creepy, black doors and check it out for yourselves.

Science Library

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Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  

Saturday: Closed

Sundays: Noon-9 p.m.

I personally did not know about Science Library until my second semester. It is truly a hidden gem. It is not as popular as Bartle Library, so it is not as crowded, and desks are more readily available. It is truly hidden underneath the Science 1 building, but it is definitely worth the adventure to find it. It is also a silent space with the best wooden desks and outlets for students to study. Also, there are huge group study rooms that students can reserve online. This is a great place for students to study, especially during finals week, because the desks do not fill up as quickly as they do in Bartle.

Teaching Greenhouse

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Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

I personally need a quiet study place to do my work and I do not like having to walk far to get there. Located in front of Science 3 is a beautiful greenhouse filled with many exotic plants. This quiet, warm environment is an extremely peaceful place for students to study. Although it is not centrally located on campus, if you have a class in one of the science buildings, it is conveniently located right in between Science 1 and Science 3. Despite the fact that the greenhouse does not really have desk or computers to use, it is relatively silent, has WiFi and is a great place to write a paper or knock out some essential reading.

John Arthur Cafe

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I personally have always strayed away from John Arthur Cafe because I never have cash or Binghamton BUC$, but this was a huge mistake. I stepped foot in it for the first time this semester and completely fell in love. Not only does it has the absolute best location on campus (in the Fine Arts Building, along the spine), but it is a great study spot, and you can grab coffee or a snack, too. This is a great place to go in between classes because you do not have to walk far, it has several tables, and it is relatively quiet. 

Mountainview PODs Center

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I lived in Mountainview my freshman and sophomore years and I can personally vouch that the walk to Bartle Library, especially in the cold Binghamton winter, can be impossible. Also, studying in the residential study lounges gets old and they tend to be crowded and noisy. While you are grabbing a snack or a meal in Appalachian Dining Hall, walk down the stairs into the PODs Center. It is open 24/7, contains around 20 computers and has an accessible printer. It is a great spot for students to study, especially if they live in Mountianview, without having to travel far.

During finals week, the discovery center located behind the PODs center is left open, too. The view overlooks the entire campus and there are huge tables and desks. That is where I lived during finals week last semester.

Undergrounds Lounge

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Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Located in the basement of the University Union, the Undergrounds Lounge is a great place for students to hang out, study or even take a nap. This spot is located underneath the Union, and if you get hungry all you have to do is walk upstairs to grab a bite to eat in the MarketPlace. I highly recommend checking it out. 

Small nooks

Student Wing

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Binghamton University has renovated a lot in recent years. As a junior, I walked down the hallway of the Student Wing and was amazed at how modernized it is. Binghamton's renovations made the Student Wing substantionally more spacious and added modern chairs and tables on the first and second floors. Instead of walking all the way to any of the libraries, these are great spots to study in-between classes. I highly recommend taking a stroll down there and taking a look for yourself.

Jazzman's booths

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Everyone feels accomplished when they get lucky enough to snag a Jazzman's booth during the day. However, on the weekends most of the rooms in Bartle Library close at 7 or 8 p.m., and the Jazzman's booths are usually vacant.

I was in the library late one Friday night and all of the lights turned off at 7 p.m. I was told by a worker that the room was going to close. Coincidentally, the Jazzman's booths were all vacant at that time (the remain open 24/7), and I was able to hog one for the rest of the night. If you ever need a place to study on the weekends when all of the rooms in the library are closed, grab a Jazzman's booth.

Atrium of the University Union

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Located above the Fleishman Center is the atrium of the University Union, where small tables and chairs are always available for students to study. In my opinion, the MarketPlace is too noisy and is not my ideal place to study, but walking up that one flight of stairs makes all of the difference. 

Off-campus locales

Binghamton University Downtown Center (UDC)

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Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday: Noon-9 p.m.

Do you live off campus and don't want to travel all the way back to campus to study? Check out Binghamton University's Downtown Center.

Also, do you have a group of people to study with and need a spot to study? Reserve a group study room in the UDC online

City Light Cafe and Christ the King Lutheran Church

These two additional study spots are going to be available only during finals week:

City Light Cafe

Location: 254 Washington St., Binghamton

Dates and Times: 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 16  

Free WiFi, coffee, and pastries will be provided!

Christ the King Lutheran Church

Location: 499 Plaza Drive, Vestal (very close to campus!)

Dates and Times: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, Dec. 9; 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Dec. 10 through Monday, Dec. 12

Free drinks and snacks will be provided.

Get the full study spot scoop at #StudyBing

Finding places to study during finals week is usually a nightmare. The #StudyBing website outlines extended hours and available spaces to study during finals. Check it out and good luck!

Cortney Hafkin is a junior from Queens, N.Y. She is a member of Off Campus College Council and Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, and enjoys eating pizza and sushi. 

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