Best Study Spots for #StudyBing

Posted by Sophia Cohen on April 26, 2019

Finals are the only thing standing between you and summer vacation. Luckily, there are a ton of great study spots both on and off campus to keep you focused so you can get your work done and get through finals season.


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Glenn G. Bartle Library

Hours: Open 24/7 now until the end of finals 

As the main library at Binghamton University, Bartle hosts study spots to fit all kinds of study needs and habits.

Do you like to work in a social environment? Check out the South Study Lounge for a cafe-vibe that embraces a collaborative atmosphere. Or try the Newcomb reading room that has tables and monitors, which are perfect for group work.

Do you need total silence to concentrate? Head to the fourth floor for plenty of personal study spaces, in a low-noise environment.

When you need to refuel during your study session, head to Jazzman’s for a coffee and a sandwich. You better get there early if you want to grab one of the coveted Jazzman’s booths!

One great tool to utilize is the room reservation system to ensure that your favorite study room is secured.

Science Library

Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat: Closed, Sun: 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Extended hours during finals season

As home to the heavier-science books, the Science Library sees less foot traffic than Bartle, making it a great spot to find a quiet nook to work in when Bartle becomes too crowded. With both quiet and collaborative spaces scattered throughout, the area is bound to have a space to fit your study needs. Or reserve a spot online and secure a room with a table, chairs, outlets and a whiteboard!

Res-Life Communities

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Steam Room 

Hours: M-Th: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., F, Sat, Sun: 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Need a space to focus on your creative work? Then head to the Mountainview Steam Room where any Binghamton student can come to learn, explore and create using tools and materials provided for: textiles, computer aided-design, music, artistry, jewelry, design, electronics and robotics.

Rockefeller Center 

Hours: F, May 10: 8:30 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sat-Sun, May 11-12: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m., M-Th, May 13-16: 8:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., F, May 17: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center is located across the street from Lecture Hall at the entrance to Hinman. This beloved spot has plenty of tables, chairs and comfy couches to spend the day doing work in. The Rockefeller Center is also stocked with computers and printers, which makes it convenient for printing out your paper on the way to class.

Fireside Lounge

Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. - 1 a.m., Sat, Sun: 8 a.m. - 4 a.m.

Curl up next to the Dickinson fireside lounge for some warmth and coziness during finals. Or head over to the Newing side for cozy chairs and huge tables. Whichever side you prefer, both are perfect for both group and individual work. Then head downstairs to C4 for a late-night study snack at NOWL.

College in the Woods Library

Hours: M-Th: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., F: 9 a.m. -  6 p.m., Sat: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Located conveniently above the CIW dining hall, this space has an open-concept design so you can work quietly in a study carrel or cozy chairs with desks attached, and still have friends around. Head upstairs for big tables and study rooms and take advantage of the computer lab and printers!

In Nature

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Hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The E.W. Heier Teaching and Research Greenhouses supports four different climates: warm, cool, desert and tropical. Students are welcomed to find the climate that works best for them and get their work done surrounded by plants native to that environment.

The Nature Preserve

Binghamton’s favorite and largest classroom is a great place to get away from the traditional study spaces. Go explore some trails and paths, and find a peaceful spot to become one with nature and tap into some deep focus.

Memorial Courtyard

Hours: M-Th: Open 24 hours, F: 12 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Located in the center of the Fine Arts building, this courtyard, dedicated to Binghamton alumni who lost their lives on 9/11, is a peaceful spot located in the heart of campus. Escape the craziness of daily life here and find a bench to do work and relax.


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Einstein’s Bros. Bagels

Hours: M-Th: 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., F: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat, Sun: Closed

Miss your New York bagels? Grab a taste of home here and then grab a table in the back or outside to get your studying done with a yummy snack and coffee.

John Arthur

Hours: M-Th: 9 a.m - 4 p.m., F: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sat, Sun: Closed

Have you tried the John Arthur Café? Located on the second floor of the Fine Arts building with an outdoor patio and access from the Spine, it's a great place to hang out, catch up on work and grab a quick drink or snack. From bagels to coffee to baked goods and fruit, there is something for everyone here. Just be sure to bring cash or your credit/debit card.


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University Downtown Center

Hours: M-Th: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., F-Sun: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Just a short bus ride away, the UDC is a great place to find a study spot off campus. Complete with quiet computer pods and study carrels, the UDC features study lounges and group study rooms that you can reserve. There’s even a Jazzman’s located right in the front lobby!

City Light Coffee

Hours: M: Closed, T-F: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sat, Sun: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Extended hours during finals

This non-profit coffee shop located in downtown Binghamton is a student favorite. With plenty of tables and couches, the cafe attracts students for its chill vibes and quiet atmosphere. Added bonus, coffee is free with your student ID!

Strange Brew

Hours: M-F: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Binghamton, this coffee shop offers pastas, sandwiches and salads as well as plenty of study space for students.

Sophia is a junior English major who loves exploring all the opportunities Binghamton has to offer. In her free time she likes to bake, listen to classic rock and hang out with her Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi sisters. 

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