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The perfect on- and off-campus study spots

By Liz McGovern

The competition among students to score an unoccupied table in Raynor Memorial Libraries can be fierce during midterm week. Some use the handy student U-Pass to travel off campus in search of study nooks — often finding ones with caffeine appeal.  

1317 E. Brady St.

Rochambo is the perfect study spot with year-round Christmas lights, bright yellow walls, eclectic background music and mismatched furniture that gives off a vibrant vibe. Students can hang out downstairs where there is a little background noise or upstairs for nearly complete quiet. A big bonus: Wi-Fi is free with a coffee or bakery purchase.

Brooks Lounge:
Alumni Memorial Union

Students call Brooks Lounge "the most underrated study spot on campus." Students say it's easy to find a place to focus because the environment is less crowded and quieter than the Brew. When it's time for a study break, students can pick up a game of pool.

Colectivo at the Lake
1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

Colectivo (formerly known as Alterra) is housed in a converted old water pump station from the 1800s. The old building has a historic but chic feel and a delectable Wisconsin grilled cheese. Colectivo has become such a popular study spot that the store recently added free Wi-Fi for patrons.

Brewed Café
1208 E. Brady St.

The purple walls and soft music of the Brewed Café perfectly match its environment: whimsical and relaxing, which is perfect for studying. The menu offers an array of espresso drinks, but the café's main focus is food. Students recommend the vegetarian chili.

611 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The Starbucks at the Hilton Hotel is a short walk from campus and almost guaranteed to be less crowded than the campus Starbucks. Students like to get a white chocolate mocha fix and avoid the distraction of running into friends.  

Tory Hill Café
Marquette Law School

Students love spending time at the Law School's café. They rave about the food but stay for the ambiance. The building's elegance and modern architecture — not to mention the fireplace — make studying a little more comfortable. 


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