The Chronicle’s guide to the best study spots to prepare for finals

With reading period and finals around the corner, here are some spots you can hunker down for that last stretch.

The Wellness Center

Located near the Bryan Center Plaza, the Wellness Center is one of the most peaceful study spots on campus. You can head to the meditation garden to work in one of the egg chairs or the booths on the first floor. If you need a break, you can head to the oasis and take a break in one of the massage chairs or distract yourself with singing bowls or coloring books. 

Bella Union

Located on the fourth floor of McClendon Tower, Bella Union is a unique study spot that caters to diverse preferences. If you're into studying with a soundtrack, the café always has music playing. For those who prefer quiet, the third floor offers large couches to work in. The bridge outside Bella provides a spot with benches for those who enjoy open-air studying. 

The café offers a range of drinks, from smoothies to coffee. Need a snack? The shop's got you covered with ice cream, chips, chocolates and other bites. If you’re studying there late at night, you can also grab something from Pitchfork's, which is located a few floors below in the same building.

Von Der Heyden Pavillon (Vondy)

Located in Perkins Library, Vondy is a favorite study spot for many Duke students. Always busy, the Von Der Heyden Pavilion has arching glass windows and big armchairs that provide a relaxed atmosphere to work in. Located inside Vondy is The Perk, a café offering a variety of options to eat and drink. Almost every seat in the space has a charger located next to it, a convenience that is available at few other eateries on campus. 

The Bryan Center

Open 24 hours a day, the Bryan Center is a great place to work if you like studying into the night. It has multiple levels to work at and is wheelchair accessible. If you want to grab a bite, both Mcdonald's and the Gothic Grill are located in BC. Close to the main quad and the Brodhead Center, BC is ideally located and makes for a great study spot. 

The libraries

The obvious choice, Duke's libraries offer a study environment for when you need to get serious. Seeking silence? The fourth floor of Perkins Library and the Gothic reading room on the second floor of Rubenstein Library are the places for you. For collaborative study sessions, you can reserve a group-study space in the Link. 

If you are an East Campus resident, you can study at Lilly Library, which is open for 24 hours during exam season.

Ishita Vaid | Associate News Editor

Ishita Vaid is a Trinity sophomore and an associate news editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.


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