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Finals week is around the corner, and we’re getting closer to the last few weeks of college. It is the busiest time, as some college student begin to procrastinate and others start to study for finals. Whether you stay up until midnight or sleepover on campus, here are the top 5 locations to study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa:

Location #5: Campus Center

Campus Center is in the heart of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Students are able to use the study space at Campus Center. The second floor offers a computer lab, where students can use the computer and printer. There is also a bookstore where you can buy school supplies. Studying can work up an appetite, which is why Campus Center has a wide choice of dining options from the Campus Center Food Court, Stir Fresh, Subway, Ba-Le, Jamba Juice, and Starbucks. There is no denying how busy it will be during finals week. The University of Hawaii at Manoa has an app called “Tapingo”, which allows students to order their food and drinks in advance. Then students can focus on studying and not be distracted by an empty stomach.

Location #4: Sinclair Library

Sinclair Library is near University Avenue, and it is the front of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The library is open from 7AM until 2AM during finals week. If you like to study independently, they have cubical study desks to minimize distractions. If you prefer to have a group study session, there are large tables with large spaces to study. Sinclair is the only library at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with outdoor tables on the second floor. They allow  food and drinks inside the library! This is especially awesome since you do need to stay energized while you study for your finals.

Location #3: Banan

A snack break is necessary while you’re cramming for your exams. Banan is on Metcalf Street, right across from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Banan is a healthier alternative to ice cream because it is a non-dairy soft serve that is made of bananas. They have a large dining area to study indoors and outdoors. This place is perfect to grab a snack while studying for finals.

Location #2: Japanese Garden

Finals week can get stressful from studying for your classes, but sometimes you need to take a study break. The Japanese Garden is near the East-West Road, behind Jefferson Hall. This place is not typically a study place but you can go there for some air to refresh yourself. You’re able to see koi fishes swimming in the pond and a water stream rushing between the rocks. It is a beautiful sight to see and a quiet place to study at as well. Listening to nature is very soothing and can be a stress reliever.

Location #1: Hamilton Library

Hamilton Library is the most popular place to study. This is the largest library at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and it is on Maile Way. The library will be open from 7AM until 2AM during finals week. It is air-conditioned, and henceforth – a friendly tip: bring a jacket because it gets very cold. Students can use the computer lab and printer service. The librarians are more than happy to help you to find what you’re looking for. Students are not allowed to dine inside the library, but just located outside of Hamilton Library is Paradise Palms Cafe. They serve Chinese, Greek, American, Local-Hawaiian style and more.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is a very large campus that accommodates to over eighteen thousand students. Students procrastinate due to stress but hopefully, these locations will allow you to prepare yourself for finals week. Good luck!


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Julie Sakai


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