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It can be hard to find a good study space to get your work done. There’s nothing more annoying than trying to finish your midterm paper in your room while your noisy neighbors are blasting music past quiet hours. No need to worry about having trouble focusing with these six locations in your back pocket!

1. The UGL

The Undergraduate Library is where things. Get. Done. There are three floors, each of them being very different spaces depending on your preference. The first level that’s down the first set of stairs (yes, the UGL is underground) is a great place for group work or studying near friends. It’s not a quiet zone, which allows for chit chat. The second level is perfect for people that need absolute silence. There’s no talking allowed. Seriously, you could hear a pin drop. Needless to say, you will definitely be able to focus on the second level.

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2. The IKE

The Ikenberry Commons is great for students that live in the Six Pack. If your dorm is too disturbing, take a quick walk to the IKE and work there! There’s the library and the SDRP rooms for when you want some quiet, but there’s also tables on the main floor and on the second floor near the Caffeinator with a little more hustle and bustle going on around you.

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3. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Krannert is a very underrated location to work, but there’s usually not many people, if any, in the lobby during the weekday. No need to scour the room for an empty table! Instead, head on over to Krannert! It’s quiet and overall a nice environment to be in. There are even places to grab a bite and get some coffee in Krannert, so you can eat while you work!

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4. The Main Library

The main library is quite beautiful. There are multiple rooms and places to study, usually filled with people who are just as busy as you. It’s got a grander atmosphere with its large rooms which is a nice touch. Overall, it’s quiet and you won’t have trouble focusing here.

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5. The Illini Union

Probably one of the more noisier locations, the Union is a popular location to work. You’ll always see students (who are lucky enough to grab a table) near the Starbucks on the first floor, typing vigorously with their coffee beverages at their side. It’s a different environment than the other places mentioned, but you’re guaranteed to feel motivated to work when you’re surrounded by others who are working too.

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6. Grainger

Grainger is the Engineering Library on campus. But don’t let this deter you if you’re not an engineer! All are welcome. Grainger has lots of computers for students to use and lots of room too. It’s a large building so, like the Main Library, the atmosphere is grandiose and nice to be in.

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Whether you need to finish your homework or cram for final exams, these locations are where you need to be. From quiet to moderately hectic, depending on your preferences, one of these places is bound to be the perfect fit to cater to your work habits. Happy studying!


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Sarah Chang

"Here's to the crazy ones...because those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."


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