Finals season is upon us. Many students will lock themselves away in dorm rooms and library cubicles, on blankets on the quad or the back booths of Alvin’s. But sometimes, to really get the full benefit of studying, you need to leave the campus and find your own space. Here are some of the best spots to plug in, tune out, and settle down for a few hours of solid studying in Oklahoma City.
1) Cuppies and Jo
727 NW 23rd St
Home of cupcakes and frozen hot chocolate, this cafe can cure your sweet tooth while you study. There is a quieter back room to really focus in, but the couches and arm chairs at the front of the store provide a particularly cozy place to study up.
2) Beverly’s Pancake House
3315 NW Expressway
A perennial favorite for OCU’s performing arts students, Bev’s provides everything you need for a late night of studying: pancakes, cosy booths, friendly wait staff, and no closing time (the restaurant is open 24 hours). Bring a group of friends and conduct a late-night study session. If you’re looking for quiet, this might not be the best option. But if you’re looking for somewhere to log hours with your friends and make some college memories, Bev’s is the place for you.
3) Full Circle Bookstore
1900 NW Expressway, located in 50 Penn Place
This warm, inviting bookstore is full of quiet little nooks and crannies, the perfect place to bring your study materials and hunker down. It has a cafe which sells coffee drinks, sandwiches, salads, and a sugar-rush in the form of gelato. The favorite place to study is the back of the store, where a group of chairs sit around a fireplace. Take special note of the free coffee provided. If you’re in the market for a book, this is also a great place to visit.
4) Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library
300 Park Avenue
This library is open and airy, and has multiple study areas to camp out in. The library is in a prime downtown location, and also provides a myriad of research materials that you might not be able to find at the Dulaney-Browne Library. The library provides a quite place, without the distractions of friends often found in the campus library (sad but true: the biggest impediments to getting homework done are social media, and idle chatter).
5) Lake Hefner Park
Located off Kilpatrick Turnpike and I-44
This calming lake front park offers myriad trails to hike, playgrounds to swing on, and picnic table or benches to spread out for an afternoon of sun and studying. The park offers a beautiful view of Lake Hefner, along with dozens of people-watching opportunities. Bring a blanket and some snacks and have a study picnic.
Where are your recommendations for the best study spots in OKC?