Weekly List: Ten best study spots on campus

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Looking for the best spots to study around campus this summer? We’ve narrowed it down to ten of the very best.

Benches around the AQ pond

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Surrounding the AQ pond are several sturdy benches that are perfect for both studying and impromptu naps between classes in the sunshine. Though students are almost always abuzz in this spot and cornerstone is all around, there is still an element of nature to be enjoyed as you stare into the reflection of the serene pond. See if you can spot the Koi fish who live there.

Quaintness: 4/5

Quietness: 2/5

Access to Caffeine: Nearby

Access to Outlets: None

The grassy knoll by the AQ pond

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Past the pond lies a three-tiered grassy hill. Situated up the stairs from Convo Mall and across the pond, it’s the perfect outdoor spot that doesn’t feel too much like you’re studying in the wilds of the forest.

Quaintness: 3/5

Quietness: 2/5

Access to Caffeine: Nearby

Access to Outlets: None

Down the stairs outside of room 9201

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One of SFU’s best hidden studying spots in nestled outside the door between lecture hall 9201 and the entrance to the Physics and Communications departments. Walking up and down four sets of stairs will lead you to a picture-perfect spot, tailor made for studying and known by a privileged few. Adorable wooden chairs and benches are in full supply, nestled between a circle of trees for maximum comfort.

Quaintness: 5/5

Quietness: 5/5

Access to Caffeine: None

Access to Outlets: None

The roof by the West Mall

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High above Convocation Mall are some of the most deserted study spaces to be found, overlooking the vast SFU campus. The roof doesn’t offer much in the way of amenities, but if you want to study in a secluded area high above the heads of your fellow students, this is a dream come true.

Quaintness: 1/5

Quietness: 4/5

Access to Caffeine: Nearby

Access to Outlets: None

Comfy couches by Renaissance Café

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Renaissance, SFU’s go-to coffee shop, is located in several spots on campus, but none comfier or more suited for studying than the café next to the Education Building in the heart of the AQ. This spot offers drinks, food, and couches — if you’re lucky enough to get a seat. With cute tables and comfortable seating arrangements, it makes a great place to pile your notes between classes alone or with a friend.

Quaintness: 2/5

Quietness: 0/5

Access to Caffeine: Yes

Access to Outlets: Limited

Starbucks

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One of the busiest places to study during the peak times of the day, Starbucks still has much to offer as a study spot for students. With a constant supply of strong coffee just a step away, late hours, lots of power outlets, and a variety of seating arrangements, it’s a great study zone for both studious single students and bigger groups.

Quaintness: 3/5

Quietness: 1/5

Access to Caffeine: Yes

Access to Outlets: Yes

West Mall quiet study zone

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If you’re looking for a silent area to study, try the third floor of West Mall. It offers a variety of studying spots, including large, couches, high chairs, and outdoor picnic tables with stellar views. There’s plenty of power outlets available, and with both Starbucks and Tim Hortons only a few steps away, it’s a perfect spot for a midday cram session.

Quaintness: 1/5

Quietness: 5/5

Access to Caffeine: Nearby

Access to Outlets: Yes

Out the doors beside 9200

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Nestled down the stairs outside the door right before lecture hall 9200 in the AQ is an adorable bench underneath a group of cherry blossom trees. Hidden away and relatively unknown, it’s the perfect spot to study and relax — providing you don’t need an outlet to do so.

Quaintness: 5/5

Quietness: 5/5

Access to Caffeine: None

Access to Outlets: None

Burnaby Mountain Park

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It’s a little out of the way, but if you’ve got the time to travel there, Burnaby Mountain Park can be a great study spot, especially on the picturesque days SFU enjoys every summer. Located down the trails from the residence bus stop, it’s also got a playground and beautiful grassy hills with views overlooking much of Burnaby and Vancouver.

Quaintness: 5/5

Quietness: 3/5

Access to Caffeine: None

Access to Outlets: None

Bennett Library

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If you’re looking for a more conventional place to study, the library is definitely the place to be. Most floors are completely silent, and there’s more study places than anywhere else on campus — though you might be advised to come early around exam time, as it’s usually packed to the brim. Accessible, full of study materials, and with a better Internet connection than most spots on campus, the library is the study spot of choice for most SFU undergrads.

Quaintness: 1/5

Quietness: 5/5

Access to Caffeine: Nearby

Access to Outlets: Yes

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