A guide to study spaces on and around campus

Use this guide to discover new study spots on campus and in the surrounding Dayton area. Photo of Jessie S. Hathcock Hall courtesy Bartsche.

Maddy Bartsche  

Staff Writer

As the school year draws to a close and finals approach, most students have one thing on their mindstudying. This year in particular with students more confined to their residential spaces, we are all dying to get out of the house. While studying may not be the most thrilling activity, discovering a new study spot can add a little fun to the experience. 

As someone who spends a ridiculous amount of time studying for classes and the upcoming Law School Admission Exam, I am here to share some of my favorite spots with you.

On Campus:

The Hammock

College courses often require an extensive amount of reading and recently with temperatures mirroring that of summer, and the hammock proves to be an enjoyable study spot. I personally am an avid hammocker. 

Some of my favorite hammocking spots on campus are Serenity Pines and Stuart Hill. In addition, if it’s a rainy day hammocks can be slung up under raised dorm bedssomething I did often my freshman year. 

Jessie S. Hathcock Hall 

The newly renovated computer science building attached to Kettering Labs serves as a phenomenal study location given the comfy furniture, white boards, TV monitors, and exceptional amount of outlets available. Notably, the building is named in honor of Jessie Hathcock ‘30, the first African American woman to graduate from the university, a noted educator and humanitarian in the Dayton community. 

The building has various study tables, booths, and nooks on the first floor and even more spaces in the basement. It serves as a great location for group project work or independent studying.

Photo of Jessie S. Hathcock Hall

Off Campus:

Wholly Grounds

Located at 825 Wayne Ave.,Wholly Grounds is an excellent coffee shop and tea room. This cute little coffee shop, with comfy couches and variety of international teas and coffees, has quickly become one of my favorite study locations. They also have tasty baked goods including vegan and gluten free options. 

Overall, Wholly Grounds is a good choice for those who thrive in a calm and cherry environment and are looking to complete group work. Their hours range depending on the day, so check out their website before going.

Tastefully Roasted Coffee

If you don’t have access to transportation but enjoy the coffee shop study experience, Tastefully Roasted is a great spot. Located at 6 Oakwood Ave., Tastefully Roasted is only a short walk from campus. It is open Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to  9:00 p.m.,  Saturday  7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to  9:00 p.m. 

The coffee shop is characterized by a cozy atmosphere, tasty drinks, and friendly service. In particular, I would recommend trying their lemonade with added flavors such as lavender, blackberry, or rose.

Dayton Metro Library 

Located at 215 E. 3rd St., the library is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Dayton Metro Library is a good study spot for those who enjoy the quiet. 

The library is well lit with floor-to-ceiling windows and offers free public computers with internet access. Fair warning, a visit to the library may include metered street parking, so bring your quarters!

It is my hope that this guide has provided you with some unique, new study ideas to mix up your scenery. I wish you the best of luck in all your studies and upcoming exams. We are so close to the finish line!

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