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‘Tis the Season to Hit the Books

Our Favorite Study Spots Around New Haven and Yale

December has arrived in all its chilly glory! The gentle scent of the holidays wafts in the cool winter breeze…but along with it comes a whiff of something a little less carefree—finals are just around the corner! Time to hunker down and get serious about studying.

This is easier said than done, of course, with the freedom of winter break just around the corner. But a nice, quiet place to study certainly helps, and switching up your physical location from time to time can actually help you focus. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite study spots around town and campus.

(This article dives into the where, but for tips on how to study more efficiently, check out our article “Study Smart, Stress Less: 15 Study Tips to Help You Ace Your Finals.”)

On Campus

  • Betsey Cushing Whitney Group Study Center
    This is a great place on the Yale campus if you need to meet up to discuss a group project or want to gather with a handful of people from class to study for a test. You can reserve a room for up to 4 hours at a time, up to 8 weeks in advance, and they make it super easy to do online. All you need is a or email address and at least one study partner, and you’re good to go!
  • Bass Library Group Study Rooms
    Another great option for group study sessions, these study rooms have comfy seating, LCD screens to project your work on, and WiFi. Each room can accommodate 2-6 students and can be booked for a maximum of 2 hours per day. They tend to fill up around Reading Period, so don’t forget to reserve your spot ahead of time!
  • Not into the whole group study thing? That’s okay, campus is full of quiet(ish), out of the way places where you can cram for finals in solitary peace. The Boola has a great list of these study spots. We’d maybe avoid the outdoor options until spring, though….

Off Campus

  • The Coffee Pedaler
    This artisan coffee shop is a big hit with New Haven locals and Yale students, alike. With plenty of seating and a cool ambiance, this is a great place to get work done.
  • Jojo’s Coffee & Tea
    Jojo’s coffee is pretty great, but if you’re a tea lover, this is the place for you—dozens of varieties to choose from, served with a classy teapot and cups. The prices are just right, and the atmosphere is calm, quiet, and cozy. Just right for a study sesh.
  • Blue State Coffee
    With three New Haven locations, each of which provide reliable WiFi, spacious seating, and flavorful, ethically sourced coffee, Blue State is another solid study spot. And this New England chain is dedicated to giving back to the community through every cup sold, so you can feel good about where your money is going. If you buy a cuppa joe at their New Haven locations, you’ll be supporting The Animal Haven, Elm Shakespeare Company, and Best Buddies Connecticut, to name just a few!

These are just a few of the many great study locations around New Haven and the Yale campus. Dare we suggest they could even help make studying a pleasant experience? What have we missed—where are your favorite places to hit the books?

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