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Study Spots for the Outdoorsy #STL

The dudes from the MTV show “Jersey Shore” coined the term “GTL.” But given that it’s ninth week and finals are just around the corner, at UCLA we drop the gym and the laundry and substitute it with studying and learning. And that, my friends, is how #STL was born. (Yes, it’s a thing.)

This time of the year, the hill by Janss Steps and Kerckhoff patio get all of the love from those who like to avoid studying indoors. So for those of you who also prefer to enjoy the L.A. sunshine but would actually like to find a place to sit, here are nine outdoor study spots at UCLA where you can live up to the “study, tan, learn” motto. Ditch the library, leave your room and study in the great outdoors.

1. The Bombshelter 


This place is officially called the Court of Sciences Student Center, but let’s be real, no one calls it that. The Bombshelter is one of the most highly underrated areas on campus. Plenty of outdoor seating and unlimited access to food make it the ideal place to study. Grab your course readers, devour a Subway sandwich and soak up some knowledge in the sun.


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Reservable Study Rooms on Campus and the Hill

Brace yourselves, Bruins. As finals week nears, it seems as if it is getting harder and harder to find a seat in the library. As weird as it is, no one seems to want to leave. Enter Powell after midnight and you’re faced with a sea of tired eyes and the haven’t-showered-in-three-days stink.

We’ve already shared with you five quiet places to study on campus and other convenient places to cram. This time we made a handy list of reservable study rooms on campus and on the Hill. No more wandering aimlessly up and down the reading room disturbing everyone with your loud footsteps.

On Campus

  • Young Research Library has 20 individual study rooms and 15 pods (yes, you can book those too!) that you can book on the MyCLICC website. There is also a touch-screen computer where you can book study rooms at the CLICC counter in YRL if it’s a spur-of-the-moment thing.
  • Powell Library has six individual study rooms that are also bookable through MyCLICC.

CLICC study rooms and pods become available for booking 24 hours in advance, and you can book a space for a maximum of two hours. You will only be asked to move if someone has a reservation after you. But make sure you arrive on time to get your room or it may go to someone else who is waiting. Also, remember you can only book a space every 24 hours.

  • Science and Engineering Library/Engineering and Mathematical Science Collection (8270 Boelter Hall) has two rooms that you can reserve in person. So does the Science and Engineering Library/Geology-Geophysics Collection (located at 4697 Geology Building).

The Hill

  • There are several unreserved study lounges on each floor of Covel Commons and De Neve Commons. The lounges in Covel are available 24 hours a day. Room 227 is open from 6 a.m. to midnight.
  • You can reserve private study rooms (and music practice rooms) on the first floor of Sproul Hall, Rieber Hall and Hedrick Hall at the front desk. You’ll be asked for your Bruincard or other ID in return for having the private study room for two hours.
  • Rieber Hall has two group study rooms (Rooms 147 and 149) that can be reserved online here. These rooms come with a computer work station and monitor. Reservations for 2-hour time slots can be made 14 days in advance.
  • Rieber Hall and Hedrick Hall have unreserved Fireside Lounges that can be used for studying when there are no other activities being held there.

Still can’t find a spot? Most dorms have study lounges on each floor. Don’t live on the hill? Try here or here.

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