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Secret Study Spots: Houston Hall – Reading Room

Houston Hall

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Location:
  • 3417 Spruce Street
Building Hours:
  • Monday – Friday- 6:30 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday – Sunday- 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Houston Hall may not be a secret spot on campus, but it can sometimes be overlooked as a convenient study spot. It’s centrally located, and it has food and snack options in the basement (always good to have close-by when you need a study break!). As the first college union building in the country, Houston Hall has a grand feel about it, taking you back to some of your favorite scenes from Harry Potter.

Today, we are going to review the HH106 Reading Room on the first floor, just off the lobby, but there are plenty of other spots to study in Houston Hall. Let us know if you have a favorite!

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         The HH Reading Room is comfortable and spacious. It’s a perfect spot for you to do some reading or homework during your shorter 1-2 hour breaks on campus in between classes. If you are trying to do some reading, I would recommend bringing headphones to help you focus. While it is not noisy, people are passing through.

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Our Review:
Noise level:
  • Moderate
Perks:
  • The big chairs are comfortable so that you can relax while you are reading and studying, but not too comfortable so that you fall asleep.
  • There are tables for group work.
  • The high ceilings, woodwork, and fireplaces really give you that grand, Ivy League feel, which can perhaps be an inspiring environment for you to work in.
  • There are a lot of food options downstairs for when you need a break!
  • It’s conveniently located in the center off campus, just off Spruce Street.
  • The building opens early and stays open late!

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  • Be sure to check out different spots on campus to find what works best for you.
  • Remember, different study spots may be better for different subject areas and disciplines.
Let us know if you have any suggestions for where to study on campus!

Staff Writer: Kelcey Grogan, Learning Fellow & Instructor

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