Best Study Spots off Campus

As we all know, studying is integral to the college experience. But as much as it is necessary, burnout is very real and can be devastating to our motivation. A helpful way to fight studying fatigue is by switching up your study spot. Here are some alternative study spaces beyond the walls of our dorm or Snell Library.

Boston Public Library

Just down the green line on Copley Square stands Boston Public Library. Sign up for a FREE Boston Public Library card and reserve a study space for the afternoon. Rooms are available for individual or collaborative work, so you have the freedom to stay focused by yourself or study with a friend.

Coffee Shops

Scattered all around campus and the Boston area are hundreds of different coffee shops and cafes. Grab a coffee and study for your next exam in a lively and aromatic environment. Just be sure to check ahead of time if your cafe of choice has WiFi access if you will be logging onto any devices during your stay.


A huge perk of being a Northeastern student is the access to discounts and freebies around the city. The Museum of Fine Arts is no exception; Northeastern students get free entry into the museum with their student ID. Thursday–Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM grab your books and visit the Taste cafe located in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level 1.

Reserve a space on campus!

Northeastern has acquired a number of study spaces and desks around the Boston campus that are available for students to reserve. Visit to browse locations, check availability, and reserve a space for yourself or a group to work.

Boston Commons

It might be hard on a beautiful sunny day to stay motivated to study while inside. Instead, bring a blanket and your books to the Boston Commons to enjoy some sunshine while catching up on your class’s readings. All you have to do is hop on the green line to Boylston or Park Street!

Next time you find yourself sitting in the same desk chair or staring at the Snell walls a little too long, try one of these study spots for a change of pace–and maybe a little extra encouragement too.