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5 Great On-Campus Study Spots

On-Campus Study Spots

With classes in full swing, studying becomes students’ number one priority. If you're looking for a place to stop and study between classes, an escape from your roommate(s) or even just a change of scenery, you’ve come to the right place. So, bring your books, pack your planners and check out these on-campus study spots!

The Union Basement

Home to some of SDSU’s student run organizations, like the Collegian and BluePrint, the basement of the Union is a hidden gem. With a trip down the stairs, you can escape the busy atmosphere of the main floor and enter a relaxed setting with a variety of seating options. The Union’s basement is the perfect place to grab some grub, put in your headphones and get to work!  

The Dairy Bar

Are you the type that likes to relax and chill out while you study? What better way to do that than with a milkshake at the Dairy Bar! With lots of natural light, the Dairy Bar’s environment is pleasantly welcoming and provides a bit of background noise. You can grab a seat at the counters along the windows if you like a little more commotion or plop down in a booth for a little more privacy. While you’re there, you take a peek at their menu! The Dairy Bar serves a variety of snacks, soups in the winter, and, best of all, coffee! Not to mention, you can take an inside look at ice cream production while you study and snack!

Harding Hall

Harding Hall has it all! The lobby offers several lounge and study spots to unwind before or after classes, while the second floor has a large space with tables and benches for you to make yourself at home. Harding Hall’s basement is a student favorite as well, with a large white board, plenty of table space and a vending machine for snacks. The Ness School’s e-trading lab can also be found in the basement, however, you can keep track of the stocks while you study on any floor of Harding Hall by glancing at one of the tickers that runs that day’s stock prices! With plenty of spots to choose from and unique touches of economics, you can’t beat Harding Hall!

Hilton M. Briggs Library

If you prefer quiet and calm settings, the Briggs library could be your new favorite place! There are multiple seating arrangements available here: desks with dividers for privacy, large tables to spread out your study materials and comfy couches to relax while you work are just a few options to choose from. Study rooms are also available to reserve (for free!) online and are perfect for group study sessions or extra privacy. With the variety of collaborative and individual work spaces, you're bound to find a spot that suits your needs. 


Coffee shops are a go-to study spot for thousands of college students; if you’re one of those students, Starbucks may be the place for you! Here, you can enjoy a cozy atmosphere with the delicious scents of coffee brewing while you study inside or take a seat outside and bask in the sun. Don’t forget to grab your own cup of joe while you’re there!