Great spaces, great aces

A list of places to study for finals off and on campus

Finals week is just around the corner and studying in your own home or dorm room can lead to being easily distracted. While this can work for some people, putting yourself in a different environment can really help get those study juices flowing.

Fortunately, there are a variety of spaces off and on campus to fit the needs of anyone.

On campus

The library is a tried and true place to study with reliable wifi, plenty of seating and even private study rooms. Not only is the library open 24/7 during finals week starting Dec. 8, but they also host a variety of events to de-stress.

Today, Dec. 9, Therapy Pets of the Red River Valley will be present from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Weber Reading Room.

During the library’s extended hours, you will need your student ID to get in during non-regular hours and Campus Escort Service will be available for students’ safety.

You can also be on the lookout for a LEGO station, coloring, board games, the Candy Fairy and free food donations.

If the library is too busy for you, the Union is another option as well as the A. Glen Hill Center.

As a former psychology student, I found some hidden gems in Minard Hall. While there are busier areas such as the coffee shop, there are also quieter sitting areas located within the departments. If your college is located in Minard, I recommend the sitting areas by the windows within each department.

Off campus

If you need to escape campus to study, there are a plethora of coffee shops to work in downtown Fargo.

Last spring, I ranked some of the coffee shops located downtown. To get my complete rundown, [online only: check out this article.] check out my article at

My personal favorite is Young Blood Coffee located in Roberts Commons. Young Blood Coffee brings all the good vibes with their friendly staff and music played from a record player. In my opinion, they have the best coffee in Fargo.

Not only that, but they have huge windows which allow for lots of natural light and a large table for all of your books and notebooks. You can even park in the Roberts Commons Garage for free starting at 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends without having to walk very far in the freezing weather.

If you’re looking for a beverage other than coffee and you’re of age, Wild Terra is a cozy space to have a drink and do some studying. Wild Terra offers a happy hour Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. and Friday from 2-6 p.m.

If coffee and cider aren’t your thing, Teaberry offers smoothies and boba tea. Not only that, but they’re one of the few places downtown that allows those under 21 years of age to hang out late at night.

Happy studying!

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