By Lexie Pitzen | Photo: Serenity Coffee & Kava
Walking into Florida State University’s Strozier Library, to the right, the line of people waiting to get their Starbucks order stretches to the door. To the left, unlucky students fall victim to the turnstiles’ hit-or-miss card scanners, eventually passing through only to discover that every seat in the library is taken. Still, students flock to Strozier by default—even upperclassmen are unaware of some of FSU’s calmer and less crowded study spots. Find out where these study spots are below.
Dodd Hall — Formerly the FSU Library, Dodd Hall houses the Heritage Museum in its majestic Werkmeister Reading Room. The space is a tranquil setting that is perfect for working on an essay or assigned reading. Dodd is open for use Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
William Johnston Building — Most students know the William Johnston Building for its classroom space, but the building also contains rotating art exhibits, studying and tutoring services, and lesser-known study spaces. Facing an art gallery, one space is made up of bar-style and table seating with study snacks available in vending machines. The building’s study spaces are convenient for cramming homework time between classes.
Williams Courtyard – English majors at FSU know the Williams Building well, but many who have never taken a class in the building are unaware of the courtyard in the center. An incredibly calm space, the courtyard is furnished with picnic tables and umbrellas—ideal for studying under the Florida sun—surrounded by palm trees. Conducive to deep focus, the courtyard is one of the most secluded places on campus.
Calvin’s Coffee House – Many of Tallahassee’s coffee shops are located within walking distance of the FSU campus. Near the College of Music, Calvin’s Coffee House serves Lucky Goat Coffee and welcomes students to its intimate, art-covered study space. Bonus: Calvin’s serves free food and coffee throughout finals week.
Serenity Coffee and Kava Bar – Serenity is one of Railroad Square’s newer additions. Located on Railroad Avenue, Serenity occupies a minimalist venue with plants, couches, and plenty of tables for studying.