Where to Study and Find Materials

Study Spaces

Looking for a place on campus to study? Here is a quick list of the top seven places.

Resident Hall Study Centers and Lounges

Each residence hall has a common area study lounge open all day and all night during the academic year, so residents can be supremely comfortable and seriously studious at the same time. Just a few steps away from your bed are tables, chairs and couches, outlets and even whiteboards for your use—bring your own midnight snacks. If a computer, printer or scanner is what you need, you can find those in the residence hall’s Computer Center, also open all the time, every day.

Student Community Center

The Student Community Center (SCC) offers extended study opportunities in the study lounge and first-floor lobby. The building’s lobby is open until 2 a.m., and a green light by a meeting room door indicates that the room is available, making it easy for you and your study friends to work together. The SCC also has a Scantron or blue book vending machine on site. You can also often find spaces in the various centers located in the building: AB540 and Undocumented Student CenterLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource CenterCross Cultural CenterStudent Recruitment and Retention Center; and Women’s Resources and Research Center.

Activities and Recreation Center

The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) lounge offers a relaxed environment for students to study and flex their academic muscles. With its tables and couches, and snacks at the Pro Shop and Peet’s, the ARC is fully equipped to strengthen your body and brain.

Peter J. Shields Library

Close the book on conventional libraries—the Peter J. Shields Library is a hub at the center of campus and a treasure trove of unique study nooks. From the airy main reading room to the quiet outdoor courtyard, group study rooms that can be reserved, tried-and-true individual carrels and countless wide windowsills on which to perch with your laptop or books, our library can suit your many study styles. Voted the best place to study by students in 2016, the library is only getting better: Therapy Fluffies and now the Coffee House visit around finals, and a bold re-visioning plan will bring new furniture and new technology in the near future. The library also features a 24-hour study room with wireless access.

Study Lounges @ Memorial Union

Several study lounges in the Memorial Union are open to students during regular business hours, offering newly renovated places to study in between classes. You can also study and grab some brain fuel at the nearby CoHo or stop by one of the student centers located inside: Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success, Student Disability Drop-in Center and Veterans Success Center.

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Gardens

Let your thoughts expand from a grassy seat on the bank by Spafford Lake in the UC Davis Arboretum. It’s just one of the 17 different gardens and collections in the “living museum” along Putah Creek that offers students a quiet and peaceful place to study.