Finals are among us. It's the time when students pull out the espresso coffee, energy drinks, textbooks and their comfiest attire. But while students are all ready to get their study on, it's often difficult to find the quietest or emptiest place to study. The Central Florida Future has compiled some of the most convenient places to study both on and off campus and how to make the most of each location.
While this may be the most popular spot on campus for students to study, it is also the busiest. If you're looking to find an empty and quiet spot right away, you may be in for a reality check. The best way to avoid the hunt for a spot is to visit the UCF Library website and reserve a study room ahead of time to ensure a study area.
If you're one of those students who like to hear nothing but a pin drop, the second floor is not the best area for that peace and quiet. The higher the floor, the more silent it gets. While it's not the most popular option, studying on the first floor — otherwise known as the basement of the library — can be very quiet. Although, you might find it to be surprisingly cold, so a comfy jacket or sweater is strongly recommended. While there are computers around the library, bring a laptop or tablet with you just in case and make sure your devices are fully charged, as finding an unoccupied outlet is like winning the lottery. Students can also rent a laptop or iPad — for a restricted time period — on the third floor with a valid student ID.
UCF Library Finals Week schedule:
Dec. 1: 7:30 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Dec. 2-4: 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Dec. 5: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Dec. 6: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Dec. 7: 12 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Dec. 8: 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.
Dec. 9: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
UCF Student Union: Every semester, the Student Union teams up with SARC, SGA and the UCF Foundation to stay open 24 hours during finals week for 10 days to provide students with a space to prepare for exams. The first floor is more for students wanting to converse and grab something to eat, so don't count on it being a nice, quiet escape. However, for those who need to print, the first floor also houses the SGA Express Print Lab. With a valid student ID, students can swipe in and usually wait anywhere from five to 15 minutes for an available computer to print.
The second floor provides the SGA Computer Lab for students looking to take their time working. For hours and more information on the printing stations, check out the website here. There are tables scattered throughout the floor, but don't go in looking for an empty table right away — especially the comfy patterned booths that already have convenient outlets and phone chargers. Get there as early as you can to secure a useful spot.
For the most spacious place to study in the Student Union, make your way up to the third floor. There are tables already equipped with outlets and a closed study room with booths and tables for students.
All Knight Study: Get comfy and bring plenty of snacks. All Knight Study, located in both Ferrell Commons and Knight's Plaza, provides students with convenient and comfortable spaces to study 24 hours. Free printing, Scantrons, study rooms and computers are all provided to make studying a little more successful.
Alafaya Branch Library: There's nothing like the traditional public library to get the job done. Just minutes away from campus, near the intersection of Alafaya Trail and Colonial Drive, the Alafaya Branch Library is equipped with computers, a printer and plenty of tables and outlets. A valid library card is needed and just takes a few minutes to sign up and receive a free card. However, you must be able to show your proof of residency in Orange County to receive a library card so bring your license or a piece of mail with your address.
Vespr Craft Coffee & Allures: Located in the Waterford Lakes Town Center, Vespr is a coffee house that serves single origin coffees and organic, fair-trade teas. This unique coffee house offers a perfect atmosphere for students. With tables and sofas, students can find comfort while they study and sip. The lights and music change depending on the time of day, though, so be prepared for two completely different vibes. During the evening and night hours, the lights begin to dim and the music lowers and changes to more of a calming tone. Wi-Fi is free, but requires a password that can be provided by one of the baristas. Vespr is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Boston Coffeehouse: Enjoy a little touch of Colonial Boston with this distinctive coffee house. Located on Waterford Lakes Parkway, near Firkin & Keglar, Boston Coffeehouse is known for its espresso and creative coffee selections. With spacious tables, the coffee house also offers outside seating with umbrellas for students looking to enjoy the weather while studying. Free Wi-Fi is provided, but make sure any devices you bring are fully charged because outlets are limited. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Exam times will differ from normal class times so make sure you are prepared and on time. To find out your exam times, visit the official UCF Final Exam Schedule.