The due date for your final class project is rapidly approaching and you just cant seem to focus on working on it at your apartment. Although you might be living off campus at MIT, that doesn't mean you cant take advantage of the university's many on-campus study spots. From places where silence is absolutely golden to spots that let you pull an all-nighter, you'll find a place to get your work done, in peace.
When You Need Absolute Quiet
Going to a coffee shop or setting up for a major study session in the student center often seems like a good idea. But there are also times when you need complete silence to really focus on your work, and the distractions that are found in coffee shops just wont do. The Barker Engineering Library has been described as the quietest place on MIT's campus, and is perfect for those times when you need to really hone in on your work. Individual study spots are located under the dome on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors. There are also comfortable seats on the fifth and eighth floors, which are great for curling up with a reading assignment.
Best for Group Work
The best thing to do when you need to work with a group of people on a project is to book at study room in one of MIT's libraries. A study room gives you space to focus without the distractions you might encounter elsewhere. Plus, when you work in a separate room, you don't have to worry about your groups discussion distracting others who are working on their own projects. Although most of the campus libraries have group work rooms, your best bet might be to check out Dewey Library, as its rooms tend to be available more often. Dewey has 12 group study rooms which can fit between 6 and 12 people.
When You Need Some Caffeine and a Snack
When you're thinking hard, your brain needs energy. And the best way to get that energy is by having a snack to fuel your brain. Simons Coffee Shop, located near campus, is an ideal spot for studying while you enjoy a bite to eat and some coffee. The cafe doesn't have free WiFi, which can either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you're working on. If you need to hunker down and work without the distractions of the Internet, Simons can be ideal.
If you do need to get online, Darwins Ltd. is worth checking out. Open until 9pm seven days a week, the cafe has sandwiches, coffee drinks, and tea. It is a popular place, so get there early if you want to grab a spot.
When finals or the due date of a big paper are approaching, sometimes you need to step up your studying game. Fortunately, MIT has a number of study spots that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hayden, Dewey, and Barker Libraries all have special 24/7 study locations. To get in after regular library hours, you'll need to use your MIT identification card and a special 24/7 door.