Studying: it’s one of the most important things you’ll be doing at USC. It’s important to develop good study habits early, and that can be made easier if you find the right study spot. Everybody’s different – some people may prefer libraries, coffee shops, outdoor areas, or even just their desk in their bedroom. Whatever your personal preference, here are a few of the most popular places to study on campus:
Doheny Library is one of the most popular places to study for students across campus. It probably has the most classic “library” feel to it – impressive red brick architecture, ornate and historic decorations, and, of course, books as far as the eye can see. Some people even say that studying in one of Doheny’s large study halls (pictured) feels like studying in Hogwarts or some equally impressive castle. Doheny is only open during the day, but it’s great for providing a quiet, relaxed place to study if you have some free time between classes or on weekends.
If you prefer to enjoy some nice weather while you study, try the Engineering Quad, or E-Quad for short. There are several tables with umbrellas, comfortable chairs, and a nice fountain to relax you while your work. You’ll find many fellow engineers out here having lunch, catching up with friends, or working between classes. It’s in a very convenient location, too – right in the middle of the Engineering corner of campus!
Tutor Campus Center is at the heart of campus – right across the way from Doheny. It’s next to the Student Union building, which is where lots of student resources are located. The Campus Center is a great place to meet up with friends to study in the cozy “family room”, pictured above. Don’t forget to grab some fuel at the main food court downstairs!
Leavey Library is USC’s 24-hour library. It’s located on McCarthy Quad, right in the middle of many of the freshman dorms. Leavey is a great place to study because it really was designed with students in mind – there are lots of individual study areas (with plenty of places to plug in of course) as well as rooms that can be reserved for study or project groups. And yes, it really is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you’re a night owl, Leavey is the library for you.