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It took me three years at Hopkins to find my favorite study spot. As bright, natural light fills the room and a small buzz of noise is heard in the background through my headphones playing light coffee table jazz, I feel productive with a certain amount of human activity surrounding me.

I learned that this type of environment was not everyone’s favorite. One of my friend’s prefers pin-drop silence, whether that be on D-level of MSE Library or the Reading Room in Brody Learning Commons (Brody). Another friend claims she works best late at night, booking a room in Brody to start her “grind.”

Everyone has different study habits that are important to note for the sake of productivity and comfortability. As I describe some of the most popular places on-campus that people like to work, I hope you are able to find your own study spot at Hopkins, one that does not immediately elicit thoughts of dreaded schoolwork, but emotions of academic perseverance and motivation.

Brody Learning Commons

  • Lots of natural lighting
  • Chairs and tables with wheels to create a collaborative work environment
  • Decent amount of due to students’ discussions and people walking through
  • Brody Café on the top level (Q level) for great teas, coffees, and drinks
  • Open 24 hours/7 days a week

Reading Room

  • One of the most popular study spots on-campus
  • Perfect for people who need absolute silence to study
  • Beautiful natural lighting with a productive ambience
  • Open 24 hours/7 days a week

MSE Library

  • Comprised of 6 levels: Q, M, A, B, C, D (in descending order)
  • Cubicles and tables are located mostly on M, A, B, C, and D
  • The lower you go in MSE, the quieter the study environment becomes (e.g. D level is the most quiet)
  • Couches and rocking chairs if you need a study break!
  • Open until 3am

The Hutzler Reading Room (“The Hut”) in Gilman

  • Beautiful stained glass windows create a warm natural light environment
  • Quiet work environment with little discussion
  • Comfy sofa chairs by the windows (perfect reading spot!)
  • One of the prettiest study places on-campus
  • Open until midnight

Mudd Atrium

  • Tables for 2-4 people
  • Nearby another café for quick access to drinks
  • Lots of natural lighting during the daytime
  • Many rocking chairs and sofas for relaxation and studying
  • Open until midnight

No matter what study environment you need, our campus has so many different nooks and crannies that you can find the perfect place for you!