The most unique study spots on campus

April 11, 2012 •


We all have our favorite study spots. Some enjoy the comfort of their own rooms for serious studying, while others find the serenity of Norlin Library valuable when getting work done.  

On a campus as large as CU’s, there are bound to be spots as interesting and unique as the students they serve. Places where the environment can be so interesting and charming that you might find yourself paying more attention to your surroundings than your studies.

Maybe you’re in the mood for exploring the campus. Maybe you’re looking for a special place to give you that tiny bit of inspiration. Maybe you just want some place different to learn and study. Whatever your reasons, here are some of the most unique study spots on campus. Warning: successful studying not guaranteed.

Wesley Brittin reading room at Duane Tower

Inside Duane Tower is the Wesley Brittin reading room, dedicated to Wesley Emil Brittin, who served as Chair of the Department of Physics from 1958 to 1974. Finding this room requires a short trip inside a little blue elevator.

Eleven stories later, you’re inside a study room with arguably the most magnificent view of campus and Boulder. “This is phenomenal,” a student said as he entered the room.

He wasn’t kidding. It’s a breathtaking view of not only campus but the iconic Flatirons. Like any proper study room, tall wooden bookshelves line its walls. Attached on the same wall is a beautiful but motionless grandfather clock. A large conference room table serves as the room’s centerpiece, which is next to a white board and a large projection sheet for presentations.

Comfortable desk chairs are scattered throughout the room, and there are a few lamps. This is a very special room and once you’re inside, you’ll have another reason to be proud you attend CU.

President’s room at Old Main

There’s something instantly charming about entering a room full of antique furniture, aged portraits and other antiquated artifacts. It’s like a portal into another era, another time. This is what you’ll feel visiting the Presidents Room at the CU Heritage Center, which will introduce you to an intimate glimpse of CU’s rich history.

Featuring portraits of all past and present CU presidents, the room is lavishly decorated with former university seals, an elegant ceremonial scepter and a regal grandfather clock. There’s only one table, a long conference table that seats 18, with additional chairs.

Tall windows along the outer wall allow you to peer out on the campus from the third floor of CU’s oldest building. While studying, perhaps you can ponder how fascinating it is to sit inside a building that’s older than the state where it resides.

Bio Lounge at the CU Museum of Natural History

Wonders to behold and curiosities to explore are the foundation of any museum. The CU Museum of Natural History exemplifies these traits with astonishing style, as its exhibits combine windows of the past with visions of the future.    

Picture yourself in such an environment and you have the Bio Lounge, one of the most unique areas of learning in academia. Studying next to exhibits is even more inspiring when you consider that as a student, you actually become an exhibit of sorts as members of the Boulder community watch you study as they visit the museum.

Adorned with antique furnishings and complete with a bottle filled with rattlesnakes and other taxidermy creatures, learning here is so natural it’s almost magical. Bio Lounge is a comfortable environment, but even more important, it’s an inspiring one. 

—Esteban L. Hernandez