Ann Arbor’s Best Study Spots: Where to Study at the University of Michigan

 

Get out of your study rut with these study spots recommended by University of Michigan grads! Go somewhere new on campus or venture off campus for a fresh perspective.

 
 
 
 

LESSER-KNOWN SPOTS

 
 

Michigan Union - Reading Room

Go in the main entrance, walk up the stairs, and the reading room will be on your right. The lamp lighting over tables, plants, and cozy chairs by the fireplace is a refreshing change of pace from fluorescent lighting in the libraries. There’s also a no cell phone policy.

Location: First floor of the north side of the Michigan Union (Central Campus - 530 S State St)
Hours: Monday - Saturday 7am - 2am; Sunday 9am - 2am
Link for more info


Dana Building - SEAS Commons Computing Site

Most Michigan students think of the Angell Hall fishbowl when they want to head to a computing site, but its popularity can make it hard to get work done there. Looking for an alternative? Head to the second floor of the Dana Building and find a computer with ease. Tech hookup: black and white, color, poster, and tabloid printing available for students.

Location: 2315 Dana Natural Resources Building (Central Campus)
Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 7pm
Link for more info


Duderstadt Building - Mujo Cafe

Located in the atrium of “the Dude,” Mujo Cafe is typically quiet, has lots of space to spread out, and sometimes you can hear faint piano music from downstairs. Mujo offers soups, sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and beverages, and the cafe accepts Blue Bucks and Dining Dollars.

Not feeling the vibe of Mujo? There are several other places throughout the Dude where you can find a spot to your liking. The building itself is open 24/7, making it a great option for students who live on North Campus.

Location: Duderstadt Building (North Campus - 2281 Bonisteel Blvd)
Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 1am; Saturday 8am - 9pm; Sunday 12pm - 6pm
Link for more info

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WHEN YOU NEED ABSOLUTE SILENCE

 
 

Graduate Library - Stacks

The Graduate Library stacks have tiny, closet-like rooms that nearly force you to get in the zone. They’re quiet, private, allow you to spread out, and you can have snacks without anyone giving you the evil eye for wrapper noise. Overall, the Graduate Library is practically silent compared to the UGLI.

Feeling claustrophobic? There’s a large reading room on the second floor.

Location: Hatcher Graduate Library (Central Campus - 913 S University Ave)
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8am - 2am; Friday 8am - 7pm; Saturday 10am - 6pm; Sunday 1pm - 2am
Link for more info


Art Museum - The Commons

Quiet with a modern vibe, the Commons room is surrounded by windows, which means you’ll be basking in indirect sunlight as you study. The cafe-style chairs and tables are modern and comfortable. If you like people watching, it’s probably not the best choice for you since it’s on the first floor and next to one of the main thoroughfares of the Diag.

Location: Southwest of the Diag (Central Campus - 525 S State St)
Hours: Monday - Sunday 8am - 8pm (Note: Sometimes the space is reserved for private events)
Link for more info


Law Library - Reading Room

The silence of the Law Library Reading Room coupled with law students’ tireless page turning makes this a great option for pressing deadlines. The shame of slacking off when you’re surrounded by quiet and diligent students will ensure you keep daydreaming and phone checks to a minimum. Being in such a grand space will also make you feel smarter - even if it’s not actually true, it'll boost your productivity :D

Location: Law Quad (Central Campus - 801 Monroe St)
Hours: Monday - Sunday 8am - 2am (Note: Sometimes there are restricted hours for non-law students)
Link for more info

 
 

! RECOMMENDATION

If you're looking to get serious work done, don't go to the UGLI and be careful at the fishbowl! You'll run into everyone and your roommate. Constant interruptions will affect your productivity.

 
 

WHEN IT'S SNOWING

 
 

Dorm common areas and computing sites

They’re close to home, food, and your room if you’re prone to forgetting things, but you’ll be far enough away from your bed and other distractions.  


Study where you work

Come early or stay late to take advantage of being in an office environment. You’ll have access to just about everything you need: a computer, supplies, and privacy. This option probably works best for campus-based jobs, but other office environments may be open to it. If you’d like to study at work before or after your shift, check with your supervisor to make sure it’s okay. If so, make sure you’re both clear on when you plan to be there to study and to work - this way your team won’t ask you to complete work projects during your designated study time, and they won’t think you’re studying on the job when there’s a big project due.

 
 

WHEN YOU NEED A CHANGE OF SCENERY

 
 

Comet Coffee

Top notch coffee and espresso with baked goods! Seating is limited, about ⅓ of tables reserved for non-laptop use, and no power outlets, but the vibe makes up for it. Free wifi.

Location: 14 Nickels Arcade
Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 8pm; Saturday 8am - 8pm; Sunday 8:30am - 8pm
Link for more info


Literati Coffee

Located on the second floor of the Literati bookstore, the coffee is excellent. Baked goods available. A few power outlets here and there. Free wifi.

Location: 204 South 4th Ave
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8am - 9pm; Friday 8am - 10pm; Saturday 10am - 10pm;
Sunday 10am - 7pm
Link for more info

 View from Literati Coffee

View from Literati Coffee


Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom

With comfortable couches and natural light from large windows on the second floor, the environment at Crazy Wisdom makes studying feel like a special event. Free wifi.

Location: 114 S Main St
Hours: Monday - Thursday 11am - 9pm; Friday 11am - 11pm; Saturday 10am - 11pm; Sunday 12pm - 8pm
Link for more info


For more coffee shops around Ann Arbor, check out this comprehensive list.

 
 
 

Thanks to the following University of Michigan grads for sharing their favorite study spots around campus!: Michael Alexander Anzola, Melissa Burns-Price, Amanda Byrne Puplava, Dave Herr, Jessica Hartman, Paul Johnson, Molly Love, Leonora Lucaj, Benson Propst, Kelly Reinhardt, Christine Strawn

 

Where do you like to study at the University of Michigan?
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