People, spaces, pins: evaluation of alternative study spaces on and around the campus

Everyone knows Baker-Berry and Sanborn, but where else can students go to when they are looking for a change of scenery?

by Meghan Pouvoirs | 11/3/21 2:05 am

Can’t focus on FFB? Novack too crowded to do homework? Don’t worry – Dartmouth is home to plenty of alternative study spaces, perfect for digging into the grindstone.

Still north

Starting off strong, Still North is a great bookstore just off Hanover Main Street with window stools and reasonable cafe prices. If you want to “study”, but really want to talk to your friend for two hours while debating whether to drop $ 26 on the new Sally Rooney, then Still North is the place for you! 10/10

The Stacks (but only the seats in front of the Berry window)

Stacks aren’t much of an “alternative” space, except most people see them as a worse alternative to anything else. If I’m ever in between classes with a few minutes of work to do, I like to hide on the first floor of the Stacks, where anyone who walks in Berry can see me. This is great if you want to feel not only observed, but also judged! The Stacks are as if the doctor’s office is also a dystopian library. 5/10

This bench outside Silsby *

There’s a single bench just outside Silsby and surely someone put it there for some reason? Next time you’re looking for a new place to hang out, grab a croissant and a cigarette holder and recreate breakfast at Tiffany’s across from Silsby just as the 2 come out! Except instead of window shopping, you’ll be looking at people who will one day make a lot more money than you. -7/10

Swing outside Novack

NS ! The swing / sculpture just outside Novack truly embodies Dartmouth’s student body: trying to do more than one thing ends up not doing well! This swing is perfect when it’s not 30 degrees outside, snowing or raining. On both days of the fall term you can sit there, it’s a great place to pull out your notebook and let the gentle sway distract you from the inevitability of the abyss. 8/10

Porch Collis

Collis Porch is one of the best study spaces on campus, based on purely empirical data such as: 1. Proximity to the cafe, 2. The ability to be outdoors while having a roof over it, and 3. The potential for observing people and dogs. 9/10

Collis One Wheelock

One Wheelock (Dartmouth’s Central Perk Viewpoint) is an underrated location on the lower level of Collis. It has a small stage where Collis sometimes hosts singers and performances, as well as plenty of comfortable tables and chairs for studying. One Wheelcok will put you in the perfect free space to write an essay, finish a problem, or give it all up to pursue your dream as a stand-up comedian. It’s NOT a phase, mom. 8/10

The green

The Green is arguably the most scenic spot on our notoriously scenic campus and each bench is dedicated to a Dartmouth alumnus or faculty member. No matter which one you choose as your place of study, you will remember how disappointing you all are. 10/10

A cave. Any basement.

The best way to study is to cut yourself off from natural light and find the grayest, most overwhelming place possible – think room 1902, but without windows. During my two years in Dartmouth, the best basement I have ever found was in my first year dorm, Bissell. I will never forget this basement for being the source of some of my most unbalanced Snapchats and some of my deepest existential crises. 666/10


Foco is easily one of the best places to study, as it provides access to all the sugary cereals an active brain could desire. If you’re looking to work a weekday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., you’ll be amazed at how productive you can be during Foco’s quieter hours. The upstairs also tends to be quieter and feels like you’re sitting in a panera bread. 9.5 / 10

Empty classrooms

It somehow seems illegal to work in empty classrooms, but if you are able to define one, especially on weekends, you can write your to-do list on a whiteboard with a marker pen. Expo subsidized by the university. You’re still not going to do it all, don’t be silly, but this is a great chance to see if you remember your 3rd grade cursive. 7/10

Top of hops

The top of the Hopkins Center is where you should go if your only personality trait is that you can play drumsticks on the piano and you want everyone downstairs to know that. It’s also a fun place to study because the lighting makes you feel like you’re inside a lava lamp. I once had a selfie with Cory Booker there. 8.5 / 0

The Alumni Gym, as he lines up for a COVID-19 test

So you got another one of those emails reminding you to get tested and now you’re going to be standing in line for an hour, wasting precious study time. Not so fast! If you can access Canvas, Duolingo, Quizlet, or iBooks, there’s no reason you can’t find a positive result while you wait for a negative test. 1/10

My bed

ZzZzzz. 100/10

* For non-economic majors only

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