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Ringing in spring, finals with outdoor studying

Finish your academic year off strong at these great outdoor study spots.
Image by Mary Ellen Ritter

With spring finally here, students around the University of Minnesota are remembering what it’s like to be able to spend time outside. With the final weeks of school approaching, many students are using their outdoor time to cram for exams. Although many students tend to swarm to the Northrop Mall, here is a list of other great outdoor study spots.

West Bank Caribou:
Any Caribou is already a great study spot, but this particular location at the top level of Herbert M. Hanson Jr. Hall does not disappoint. With outdoor seating now available, students can enjoy a tasty cup of coffee while also enjoying the fresh air. What tops off this outdoor seating area is the amazing view of downtown Minneapolis.

The Knoll Park:
For Dinkytown residents, this is the outdoor study spot for you. Located right next to well-known restaurants like Gray’s and Tiger Sugar, the Knoll Park is an easy trip for any student living around the Dinkytown area. While many students are often walking through this park to get to class, it stays relatively quiet throughout the day. With lots of open greenery and trees perfect for a hammock, the Knoll Park could be a lax spot to study for any final exams.

McNamara Alumni Center:
Located about two blocks from Superblock, the McNamara Alumni Center offers great outdoor seating arrangements for students. The area has a large lawn and a notable water fountain that gives off a peaceful feeling. The various picnic tables set on the outskirts of the lawn are accompanied by umbrellas to provide shade to any studiers.

Murphy Square:
What could be considered the most overlooked outdoor study spot at the University, Murphy Square is located near West Bank a few blocks away from the Regis Center for Art. For any first-year who feels isolated in Middlebrook Hall, make your own home at this wonderful park. Because this park is so old, there are many large trees that provide shade. These trees also add a feeling of privacy and silence for anyone who enjoys being alone while studying.

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