Heading off to college for the first time can be both scary and exciting, especially when you’re moving to a new city! You have to learn to navigate the campus, get to know your new roommates, and perhaps most importantly, find the perfect place to study and get work done.
While study preferences vary from student to student — some prefer to study alone in silence, while others need ambient background noise to keep them focused — finding the right spot can make all the difference when it comes to your academic success. To help you out, I’ve put together a list of some of the best study spots near the University of Arizona.
Outdoor Study Spots
One of the biggest perks of going to school in Tucson is the 350+ days of sunshine per year. So if you want to get out of the library and enjoy the fresh air, grab your laptop and head down to the U of A Mall. Starting at Old Main, the mall is a huge stretch of grass that’s perfect for studying, catching some rays, or playing lawn games with your roommates! If the mall is a little too busy for your preference, check out Highland Bowl near Highland Avenue for a bit of a quieter atmosphere.
Mercado San Augustin
If the temp outside is cool enough, you may also want to hop on the streetcar and head down to Mercado San Agustin, a charming outdoor marketplace filled with local shops and eateries. Pick up a refreshing iced coffee from Presta Coffee Roasters and take a seat at one of the shaded tables in the courtyard. When you’re done with your homework, be sure to treat yourself to some of the best tacos in town from Seis Kitchen. I highly recommend the chicken tinga tacos from there!
Downtown Tucson Coffee Shops
If coffee shops are more your scene, downtown Tucson has several tremendous options. Caffe Luce is always filled with college students quietly working away at their laptops, while Cartel Coffee has plenty of open seating for those group study sessions. And if you prefer tea over coffee, head on over to The Scented Leaf, where you can find just about every variety of iced or hot tea. (Did I mention they do free refills on select beverages?) Pro tip: Ask to add a splash of Butterfly Tea to the top of your drink for a fun, color-changing effect!
Study at Home
Of course, some students prefer to study at home in their own space. To get those coffee shop vibes in your apartment, grab a cup of coffee to-go and put on this calming Spotify playlist filled with tunes from your favorite coffeehouse.
No matter where you like to study, at the end of the day it’s important to go home to a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Tripalink offers a variety of apartments for college students near the University of Arizona, each with a private room for studying and a spacious common area for spending time with your roommates. You can focus all your energy on making friends, acing your classes, and exploring everything Tucson has to offer while living in a Tripalink property.
If you’re looking for exciting activities to do while you’re in Tucson, there is a full list here. Or if you’re debating between living in a dorm or an off campus apartment next year, you can check out this article. Bear Down, Arizona!