Imagine a finals week where everyone always has a computer, the lines at Starbucks are never more than a couple people long, and outlets and white boards abound. Tables are always available, the temperature is comfortable, and the noise level is just right.
With over 27,000 students, this seems about as likely as all finals being cancelled.
However, with over 50 buildings on the main campus alone, UT students are getting creative with their study habits.
"I like to go places where there aren't very many people," Iman Ferdjallah, junior in biological sciences, said. "Once it gets crowded, I go find somewhere else."
It is this adventurous spirit that leads students to venture out of the all-inclusive, crowded Hodges Library and search for unique, unexpected and unconventional study spots.
For Ben Parrott, sophomore in chemistry, this means everything from the study lounge on the 6th floor of Min Kao to a booth in the Presidential Court Building Café.
"Min Kao is really convenient when I'm on the Hill, it has pretty much everything you need for studying — couches, tables, conversational atmosphere," Parrott said. "If I have another class on the Hill later that day, it's kind of a pain to walk anywhere else."
Although the café part of PCB requires some form of payment to get in, unlimited snacks and drink refills while doing homework is an obvious perk. There is also a computer lab with printers on the bottom floor.
Some UT students find total quiet the only way to get studying done. For Sarah Moog, freshman in communications, her search for quiet leads her to the James D. Hoskins Library.
"The ... library is awesome for people studying individually and there is usually plenty of room," Moog said. "But if you talk above a whisper, people look at you funny."
For group meetings, the Baker Center also provides a relatively uncrowded study space and has several classrooms and study rooms available. The recent renovations to HSS, including the common areas on each floor and the computer lab on the third floor, make it another spot that is conducive for group studying.
The pursuit of the best studying spot takes some students outside the boundaries of campus. UT students and professors looking to work while remaining close to a vital caffeine resource often stop in at The Golden Roast, a coffee shop just off campus, across from the Baker Center and the Kappa Sigma house.
Stephanie Phillips, senior in English, finds that The Golden Roast has everything she needs for a good study session: plenty of tables, outlets, Wi-Fi, and, of course, coffee.
"At The Golden Roast there aren't blinding fluorescents, which admittedly can be sometimes necessary to get studying done, but a quiet atmosphere with worn-in couches and soft music," Phillips said. "It is a very nice and local alternative to the library."
When the clock strikes midnight and the paper hasn't been started, however, Hodges may be your best option.
"Hodges is the best place for late night studying because it's open all night," Parrott said. "It's also way less busy after 12 or one in the morning."
Still, it seems students are rewarded for their efforts of expedition.
"Sometimes just moving around and changing environments really helps me get studying done," Phillips said. "Finding new places is worth it."