Where to study for finals

It's that time in the semester again, finals time. Here are some places you can study hard to ace those exams.

On campus

Thomas Cooper
Thomas Cooper Library has made nearly 400 additional seats available, most of them with electrical outlet access and most of them designated for silent study. About 260 individual seats are open in two silent study areas. Each of these spaces, or carrels, has an electrical outlet and a door for semi-private study. Previously available by checkout, students will now find these spaces open on Levels 1 and 3 to the right of the elevators.If your best studying happens at Thomas Cooper Library, here are a few of the study spaces, some of which can be reserved:

Gambrell Hall
The basement of Gambrell Hall has a computer lab. It's normally not crowded and has lots of computers, as well as tables and chairs for studying.

Russell House
The Russell House University Union becomes the Russell House Study Union during finals week. Be sure to check the union's website for updates on dates and times of finals week events.

Darla Moore School of Business
The second level (Greene Street level) of Darla Moore School of Business features a café, a student lounge and multiple public and private spaces that are perfect for group study.

Colloquium Café
At Colloquium Café there’s a Starbucks and study space on either side of the building's upstairs.


Off campus

  • Cool Beans — great coffee, cool surroundings and close to campus. 
  • Panera on Garner’s Ferry Road (in the Target shopping center — there is ample seating, free refills on coffee and free wifi.  
  • Earth Fare — get one of their delicious smoothies, sit in one of the booths and enjoy the distraction-free music played. 
  • Richland County Public Library — this library is enormous and offers all the benefits of studying in a traditional setting without fighting other students for somewhere to sit.


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