Leave your room. Have fun.
Reading Period looms before you, and the holed-up-in-your-room-slash-Lamont-24/7 thing is starting to get old. And even worse, uninspiring. Break out of your Cambridge bubble, Yoda say. Embrace a new study space, you must. Here are the best alternatives FM found:
1. Traditional Types
What better place to study history than in the historical landmark that is the Boston Public Library, America’s first free municipal library? Post-study treat: Smooth those nerves with the workings of jazz greats in BPL’s celebration of Jazz Week from April 23 - May 2.
700 Boylston St., Boston. Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
You can’t get a booth at the Garage’s Starbucks, and the whole Wi-Fi registration is way too complicated anyways. Check out In House Café—free Wi-Fi, good service, food, coffee, you name it. Little birdies tell us it’s the place to be. Post-study treat: Mmmm sandwich.
194 Harvard Ave., Allston. Monday-Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
3. Au Naturel
Wary of the Charles River? Find a new body of water to bond with! The Boston waterfront offers a great view, serenity (and benches) to keep your mind (and booty) at peace. Post-study treat: Hit up the waterfront bar, Tia’s, at the end of the night and get your booze on.
200 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Monday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
4. Bookish Folk
Trident Booksellers is the place to be if you’re looking for an intimate bookstore atmosphere where the staff will cater to your every need. As long as it’s legal. Free Wi-Fi included. Post-study treat: Explore Newbury Street and shop ‘til you drop.
338 Newbury St., Boston. Monday-Sunday 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
5. Wild Children
Forget the Boston Common. Hit up the North End and check out Christopher Columbus Park. It’s no Walden Pond, but it’s sure to get the juices flowing for that Thoreau final. Post-study treat: Apparently this is quite the romantic spot...who knows what could happen?
Atlantic Ave. & Richmond St., Boston. All day, everyday.