Study Spots: Discover these shady outdoor locales under the trees

Saturday, September 19, 2020 Study Spots: Discover these shady outdoor locales under the trees

An open-air tent on the Nebraska Union plaza is the latest addition to provide more space for students to study and physically distance.

While you may be used to studying in the library for hours, limited seating and new regulations can make it tempting to work outside. However, it can be hard to find a cool outdoor spot to relax. Try out any of these shady spots on campus to find your perfect studying location.

  • Open-air tent (pictured above) on the Nebraska Union plaza, the newest addition for extra study space on campus. Grab a drink at the Starbucks inside and spread out at one of the socially-distanced seats.
  • Expansive tree-filled Maxwell Arboretum at East Campus, found between the Food Industry Complex and the College of Dentistry.
  • Pocket park at 16th and R Streets with shady trees and benches near the Kappa Delta and Pi Beta Phi houses.
  • Two inner courtyards of Selleck Quad. The south yard is ringed by residence halls; the serene north yard is hemmed in by Seaton Hall, Benton Hall and Fairfield Hall.
  • Park-like garden space between the Sheldon Museum of Art and Architecture Hall is dotted with nearby art and sculptures.
  • North of the Lied Center for Performing Arts, a maze of wood benches covered by a densely-planted tree grove give the feeling of hiding inside a shrub in which to study.
  • R Street "green belt" set along the sidewalk between the Nebraska Union and the Sheldon Museum of Art. The two-block area abuts the south facades of Canfield Administration Building, Love Library, and Louise Pound Hall and is interspersed with sidewalks, gardens, and towering trees. A great spot to view the rare black squirrels.
  • Three outdoor tables are tucked under small trees along the sidewalk adjacent to south doors of Love Library South.
  • Half-oval courtyard on the south elevation of Kauffman Academic Residential Center. The quaint space is dotted with a handful of trees and tables.
  • Sit in the shadow of Archie the Mammoth at the outside tables under the trees at Morrill Hall's north side.
  • NEW FOR FALL 2020: Numerous new picnic-style tables have been installed around the campus. We spotted some in the shady corridor between Andrews Hall and the Nebraska Union as well as around academic buildings.
Find more campus spaces in this interactive map.

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