7 Best Places to Study, Outside of DAAP
said by: Jordan Fitch
It needs to be said - midterm reviews (and exams) are coming. You've made your to-do list of drawings and images to produce, buildings to memorize, and papers to write - and it's time to do work, son. With all of the hustle and bustle, it's easy to reach your boiling point if you're trying to accomplish everything in studio. That's why we have compiled seven locations (and a few bonuses and one absolutely never) where you can get your academic grind on - mostly within walking distance of our hallowed 7th and 8th floor halls.
THE LANGSAM 5th-6TH FLOOR QUIET ZONEs
hours: 7:45am-11pm (4th floor: 24/7)
So I know you're thinking - "Why would I go to Langsam when the DAAP library is right here?" Other than the previously-stated obvious need for us to escape the confines of DAAP, my other answer: the magical quiet zones of Langsam's 5th and 6th floor. Think about it - the benefits of the wonderful individual study tables of the DAAP library, minus the constant hullabaloo of classes coming in and out, or those rando students with no volume control. So help me, if I hear one more weekend synopsis or latest studio gossip in the DAAP library I will go all out Loud Librarian from Nickelodeon's All That on some children (a reference for the true 90s kids). While it might be the most popular study location on campus (duh?) - there's a reason.
STEGER CENTER STARBUCKS - *ONLY UPSTAIRS and off-peak hours*
hours: 7am-8pm m-f, 8am-3pm sat, 11am-5pm sun
You are correct - doing work in the Steger Starbucks initially sounds like the worst idea you could ever have. Whyyyyyy would anyone ever wait in that insane line? My response: it's all about the timing, my friends. If you manage to hit the sweet spot between morning coffee prime time and the afternoon pick-me-up - the upstairs cafe tables of the Steger Starbucks are a pretty excellent place to start memorizing those 300 buildings you were supposed to have learned throughout the semester (probably on the day before the exam).
hours: 7:30am-9pm m-thurs, 7:30am-8pm fri, 10am-5pm sat/sun
When the founders of Starbucks vowed to put one on every corner, they probably didn't anticipate an architecture school student publication putting two of their business locations in the same listicle amirite? Contrary to what George Bush would say, you can be fooled again by the allure of a multi-billion dollar corporation and its mediocre, usually-burnt coffee. The CCM Starbucks boasts some very comfortable oversized armchairs and a carefully curated cafe playlist to give you some bonus ear candy as your crank out that "research paper with at least 5 non-Internet sources" (lolz).
ROHS STREET CAFE
hours: 7:00am-11:00pm m-sat, 2:00pm-11:00pm sun
For the more adventurous off-campus studier, Rohs St Cafe is definitely worth investigation. If for some reason you haven't heard of this neighborhood gem, walk yourself 0.5 miles south on Clifton Avenue, and you'll find yourself in millenial coffee-shop paradise. Responsibly-sourced java abounds (sorry that was cringeworthy coffee snob millenial-speak), but you'll have to take care to avoid occasionally distracting live events in the main space. On the plus side - it's open until 11pm. #winning.
hours: 5pm-2:30am daily
Highland Cafe is another off-campus find, with a couple of asterisks - on the plus side, it's open until 2:30am (but it doesn't open until 5pm). Full disclosure - it's sort of a bar-coffee-shop hybrid, so for the purposes of studying, it's all about timing. DO go on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday night. BEWARE Thursdays and weekend nights, which can get a little rowdy, depending on your personal level of ambient-noise-tolerance. The owner (or who I assume to be the owner) is a really nice dude who looks like he time-warps back to the 1970s every night, but no disrespect - he makes an excellent chocolate milkshake that serves 2 (but as with pizza, any serving is personal if you try hard enough).
BONUS DRIVE-ABLE OPTION: URBANA CAFE
hours: 7am-5pm tues-fri, 8am-5pm sat/sun, closed monday
If you've got access to a car, or are just jones-ing for a 2.1 mile walk down to Pendleton (in which case you should probably be using that time to study...), Urbana Cafe is coffee-shop nirvana as far as I'm concerned. Well-designed space in a historic building, Urbana Cafe also boasts an interior courtyard that can only be described as dreamy when the weather is cooperating (thx climate change for summer temps in October). And if for some reason you weren't already sold - the courtyard is connected to Nation Kitchen and Bar, so even though Urbana closes up shop at 5pm, you can keep studying in the courtyard and order up a Nation Burger + Fries + 16oz Carrie Ale for a cool $15. Boom goes the dynamite.
BONUS DRIVE-ABLE OPTION 2: COFFEE EMPORIUM OTR
hours: 6:30am-8pm m-f, 7am-8pm sat/sun
Another great option for those of us slowly polluting our planet into oblivion - Coffee Emporium's OTR location. If you've been in Cincinnati for more than two months and haven't yet visited, you are living under the proverbial rock of coffee shop-dom. While I would avoid Coffee Emporium (for the purposes of studying) on a weekend at all costs, if you're not taking advantage of a flexible student weekday schedule - you're doing it wrong. There's also an Oakley location if you feel the need to further increase your carbon footprint (you know what they say about big footprints?... nevermind), but be forewarned that only the OTR location serves a full lunch menu of delectable sandwiches - I like to see this as an underhanded slight to suburbia, but I might be reading a little far into it.
NEVER TRY TO STUDY HERE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES: USQUARE STARBUCKS
you shouldn't even need the hours but it's open until 10pm i think
I've said it once and I'll say it again - the USquare Starbucks is the Tinder date of coffee shops - just hit it and quit it (or toot it and boot it for you early 2000s R&B kids). Literally every time I've walked into this establishment, every table is full - not to mention having to set foot inside the architectural shitstorm that is USquare. Yes, we all have moments where the only thing that can motivate you to come back to studio after going home for dinner is a coffee pitstop to treat yourself along the way. But seriously, we can do better.
Have other suggestions? Cool, don't care. Jk. Comment your favorites and we probably won't add them to this list. Or just keep them to yourself if you're a study-spot-hoarder. Good luck on your midterms!