If you’re like me and enjoy reading above and beyond the requirements set by class, you have probably already scouted the campus for private and quiet places to enjoy a few chapters during the school day. So, without further ado, here is my definitive list of the best places to catch a few paragraphs before your next class begins.
10. In your lecture
I do not condone reading during lectures, but during syllabus week it can be so hard to stay focused in class. I won’t blame you if you whip out your book and read a few lines while your professor reads the printed out syllabus sheet word for word. But, overall, reading in lecture would fall into a disappointing last place.
9. An empty lecture hall
Although empty lecture halls abound throughout the year, they can be creepy and disconcerting. If you are the type of person that enjoys complete silence while enjoying your newest novel, I would suggest finding an empty lecture space to cozy up in.
8. A solid tree trunk
During the warmer months, it is normal to see students studying in the grass and enjoying what little sunshine Vancouver has to offer. Although you may end up with some pollen on your back, picking a favourite tree during the late summer and early spring months will allow you to be at one with nature while enjoying your favourite tome.
7. The Arts Student Lounge (MASS – Meekison Arts Student Space)
The Arts Student Lounge is a space specifically for Arts students to utilize and is conveniently located in Buchanan, where most Arts classes occur. If you are tight for time and want a comfortable and relatively quiet place to read, I would suggest grabbing a seat in MASS.
6. A sturdy bench
In my first few weeks on campus, reading on a bench was my favourite thing to do between classes. However, when the sunny weather began to be replaced with rain, or when I would go to class with wet pants from the bench, I began to rethink my life choices. A bench is all fun and games until the weather changes. In the warmer months, a bench would be my first option but isn’t practical for the all-year-round reader.
5. A library
If you’re looking for a quieter and private reading experience, a library would be the place to go. Although this can make reading feel more academic, the main floor of Irving has more comfortable chairs and offers a more social experience that isn’t as stifling.
4. The Earth Science Building
Although surprising to be on this list, I found the Earth Science Building the perfect place to read when I was taking my required science course last year. It is usually quiet, has comfortable benches and seats, and is a new building with large open spaces. Because of this, I really enjoyed sitting down and reading for long periods of time between my science course and my next lecture.
3. The Nest
Although the Nest is usually thought of as busy, loud, and smelling like pizza, it has some really nice private seating on the upper floors. Where most of the club offices are, there are some more comfortable and quiet seating areas that are perfect for some quick reading between classes.
2. The Museum of Anthropology
The MOA is an interesting place to read. Students get in for free with their UBC Cards, and it is quiet and calming to sit in the exhibit. It also has a beautiful view and large windows. Many people go to the MOA to read or to draw, and it has a really creative atmosphere. Although it can be quite a trek from most classes and is an adventure in itself, the MOA is an amazing place to settle down for a few hours for some serious reading.
1. Bean Around the World
Bean Around the World has the right vibes for reading. Although it is far from most class areas, it is the perfect place to grab an after class snack and coffee, and sit with your book until you’re ready to go home. Although it’s usually pretty busy, Bean Around the World is also a great place to study, so if you get a seat you’re set for the day!
Picking a spot to read is extremely subjective, and depends on what kind of reader you are and what environment you prefer. I hope that all of you take the time to read something you enjoy during the coming term, rather than something that was assigned to you because it can be truly rewarding and relaxing!
Rebecca Silver is a second year Arts student with an intended major in History and minor in International Relations. She loves all things Russian, curling up with a good book, and dogs.
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