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Posted Dec. 3, 2021.

As you wrap up the semester and finals are about to begin, we know how hard it can be to find a quiet space to study and focus on your classwork. We’ve got you covered with the best on campus study spaces at the Communication and Media Building, the Dr. Phillps Academic Commons (DPAC), and UnionWest at Creative Village.

Communication and Media Building

The Communication and Media Building is home to the Nicholson School of Communication and Media.  

CMB features some outdoor seating with umbrellas which are perfect for cool days and catching some fresh air while studying. If you prefer to stay indoors to do some studying, there’s a large open study area in the lobby of the building.  

You can also head towards the back of the building where you’ll find cubicle seating options – great for group studying!  

Want to head upstairs? There are some seats alongside the window on the 3rd floor of CMB where you can look out over the courtyard and palm trees while studying. 

Dr. Phillips Academic Commons

The Dr. Phillips Academic Commons has four stories and is filled with unique study rooms and open areas for studying.

Starting off with the first floor, on both the East and West Wings of the building you have a bunch of seating options in the open areas. But if you want a room all for yourself, you can go into one of the group study rooms in the East Wing and take advantage of the TV monitors, whiteboards, and USB outlets to help create a productive study session. 


👉 Pro Tip: You can also reserve these study rooms in advance to ensure the group study room you want is available. Visit the Room Reservation Guide for more information.  


🏙 Want to study with a view of the City Beautiful? Head upstairs to the second floor library, where you can sit either at a high-top table or alongside the window for a study session unlike any other. While you’re there you can check out some books, dive into the database to get some research done or use the printer to print some study guides. 

Right across from the library you’ll find the open area next to the Tech Lending desk where you can study in a glass room or on one of the study couches. Do you need a laptop to study? The Tech Lending desk is also where you can reserve anything from a laptop, a calculator, or a charger. Visit their website for more information on items you can reserve.  

On the second floor West Wing of DPAC, color and creativity unite in the Creativity Hallway which features a neon light art installation throughout the hallway. Here you’ll find comfortable lounge chairs with portable outlets, to give your studying a fun yet focused space like no other.  

Near the Creativity Hallway, there are two private study rooms you can choose from and an open study space which features one of our murals and couches for you to make yourself comfortable.  


Fun fact: If you come to study here in the afternoon, you can see the sunset! Just another perk of studying on campus. 😍 


Inside DPAC, there are two bridges that connect the West Wing and East Wing without having to step outside. The 3rd and 4th floor bridges make for a beautiful spot to study because of all the colors from the murals and the natural sunlight from the windows.  

If you want to sit in a tucked away gem, the East Wing 3rd floor features the block seating and USB plugs in the science classroom hallway. Just turn right when you come off the elevators.  

Ready to unleash your potential on your finals? We have a study spot just for you! On the West Wing 3rd floor you’ll find an open study area with a hand painted mural by Harry Foreman ’18, that features both a view of downtown Orlando and beautiful colors all around the room. 

UnionWest at Creative Village

Grab a quick bite to fuel your study session before heading upstairs to your study area.

At UnionWest, the 2nd and 3rd floor offer open study spaces that highlight The City Beautiful all around. Look out through the windows to get a spectacular view of downtown Orlando while you take your pick of chair for studying – from rocking egg chairs, long geometric sectionals, couches and traditional tables and chairs. 

On the 3rd floor, past a few classrooms to the right you’ll also find another area with block seating alongside the windows. 


👉 Pro Tip: The higher the floor – the quieter the area!


We hope this guide of study spaces on campus will encourage you to find a new spot to get some of your best studying done and prepare for your finals!