Ultimate Insider Info: Study. Chill. Eat.
We’ve all been there—you’ve got a big test coming up, and you’re trying to stay ahead of the curve by planning plenty of time in advance to study. Or you’ve waited until the night before and you’re trying to stuff your brain with as much information as you possibly can. Either way, you’re going to need a good spot to study, and no matter how hard you try, the distractions in your dorm room are just too tempting. Lucky for you, UCA’s campus is filled with study nooks that are perfect for light reading and late night cramming alike.
It’s a popular spot for socializing, but the UCA student center also serves as a favorite place to study on campus. Study rooms upstairs offer a quiet, distraction-free space to get work done. There’s limited free printing for students in the Student Center, meaning you can print off all of the study materials you need and then some. The Student Center is also home to a grocery store and the UCA Bookstore, where you can buy school supplies and scantrons as well as UCA gear. There’s limited free printing for students in the Student Center, meaning you can print off all of the study materials you need and then some. The Student Center is also home to a grocery store and the UCA Bookstore, where you can buy school supplies and scantrons as well as UCA gear.
It’s hard to beat studying in a coffee shop or chill restaurant, and Donaghey Hall is home to a few of Conway’s best. Blue Sail Coffee and Mosaique Bistro are located on the first floor of the residence hall and offer coffee, tea and a wide variety of tasty menu items. The relaxed atmosphere, convenient location and late night hours make both ideal locations for getting work done.
Also in Donaghey Hall is the brand new UCA Makerspace, powered by the Conductor, which launched September 5. This space serves as a place where the UCA community can see their ideas come to life and get help on projects from Maker Ambassadors. You can also sign up for classes and workshops to learn about everything from 3D printing your own products to micro manufacturing jobs.
One of your greatest resources in test prep and research is going to be the Torreyson Library. In addition to the thousands of books and articles available in the library, there are also single and group study rooms, all with whiteboards inside. There are laptops available for rent as well as computers, and students can print using their BearCards.
Studying inside for too long can make you stir crazy, and sometimes you’ve just gotta get outside. Luckily, being a UCA student means that studying and being outside aren’t mutually exclusive. The campus-wide wifi allows you to access the internet anywhere—yes, even when you’re outdoors. The fountain at Harding Centennial Plaza is one of the most serene and picturesque spots on campus, and students can often be seen doing homework while enjoying its view. There are also plenty of tables around campus where you can enjoy some fresh air without losing any study time, and there’s even a hammock farm on campus if you feel like stretching out to study (or taking a nap between study sessions).
You can’t power a study session on an empty stomach, so it’s important to know what your quickest and most convenient food options are. This is where your BearCard becomes your best friend—it’s part of your meal plan, but you can add money to it at any time. Most restaurants around town will offer student discounts with your BearCard, but there are plenty of options on campus as well:
Java City (College of Business)
Bear Village C-Store (Bear Village)
BearExpress Deli (Burdick Hall)
If you absolutely can’t get out of your dorm to study, you can have pizza or Bite Squad delivered to your residence hall.
If you’re worried about having to trek across campus just to find a decent place to study, fear not—there’s a shuttle service for that. On-campus shuttles will take you wherever you need to go, from apartments to athletic fields to the library. And the best part—they’re free! Bus schedules are available online and shuttle routes are available online or on the free UCA shuttle app, which has real-time updates of the shuttle and its stops.
Good luck and happy studying!