As it happens with many people, I absolutely fell in love the University of Oklahoma’s campus the second I stepped foot on it. When I went on my campus tour as a prospective student, I couldn’t help but picture myself with a book in front of me studying at all the different study spots my tour guide pointed out. But, now that I am actually a student and a tour guide for the university, I have found some really neat places that prospective students don’t see on their tours of campus. So, here are a few of my favorite study spots that you might not see when touring campus. 

1. Oklahoma Canyon Garden

Hidden deep in the Bizzell Memorial Library, this study spot is for all the nature lovers out there. To get here, students must venture down to the lowest level of the library and wind through a maze of offices, following the signs for the Oklahoma Canyon Garden. When you step outside, it is as if you have entered another world. It is so peaceful and different than any other place on campus. The garden holds only plants that are native to Oklahoma. So, if you are looking for somewhere to get away from the hustle and bustle of campus, the Oklahoma Canyon Garden is for you.

2. Outdoor Terrace in Devon Energy Hall

Located on the fifth floor of Devon Energy Hall, this outdoor terrace overlooks much of main campus.  The second you step out onto the terrace, you will understand why this is a must-see place to visit. Although it is in the engineering section of campus, students of all majors are welcome to study here. It is perfect for those who like to study outside on days with nice weather.


3. Edith Kinney Gaylord Library in Gaylord Hall

This study spot can be found on the second floor of Gaylord Hall, home to the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Although I am partial because I am a part of the journalism school, this study spot is open to students of all majors. After passing the large computer lab, the studio where the daily OU newscast is broadcasted, and going up the stairs, students come to the Edith Kinney Gaylord Library. Many will notice after entering the library the huge wall of windows facing the Gaylord Memorial Stadium. Complete with a great view, peace and quiet, and lots of study space, this study spot is great for all you football lovers.


 4. Basement of Evans Hall

Most people know Evans Hall as one of the oldest buildings on campus, as well as home to President Boren’s office. Because of this fact, many students don’t go in this building because it is mainly used for administrative purposes. But, hidden in the basement of Evans Hall is a great study spot for those of you who are fans of comfy couches and a little bit of white noise.  Complete with vending machines and a nice lounge area, this study spot is not well known to current students. Plus, you could maybe even get a chance to say, “hi” to President Boren!


5. Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

Many people would be surprised to see this location on a list of study spots, but for you sports lovers out there, this could possibly be your favorite study spot on campus. The stadium is normally open during the afternoons on weekdays and sitting in the shade near the field on a beautiful fall or spring day is so relaxing. Take a book or your laptop (all of campus has wireless internet connection) and have a relaxing afternoon outside.



Kylie Kay Frisby
Okarche, Oklahoma
May 2015
Public Relations
Political Science minor

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2 Responses to “Top 5 study spots you don’t see on campus tours”

  1. toni on October 30th, 2012 10:35 am

    this place is beautiful. i actually want to come here some day….

  2. Kris on May 4th, 2014 2:25 pm

    This was such a helpful blog post when I went looking for a good place to study during Finals Week! Thanks for sharing these hidden gems with the world!

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