Anyone who goes to RIT knows this campus is huge. 1,300 acres of land, athletic facilities, classrooms, and lounges can be overwhelming. Therefore, with the vast quantity of choices, it is easy to stick to your usual spots: around where you live or where you have classes. RIT has so many noteworthy spots on campus, some of which are larger and better known to students. However, smaller, less glamorous spots can be refreshing and interesting to check out. Big or small, here are the top spots at RIT to hang out with friends or to utilize for some quality study time.
Major Study Spots:
The John Peter Innovation Lounge
This lounge is a fairly quiet and it is an aesthetically pleasing place to do homework. The modern looking lounge has a soothing waterfall and plenty of comfortable seating. It is right outside of Student Innovation Hall.
The beloved coffee shop Java’s is a great place to study. On your way to finding a table or comfy cushioned chair in the back, you can grab a delicious pastry and a coffee. Java Wally’s is located inside the main entrance of the Wallace Library.
Located on the second floor of James Gleason Hall, is the Gordon Atrium. Although they can fill up quickly, there are a lot of study tables. It is a very focused environment with a lot of collaboration among students.
The Gosnell Atrium has the best of both worlds. Because there are a lot of big tables, is a great place to study with a group. However, there are also a lot of comfy chairs along the window to study alone.
The library, an obvious choice, is one of the best places to study on campus. Aside from there being many different choices for study spots just within the building, there are also a lot of great learning resources, such as the Writing Commons, to help with your studies.
Hidden/Little Study Spots:
Thomas Golisano Computing & Information Sciences Atrium
In this atrium, there are plenty of tables not only on the first floor, but on the second and third floor as well. Grab a bite to eat at Ctrl Alt Deli before picking a table.
College of Applied Science and Technology
The staircase to the right of the main entrance to the College of Applied Science and Technology has a table located on each break of the staircase, all the way up to the top floor. The windows allow for a lot of natural light. There is only one table per floor; it allows for a good amount of privacy, especially at night when there are not a lot of people traveling up and down the staircase.
First Floor of College of Health Sciences and Technology
Walk into the College of Health Sciences and Technology from T Lot and head straight on the first floor to find this little study spot. There is interesting seating: a high top counter and an array of couch seating. All of the couches have outlets, making your study experience a lot easier.
Up on the second floor of campus center, there is a room resembling a small library. When there aren’t meetings in this room, it is a great quiet place to get some work done. If the Reading Room is occupied, there is also a great array of seating right outside of it.
Tunnels by Department of Chemistry
Outside of the Department of Chemistry in the tunnels below the College of Science, is a small little study area. Although the space isn’t glamorous by any means, there are a few tables and chairs. Don’t worry about getting hungry; there are 7 vending machines, including a coffee making vending machine, and a microwave.
Community Study Room
On the second floor of the Student Development Center, the Community Study Room is a great study spot especially in the wintertime. Cozy up by the fireplace and get some work done!
College of Liberal Arts Student Lounge
Located on the first floor of Eastman, the College of Liberal Arts Student Lounge is spread down the hallway. The large windows provide a lot of natural light, there are a lot of outlets, and there are many different places to sit.
Major Social Spots:
Outside of Gracie’s, Beanz has a great seating section. Grab a snack or a drink, lounge around, and hang out with friends.
Arguably the most beloved spot on campus, Global Village is an ideal place to hang out, especially in the warm weather. Even in the cooler weather, Global Village has a fireplace. There are multiple choices for food including Midnight Oil, Salsaritas, and Crossroads.
Located conveniently in Campus Center, the fireside lounge is a popular place to hang out with friends. You may get lucky and someone will be playing the piano while you’re there.
Possibly one of the best places on campus to hang out with friends, Ritz has plenty of activities to keep the whole squad happy. Eat, watch sports, play pool, or battle each other in a classic arcade game.
In the tunnels under Gibson Hall, RITchies is a great place to hang out at night. RITchies has billiards, ping pong, fuse ball, air hockey, and video games. To add to the fun, RITchies hosts special events such as video game tournaments or free food nights.
Hidden/Little Social Spots
Gannett 3rd Floor
Right by the photo cage on the 3rd floor of Gannet, there is a little area with couches. It is a great place to lounge around and hang out with friends.
Crossroads Library Room
Off to the side of Crossroads, there is a room filled with books and tables. Play checkers, chess, grab dinner, and hang out with your friends in this quaint little spot.
Above the Green Screen
On the first floor of Gannett, a modern lounge sits above a large production room with a green screen. It is a fun place to hang out with friends; sometimes you will get lucky enough to see some action going on down below.
Bottom Floor of Campus Center
Right outside of the Commuter Lounge in Campus Center, there is a lounge area next to the old campus pool. It is a convenient spot to meet with friends.
This center, located on the second floor of the SAU, is an inclusive environment, aimed at multicultural community building. It is a great place to meet new people.
Switch up your usual environment and explore these places on campus. Try to find new ones, as well. RIT’s campus is beautiful, take advantage what it has to offer! To find out about more locations on campus, be sure to download the RIT Mobile App!