Chase Colwell demonstrates the recumbent studying pose at Norlin Library.
Chase Colwell demonstrates the recumbent studying pose at Norlin Library. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

In between the parties and the dating and the learning how to adult that is the American college experience, you might want to get some studying done, too.

There's plenty of space on CU's 600-acre campus: Nearly every one of its 200 buildings has a chair-and-table set by a window for the desperate last-minute crammer. But those truly in the know have assembled a comprehensive list of places for every scholarly need.

The fine folks at Qualify, the Buffs-only dating app, have crowdsourced the CU community's studious habits. About 1,000 students have divulged their go-to spots through the app's matching questions.

Here are five of the best, along with personal recommendations from founder Sean Chenoweth:

Wolf Law Building

A world away from the center of campus, the Wolf Law crowd is studious and serious. Curl up on the sofa by the fireplace in Schaden Commons, or step out onto the patio for a kickass view of the Flatirons.

Take a break for a game of foosball — a table is tucked away in the southwest corner. But quietly: People are trying to study, bro.

Another good spot in the building? The library. Just don't plan a visit during finals, when it's closed to non-law majors.

Norlin Library

A library's a bit of an obvious choice for studying, but there's one spot in particular Qualify users like: the window-heavy top floor.

You can sit and overlook Ramaley, the Quad or the aptly named Pleasant Street.


"It's a really good place to de-stress," said Chenoweth.

Business library

The bottom floor of the Koelbel building is where you go when you want to be inspired and rub shoulders with future (potential) entrepreneurs and CEOs.

"You feel like you're on their level," Chenoweth mused. "You feel smarter when you're there."

It's a popular spot and often crowded, but private rooms can be reserved.

Top of Duane Physics tower

Technically reserved for graduate students, rebellious undergrads have been sneaking into the top of the physics tower for years.

"It's the most beautiful view on campus," Chenoweth said.

Pekoe Sip House, ATLAS Building

"It's super central on campus," Chenoweth said — right next to the bus stop — "it feels like a hip spot."

Always bustling and busy, it's better for group-project work than solo studying that requires intense concentration.

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