Not all who wander are lost, but here's a map

The University of Colorado updated its campus map last year to go beyond the typical "you are here" format.

In addition to displaying where buildings are on campus, the map shows things such as wheelchair-accessible sidewalks, construction zones, ATMs, food options and transportation zones.

If users can't find their way to the Humanities building, for example, the map provides a photo and description of what the person is looking for along with a button for shareable walking, biking and driving directions.

The layers of the map — which include Main Campus, East Campus, Williams Village and the Center for Innovation and Creativity — can be easily updated to accommodate a growing campus or even specific needs like a self-guided tour or incident maps during campus emergencies.

Visit colorado.edu/map.

CU's campus is packed with nooks and crannies where students can cram for tests or slog through a massive textbook, but the best spots boast access to life-giving coffee or inspiration to keep going — or better yet, both.

If you're desperately searching for motivation in the bottom of your thermos when midterms and finals roll around, look no further than these spots to get your knowledge on.


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Norlin Commons by Laughing Goat

The single most important thing to know about studying at CU is that if you sit near the Laughing Goat at Norlin Commons long enough, you will get a free latte. Whether it be from a messed up drink order, someone dashing out for a forgotten final before picking up their chai tea or a barista taking pity on you for rendering your Spanish notes unreadable with your own tears, the magical words of "free coffee!" will ring through the busy library spot when you need it most.

Ruiying Xu takes a break from studying for finals in Norlin Library.
Ruiying Xu takes a break from studying for finals in Norlin Library. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Varsity Lake

This dreamy spot just beyond Norlin Quad can be your muse when you're in need of inspiration. Pick a bench or spread out on the grass and crack open that book you need to finish. If you start spiraling into a study-induced panic attack, just stare at one of the lake's many turtles for some zen. Look at how relaxed they are. Maybe you don't even need to pass this test. Maybe you can just hang out with the turtles for the rest of your life. Admittedly, there's no caffeine here, but there is a large body of water if you get thirsty. Just kidding. Don't drink the lake water. That's gross.

Pekoe Sip House

Housed in the ATLAS building on campus, this study spot offers the standard fare of coffee and tea with added bonuses like boba tea and blended drinks. The space is bright, intimate and known to have a good playlist to provide motivational music for whatever task you're tackling. If things go awry with your work, there is nothing like inhaling balls of tapioca at the bottom of your drink to take your mind off things for a moment.

UMC: Fifth Floor

Students in the know have been flocking to this study area with a view for a long time. Grab a coffee at the Starbucks downstairs and then head on up to lose yourself in that big essay — or a daydream about the Flatirons you won't be able to stop staring at. Either is productive.

BioLounge at the Museum of Natural History

Located on the museum's lower level, the BioLounge is an amalgamation of exhibit, lounge and coffee bar. When not in use for live presentations, it's the perfect comfy spot to fuel up with coffee or tea and soak up some inspiration from the rotating exhibits before tackling that paper or getting neck deep in a philosophy textbook.

Center for Community dining hall

This study option is for the serious snacker only. If you're in the mood to hole up in one location all day and only get up to retrieve a new bowl of cereal, coffee, ice cream cone and piece of pizza every hour or so, the C4C is the place for you. Spread out all your materials on a table, and let your mind and belly feast for the day.