Science and Engineering Hall



Location: 800 22nd St.

Runner up: Milken Institute School of Public Health, Duqués Hall


The modern, white and gray design of the Science and Engineering Hall, coupled with plenty of natural light, provide the perfect environment for getting serious work done. (It’s also an ideal place to pop in for 20 minutes during lunch to eat a Chipotle burrito and catch up on “The Daily Show.”)


With large windows and glass-walled laboratories, the building feels light and airy (Gelman Library, take note).


Gone are the traditional and oppressive individual study carrels. Instead, the building offers groupings of cozy chairs and colorful couches around low coffee tables, clusters of cocoon-like spinning chairs and larger group tables. The seating arrangements are intimate enough for you and your group of friends to meet up and study, but separated enough that you have some privacy when studying solo.


You may get kicked out if you try to study there too late: In February, more than 800 students signed a petition to extend the building’s closing time past 10 p.m. on weeknights and 6 p.m. on weekends. And be sure to grab a veggie bowl for dinner from Jose Andres’ Beefsteak on the ground floor before the restaurant closes at 10 p.m.


Gourmet meals around the corner and printers on every floor? Don’t be surprised when Gelman is empty during finals this year.


- Grace Gannon