Stanford is a very large campus with lots of cool buildings, quads, and libraries. That being the case, there are many great places to study. Here are just a few suggestions:
Stanford's gigantic main library houses the Bing Wing, excellent for studiers who also appreciate a beautiful atmosphere.
Lane Reading RoomEdit
This room can be found on the second floor. It is equipped with with tables seating four people, huge windows, tons of light, internet access, and everything else you could ever want while you are studying.
The fifth floor Bender Room has a different ambience. It feels like studying in the living room of a mansion. The big windows overlook the rooftops of the surrounding campus. Five big round tables, some small carrels, hardwood floors, rugs, leather couches and big comfy armchairs (perfect for napping). It can get cold here though. Take a study break and check out the diverse and fun collection of books in this room.
Crown Law LibraryEdit
Law students keep getting pissed about undergraduates taking up space in this library. And no wonder: the Law Library is a nice place to get things done.
For the intense, around-the-clock studiers, this room is not terribly nice, but if you must leave the dorm to study, at least the doors aren't locked here. Watch out for boisterous fountain hoppers streaking through from time to time.
Other Campus Study SpotsEdit
The Coffee House (CoHo) at TresidderEdit
For those who like a little background noise (sometimes more than background!) Sometimes features live music. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Plus it's a good place to get distracted by friends who stop by for coffee.
Rodin Sculpture GardenEdit
Just across from the medical school at the Cantor Art Center. There are tables and benches scattered among the sculptures as well as a nearby cafe in the museum at lunch hour.
Next to the Education Building by the Quad. Outdoor tables are good for group studying, and the cafe is open weekdays until late afternoon.
Come on, you've seen all of those brochures of Stanford that show students sprawled out on the grass studying. This is the place to do it on a sunny day. Watch out for frisbees.
Located in Menlo Park, 1010 El Camino Real, an outdoor favorite. Although there is no wifi here.
Located in downtown Palo Alto on Lytton St. (parallel to University, one block south). Indoor and outdoor seating. Excellent for semi-studying and people watching.