It’s the end of the semester, and I, like many UBC students, find myself buried under a growing pile of assignments. Over the last few weeks, I noticed myself growing more easily tired and at times, overwhelmed by the busyness of campus and my pressing deadlines. During these moments, I find that taking a break and finding a place to relax allows me to unwind, release whatever stress I’ve been holding in my body, and prepare to face the rest of the day. However, given the crowdedness of the UBC campus, especially during exam periods, finding a place to take a breather can be challenging, so I will be sharing my favorite places to unwind on campus. Whether you are looking for a quick meditation session in-between classes or another means of procrastination, here are my favorite quiet spots across campus:
1. The Koerner Library basement
The basement of Koerner Library is extremely quiet (most of the time, you can hear your own breath). This lends itself to a productive study session but also doubles up as a great place to meditate, journal or simply rest. The chairs are comfortable, and the workstations are well-divided for optimal privacy. In my opinion, it is one of the best places to relax across the UBC campus.
2. The Ridington room in Irving K. Barber
The Ridington (also known as the Harry Potter) room is one of the quiet study areas of the MAA Library, located on the third floor of IKB. Its warm, whimsical feel, coupled with very comfortable sofas, make it one of my favorite study and unwinding spots. I love to sit near the window with a book, a meditative journal, or a peaceful playlist (mandatory headphones). The only downside is that the room is very popular, so it can be hard to find seating space, especially during exam season.
Pro tip: walk up the spiral staircase for a slightly more secluded area (and a potentially more peaceful time).
3. The Nest
Our Alma Mater’s building is another great place to ease off in between classes. Don’t let the busyness and noise deter you: if you know where to go, it can be a relaxing place.
Option A: The egg
The egg is located on the 4th floor of Nest and is filled with comfortable cushions and a soft carpet. The view is amazing, and it is usually quiet enough for a few minutes of journaling or meditation.
Option B: The cocoon
The cocoon is the outer edge of the Nest. It’s furnished with desk stations and corner sofas. If you’re lucky enough to get one of the comfy sofas, the cocoon is one of the quietest areas of the Nest.
4. Macmillan Building
This is one of the less crowded buildings on campus, I find, which makes it a prime resting spot. I like to get a snack from Agora café and head up to the study lounge on the 2nd floor for my study/relaxation sessions. The only disadvantage is that it is a long walk from the center of campus; but if you don’t mind the extra steps, it might just be the perfect place to unwind before your next class!
Can you think of other great places to relax on campus? Let me know in the comments down below!