Here are 7 great places to study at UWM during finals week

It’s time to wrap up papers, presentations, projects and exams before summer vacation. If you are on the prowl for the perfect place to be productive before exams begin May 13, here’s a look at some of our favorite on-campus study spots:

Golda Meir Library

UWM Golda Meir Library

Students who study best in silence can look to the third floor of the Golda Meir Library. You may prefer to sit at a table near the stairs, or you may venture into the long rows of bookcases – which seem to stretch forever – to find quiet spots. You can always find your ideal place to finish that last class presentation. Studying late? Chancellor Mark Mone will be here handing out snacks Monday, May 15, at 9 p.m.

The library is open 24 hours a day until Saturday, May 20, when it closes at 3 p.m. The library will be closed on Sunday, May 21.

Union Grind

Union Grind

The Union Grind is always bustling with people getting a caffeine fix. Whether you’re working alone or with a group, it offers a wide array of seating and tables. You don’t have to buy a beverage, but for coffee lovers, it’s perfect for sipping a cup of joe and tackling a term paper.

Union Fireside Lounge

UWM Student Union Fireside Lounge.

In the midst of the bustling Student Union, stroll to the Fireside Lounge for a quiet space with comfortable, upholstered chairs. The Fireside Lounge allows you to be comfy and cozy while still being productive with your studies. Relax next to the fireplace or take a power nap to recharge before your next test.

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex Lobby

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex.

Another quiet area is the lobby of the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex. Comfortable lounging chairs sit beside large windows overlooking Kenwood Boulevard. Whether you are taking a break, sitting between classes or studying hard for that last final, the KIRC lobby has a unique ambience.


If you don’t mind a little background noise, grab a bite to eat while working in the basement of the Student Union. Or reward yourself with a burger and fries after a long study session in the library. The Gasthaus’ lively atmosphere provides an enjoyable time with comfort food adding motivation to finish finals week strong on a full stomach.

Remember, things might be noisier during lunch and dinner service, and there will be special hours during finals week.

  • Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Monday, May 15, and Tuesday, May 16: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 18: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20: Closed

Northwest Quadrant

If you need some inspiration, head to the area outside the Grind coffee shop and Restor convenience store in the Northwest Quadrant. A colorful mural with a coffee bean theme wraps around the walls. High-top tables outside the Grind provide a place to sip a latté and enjoy the art while researching that last paper.

Honors College

Honors College

Located near the Northwest Quadrant, the Honors House is a quaint study spot. The space features a library and living room for studying and socializing. Both rooms are open to Honors students during regular building hours. Students love the cozy and comfortable feel.

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