Old Main on Penn State's University Park campus.

Best Places To Study On And Off Campus at Penn State!

Although Penn State has a huge library on campus, some of the best places to study are downtown and around campus. With midterms and finals week fast approaching, check out these alternatives spots and skip the packed library!


  • HUB Bookstore Starbucks-The HUB can be a very busy place. However, the bookstore located inside the HUB is a quiet and comfortable place to study.


  • Webster’s Bookstore Café-Located just off of campus, the bookstore is a unique place to get cozy and study. The café is filled with all kinds of board games for when you need a quick study break!


  • Information Sciences and Technology Building (IST)-Located on the West side of campus, IST building is a spacious spot to spend the day studying or doing group work. There are many tables and open classrooms throughout the building, plus Au Bon Pain is located inside! Bring a sweatshirt with you because this building is known for being chilly inside.


  • Old Main lawn-It’s definitely not ideal during the winter months. However, on a warm fall or spring day, the Old Main lawn is the perfect place to lay down a blanket and get work done.


  • Bio Behavioral Health Building (BBH)-Many students are very fond of the BBH building due to its spacious and modern design. It is easy to find an open table with comfy chairs, perfect for you and a study partner!


  • Irving’s-Irving’s is the perfect spot to study and snack located right on College Ave. It offers two floors filled with tables to spread out and get work done.


  • The Arboretum-One of the most beautiful, but also furthest place to walk and study at is the Arboretum. The Arboretum is filled with beautiful trees, flowers and benches. If you are prone to allergies, this probably is not the best spot for you!


  • Barranquero Café-Also located downtown, Barranquero Café offers a warm and welcoming environment. It’s the perfect spot to grab a table and spend the day studying and sipping their Columbian coffee.


  • The Schlow Library-A popular alternative to the Penn State library on campus is the Schlow Library downtown. The Schlow Library is a public library. However, it offers a noise free environment, perfect for studying.


  • Saint’s Café-Located downtown, Saint’s Café provides a small and peaceful spot to grab a table and start getting work done. Unlike Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, Saint’s Café is hardly ever crowded. Studying isn’t the worst thing in the world when you can snack on baked goods from the Saint’s Café.


Have any better places where you like to study on or off campus? Let us know in the comments section below!


9 Spring Cleaning Hacks for College Kids!

Spring Cleaning Hacks for College Kids:

Cleaning tends to fall near the bottom of the priority list as a current college student. For us college kids, it all comes down to time and resources.  Here are 9 cleaning hacks for college kids to keep your dorm or apartment fresh, tidy and clean.

1. There are crumbs on the floor and you’ve got to run to your next class

Step One: Grab a lint roller
Step Two: Roll across dirty area. You’d be amazed how much you’ll pick up in just a few minutes. Who says you need a vacuum?


2. Your load is still a little damp after a full dry cycle and you have to leave

Step One: Drape damp clothing over a floor fan or ceiling fan. Don’t fold! Folding damp clothes ruins the material.
Step Two: Turn fan on a low speed until clothes are no longer damp. Avoid stinky situations by always making sure your clothes are nice and dry!


3. The toilet bowl is losing its luster and visitors are starting to notice

Step One: Get a dryer sheet.
Step Two: Wipe the sheet along the rings around the toilet bowl like an eraser until it’s back to looking crisp and new.


4. Leftovers are lingering around your tupperware (even after hand washing)

Step One: Get rid of gross residue on your plastic tupperware by soaking the container in warm water and automatic dishwashing detergent.
Step Two: Drop in a Grab Green Auto Dish pod – in any glorious scent of your choosing. Grab Green Automatic Dishwashing Detergent pods are designed to thoroughly clean your dishes with only naturally-derived and nontoxic ingredients. It’s a simple and guilt-free way to clean.
Step Three: Soak for an hour and revel in the kind of cleanliness you haven’t seen in a long, long time.


5. The microwave has seen one too many food explosions

Step One: place a bowl with water and vinegar in your microwave
Step Two: run the microwave for about ten minutes until the water evaporates. This will soften all the food remnants.
Step Three: swipe away leftover marinara with one swift stroke!


6. You’re running out of space in your section of the fridge

Step One: Get 1 or 2 binder clips
Step Two: Clip on a bar about a foot away from the edge of the fridge. Make sure the two metal pinches are facing out and not closed in.
Step Three: Stack your glass bottle beverages or cans in a pyramid fashion so that they’re pushing against the clip, but immobile. You just bought yourself some clean up time for later and a little extra space!


7. You had a wild night out and your carpet paid the price

Step One: Clean stains with a paste made of baking soda and water
Step Two: Take a spatula or spoon, generously spread onto the affected area until it looks almost like frosting a cake.
Step Three: Let it dry overnight, or until it becomes a powdery consistency again.
Step Four: Vacuum it right up!


8. It’s your turn to dust the apartment, but where is the feather duster?

Need to dust your shades? Slide your hand in an old sock and dust through the shades you’re in and out in seconds.


9. Stop spending on Swiffer cloths

Instead of paying money to replace your Swiffer cloth, clip a towel or washcloth and use that. Save time and money!