Eating in peace
The best places to enjoy a quiet meal on campus
If your lunch break is necessary “me time,” then you probably have searched campus for the perfect place to relax and eat your lunch uninterrupted. It doesn’t mean you’re unhappy and it doesn’t mean you don’t like people –– you just like your alone time in the midst of a busy work day. Luckily, The Spectrum compiled a list of the six best places for some peaceful alone time on campus.
Hayes Hall, South Campus
If you’re catching a class on South and need a place to eat, there are options other than the dining hall.
Hayes Hall was renovated in 2016 and has big rooms with bright lighting on every floor. Microwaves are conveniently located in the floor lounges, but the empty rooms to eat in between class times are a little more appetizing. Long white tables are perfect for laying out your mid-day spread and the large windows allow more than enough light to see all the delicious ingredients in your salad.
On days when you’re crammed with work, it can be tempting to eat while reading or writing up an assignment. Lockwood floors four and five are where you can eat and work without ever moving your seat.
The layout of these two silent study floors of Lockwood Library allows for individual cubicles around the center of the floor plan. Each cubicle has outlets, an overhead light and cushioned seating. You may get hot-sauce on your homework, but you will have done it all from one cushion in your own cubicle.
Center for the Arts main floor
Students who have visited CFA know the atmosphere and location of the building make it a prime location to eat in peace. Natural light shines in through the ceiling and sleek tile covers the floors. Tables and metal chairs have your back while you enjoy your cold-brew coffee and avocado toast from Seasons.
With Alumni Arena next door and dance majors in house, many athletes may stroll through while you enjoy your meal so you can feel more lazy with every bite.
If the main floor of CFA doesn’t work up your appetite, grab your food and head downstairs. If you walk past the lockers and vending machines, you’ll find a mural with tables and chairs nearby in the generally quiet space.
Davis Hall first floor
Davis Hall is home to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. But more importantly, it has an entire wall made up of windows. Eating at Davis is more than a lunch break, it is people-watching galore. Each floor of Davis has seating in front of the window wall for a great view and loads of sunlight to fuel you for your next class.
You can soak up the sun and your smoothie without having to be outside.
Clemens Hall tenth floor
Clemens Hall is a tall building and the higher up you go, the quieter it gets. The tenth floor consists mostly of faculty offices and hardly any student traffic. A waiting area with padded seating is outside of the elevators. The best part about this location is the view.
You can sit by the windows and see campus and beyond. It’s best in the fall when you have an aerial view of the colored leaves and it’s the best spot on campus for peaceful solitude with a view as long as heights don’t bother you.
Jordana Chazan is a staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.