It’s a Tuesday. You’ve eaten all the snacks packed for lunch already. The Math 221 exam you just bombed and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to study for has made your head hurt. Worst of all, Bascom Hill stands between you and your next class. With just one little nap, your day could get a lot easier, but where do you turn?
Not saying I’ve been in this exact situation before, but I’ve had my fair share of naps on campus. There’s no shame in plucking down in the nearest desk to catch up on some shut eye. Just for you, I’ve used a totally scientific way to score all the napping locations based on privacy, comfort, and quiet on a scale of one to ten.
So no more stalling, here’s the top four places to nap on campus.
4. The Hidden Couches at the SAC
Comfort: 7 Privacy: 4 Quiet: 6 = Sleeping Score 17
On the fourth floor of the SAC there are couches in both back corners. They are super comfy, but they are pretty popular and can be difficult to find empty. They are also surrounded by a couple of desks/tables, so you have to be comfortable with napping by a couple of people.
Basically, the SAC couches are a pretty good nap spot.. if you can get them.
3. 2nd Floor Backroom at the Merit Library
Comfort: 5 Privacy: 7 Quiet: 8 = Sleeping Score 20
This spot is so secret I couldn’t even find a picture of it, so this gif of an adorable puppy in need of a nap will have to do instead.
Merit Library is located in the the 3rd and 4th floors of Teacher Education building (NOT just the general Education building). In the back corner of the third floor, behind the bathrooms is a designated quiet study room. This room has some really comfy chairs leather chairs. Nine out of ten times I’ve checked, there has been no one in there.I gave this a low comfort rating simply because there are chairs and not couches. Easily one of the better spots to nap, and it’s more in the middle of campus. Easy to get to no matter where you are!
2. The Stacks at the Memorial Library
Comfort: 3 Privacy: 10 Quiet: 9 = Sleeping Score 22
The stacks at Memorial Library are on almost every floor. Nestled throughout the stacks are “cages”. Each cage has a desk, a personal light, and an eerie looking cage door.
Cages are the perfect spot if you are looking for a quiet private place to nap the afternoon away. However, you have to be able to fall asleep in the sitting position. Maybe bring your own little pillow or MacGyver your sweatshirt into a lump for your head. The cages can be your mid-day savior.
1. The 10th Floor Couch at the Microbial Sciences Building
Comfort: 6 Privacy: 7 Quiet: 8 = Sleeping Score 21
On the tenth floor of the Microbial Sciences Building is a lone couch. It is pretty secluded because there’s not much up there except a few staff members that pass by. For that reason, it is also pretty quiet. The couch itself is comfy, but not very long. I’m only 5’2”, and I can’t even stretch my legs out straight.
One whole wall of the Microbial Sciences Building is a window which will give you some great views, but awful napping light. All in all, this spot is rarely taken, and it a good bet when you need to get some shut eye.
If you feel like being nice and giving up the location of your favorite napping spot, please let us know where! If you’ve napped in one of these locations and think my rating is whack let us know too! If my math is wrong, please feel free to point and laugh. Comment below, or as always tweet at me (@SierraLivesey).