Quiet Study Spaces Beyond the Dorms

First-year students often inquire about spaces for quiet reflection and studying beyond the Yard. Despite the urban feel of Cambridge, there are a number of spaces – both on-campus and off – that past students say are perfect for reading, studying, or recharging. On campus, the Memorial Church, John F. Kennedy Park, and Harvard Divinity School’s Emerson and Andover Chapels offer respite. The Divinity School, located on north campus, also boasts a grassy quadrangle and labyrinth for reflection. Further afield are locations such as Fresh Pond, the Charles River Reservation and Esplanade, Boston’s historic public garden, and Harvard’s own Arnold Arboretum.