Late night studiers were collectively horrified when Huntsman Hall, a 24–hour staple, announced that it would now close at 2 a.m. A new question arose—what would replace it? Yeah, there’s always the VP basement or the comfort of your own room, but if those aren’t your style, don’t worry—somewhere on campus, there is the perfect 24/7 option to fit all your study needs.
If you have an exam coming up:
David Rittenhouse Laboratory
If you spend most of your days at DRL anyways, why not spend your nights there too! DRL, like most of the mathematics and engineering buildings, is always open. Set up shop in one of its many classrooms. There are few distractions in the building so you can get into the grind and get things done. And pulling an all–nighter there means a quicker commute to your 8 a.m. recitation.
If you’re a foodie:
Broad Street Diner
1135 S Broad St.
Studying and a grumbling stomach don’t mix. Bring your textbooks over to Broad Street Diner, a 24/7 staple in Center City. Enjoy greasy favorites at this spot that has been around since the '60s. Even though it’s a bit of a trek to get there, it’ll be worth it for the coffee, all–day and all–night breakfast, and the classic diner vibes.
If you like studying with a view:
High Rise Study Lounges
Stay conveniently on—campus, or in this case, above campus, by nesting in one of the rooftop study lounges available in all three high–rises: Harnwell, Harrison, and Rodin. The lounges feature plenty of tables, outlets, and couches. The walls feature floor to ceiling windows, which give you sweeping views of the city. If you’re not a resident and want to arrive after 2 am, you’ll have to have a friend sign you in, but calling someone for the favor will definitely pay off.
If you’re working on a project:
Addams Art Studios
If you need some inspiration for a project, or just a great place to work in an expansive space, look no further than the art studios at the Charles Addams Fine Arts Hall. All the studios (photography, sculpture, design, etc.) are open 24/7 for students working on projects, but you don’t have to be an art student to take advantage. Anyone can use the many resources the space provides.
If you need a caffeine fix:
125 S 40th St.
After Starbucks, Pret, and Saxby’s close, there’s still one coffee spot going strong. Dunkin’ on 40th St. provides a late night caffeine fix during your study all–nighters. In addition to coffee, this location has plenty of tables to spread out all your work on.
If you’re feeling nostalgic:
Yes, we know, McClelland is for freshman, and no one has the fondest memory of the dining hall. But honestly, I think we’re sleeping on it. McClelland offers plenty of workspaces, group study rooms, and even couches and a TV if you need a break. Plus, it’ll remind you of your first finals season, and how far you’ve come since.