After a stressful exam or a long day, or for those times when you need to take a deep breath and a short break, it can be refreshing to find a quiet space for yourself.
Whether you want to sit with a book, listen to some music or a podcast, or anything else (catnap, anyone?), here’s a list of some of the best places on campus to decompress—because you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) spend all your time at the library, in your dorm room, or in class.
A classic—and for a reason. My favourite spot is above the Rose Garden because you get a fantastic view of the mountains (clouds notwithstanding), and there’s always a slight and refreshing breeze.
It’s a bit of a walk to get there, but it’s worth it if you have the time to spare. It’s also large enough that you will have no trouble finding a space to yourself, and (as long as you dress warmly) it’s a beautiful place to visit year round.
There’s a pond in the back area of the University Centre with some nice seating, and it’s in a quiet part of campus so you don’t have to worry about too many disruptions.
Hear me out…this building is one of the newest and most beautiful on campus, and it has tons of seating and quiet corners. If you visit a bit later in the day (when it’s less busy), it’s a great place to get comfy and relax.
Another classic. As a student, you get in for free, so take advantage and make a point to visit Nitobe early in the year. It may just become your favourite place on campus.
The Reconciliation Pole was installed in 2017 in a traditional Haida manner. Around the pole you’ll find plenty of grass and benches to sit on—it’s a great place to relax and take a moment of quiet thoughtfulness with yourself. There’s a lot to take in and ponder around the pole, or you can just sit under the sun in one of the most beautiful and peaceful areas of campus.
Any coffee shop
Explore a bit, try a few different places, and find one that works for you to study, eat, or just take a break. My personal favorites are JJ Bean and Great Dane. Some cafes don’t love it if you spend too much time there, but go during quieter hours (I recommend after 5:00 pm if you really want some quiet), buy something cheap, and you can stay for a while.
It’s healthy to spend time alone sometimes, and it’s always a good idea to listen to your body’s needs.