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Newman Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Amherst has tons of places to study, but an overlooked place that not every student knows about is the Newman Center, which is located right next to the Isenberg School of Management. I wish that I had known about this facility as a freshman because now I go there to study and get work done on a weekly basis. Here are some of the reasons why the Newman Center is the perfect location to study.

Plenty of Space

Whether I'm working by myself or on a group project, the Newman Center has plenty of seats to accommodate everyone. The area is set up like a gigantic cafeteria, well-equipped with booths and round, long, and high tables. No matter what kind of seating situation you prefer, the facility is bound to have it for you and your friends.

The Food

One issue students commonly face during a long study period — and I know this happens to me — is hunger. At the Newman Center, there is a cafe open on a daily basis, and they serve a variety of foods and drinks. You can use your dining dollars here, so it’s the perfect pit stop to refuel. From breakfast, lunch, or snacks, the cafe is sure to have something for everyone.   

The Internet

Sometimes the internet connection on the UMass campus can be a bit finicky due to all of the students and online traffic. The Newman Center has its own dedicated WiFi connection and for me, it works seamlessly. There were many times I went there to take timed online quizzes and exams just to be safe that the internet connection was good. If being well-connected is important for your assignment, the Newman Center has you covered.  


I can’t even count the number of times I was studying with a group of people where we got burned out from staring at our computer screens. In this case, we took a break and played ping-pong because the Newman Center has multiple tables for anyone to use. It’s the perfect remedy for those long time spans where you are just hunched over doing coursework.

The Newman Center is a fantastic place to study and get some work done alone or with friends. Many students think it’s only a church, but it has a lot more to offer. I’m extremely glad I found this spot this year because it is now my go-to area when I need to study!


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