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Best Places to Nap On Campus

We all have those days when a nap is just necessary, but being stranded on campus in between classes can make napping impossible. Check out my list of spots to catch some z’s on campus and take that well-deserved Tuesday afternoon power nap conveniently and comfortably!

Business Building

In addition to being one of Penn State’s most impressive buildings in every other aspect, the Business Building is a prime spot to take a power nap between classes. The abundance of couches and comfortable chairs, especially in the main atrium, provide premium comfort for the avid napper, and noise is generally not an issue. Also, the design of the building gives it an endless amount of nooks that are usually accompanied by a random chair or couch.

The raised mall next to Thomas Building

Besides the chaos of classes changing, this always-sunny spot provides an oasis of lush grass right in the heart of campus. The grass patch is large enough for you to spread out as much as you wish, yet small enough to prevent a large crowd from distracting you from the task at hand.


While it certainly is among the busiest areas on campus, the HUB provides plenty of chances to sleep off your lunch from Panda or Chick-Fil-A. Grab a chair facing the windows looking out onto Pollock Road and stretch your feet out, or move away from all the hustle and bustle and find one of the cozy nooks located all throughout the building.

Old Main lawn, HUB lawn, and the quads

These are the classic areas to lounge between classes, though the HUB lawn has fallen victim to construction (which means lots of noise). I recommend you bring a blanket to lay on and use your sweatshirt as a pillow for the optimal napping experience in these locations. If you plan on napping in the East Halls quad during “East Beach season,” I highly suggest you set up far away from those guys throwing a football and the girls with the iHome.

Other suggestions:

  • The Earth & Mineral Sciences Library, where “the one couch there feels like clouds” according to Onward State’s own Dan Vecellio. I’ll admit, I love meteorology humor.
  • The couches located on the third floor of Keller Building (thanks to @fdoyle11 for this one)
  • The Law Building and surrounding grassy area (thanks to @JayPobz , who also helped me come up with this post idea)
  • Although it only exists for seven weeks in the fall, Paternoville provides a quiet and secluded atmosphere during class hours.
  • The lounge across from Sisu in Waring (West) Commons has some nice couches, though it can get loud during lunch hours.
  • The couches in the lobby of the Nittany Lion Inn (thanks to @MikeHiggzPSU)


Where are your favorite places to nap? Comment below!

About the Author

John Tecce

John is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He currently serves as the President of the Paternoville Coordination Committee and as a THON Chair for Nittany Nation. He tweets a lot.


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