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7 best places to nap at UBC

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Simran Singh Sep 08, 2016 1:37 pm

Let’s get real, knowing where to nap on campus is important information. You may feel well rested now, but within the next few months, you’ll be pulling those all-nighters and struggling to study for those midterms.

Luckily, UBC is a big campus with many good places to catch a few Zs. The next time you’re in need of a snooze, head to one of these spots, curl up into a ball, and nap away all of that school stress.

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1. Aquatic Centre 


The aquatic centre has everything required for a good nap. It’s quiet, warm, and there is plenty of ample seating to get your nap on. 

2. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre 

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In order to nap well, you need comfort. At Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (also known as IKB) there are plenty of well-cushioned large chairs that will optimize your nap comfort. Pro-tip: IKB tends to fill up fast, especially during rainy days and mid-term season. So, make sure you get there early to snag a prime nap-spot.

3. Walter C. Koerner Library 

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The dark and dingy basement of this library can make for a decent nap space. Koerner Library is filled with not-so-comfortable desks and chairs, so don’t expect anything luxurious. But when times are tough, and you need that 20-minute power nap, we’re sure you’ll make due with what this library basement has to offer. 

4. Liu Institute for Global Issues 

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If you’re looking for a prime location to actually take a good nap without being disrupted, the Liu Institute for Global Issues is the place to go. There aren’t usually too many students in this building and it has a great lounge that makes for a prime nap location. However, it is best to avoid this space during lunch time as hungry grad students appear and probably do not want to see you taking a snooze in their lounge.

5. Buchanan 

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While trying to navigate your way through this confusing building, you may come across an empty room where you can take a seriously good nap. This is a good nap location if you have class in the late afternoon because that is when many rooms in Buchanan are empty.

6. The Nest 

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One of newest buildings on campus, the NEST is usually busy. But if you’re there at the right time you may come across an empty chair where you take a decent nap .

7.  Get creative

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If you are a die-hard napper you know that you can catch some Zs anywhere. An empty bench on Main Mall , a staircase, the Rose Garden— you can make it work. Here’s to hoping that UBC will follow the lead of BCIT and get some sleep pods on campus.

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Simran Singh
Simran is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She enjoys writing about culture, society, and politics. In her spare time, she drinks too much coffee and listens to a lot of Beyoncé. Have a story idea? Email her: [email protected]

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