Where to study during the pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and campus regulations, studying has become more difficult. Luckily, there are still COVID safe places that offer both protected and clean spaces and free Wi-Fi.  Here are several alternate study places that are not your home or campus.


The Gathering Place:

There are several relaxing and reclining seating locations near Peggy’s Pond and Mist Mountain. (Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister)

The Gathering Place is located at 2650 S. John Williams Way (on Riverside Drive) and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. There are several buildings that allow you to social distance if you choose. Masks are required inside every building but are optional for any outdoor seating. Every building has free Wi-Fi for guests, but there is not Wi-Fi available throughout the whole park. There is no required cost, but you can visit the Redbud Cafe in Williams Lodge near the entrance of the park. Because of the popularity of the café, it can get crowded making it harder to find seating and wall outlets are limited. Overall though it offers the most variety for students for safe distance learning. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week. You can visit its website at gatheringplace.org for a park map and important updates.

According to the Gathering Place website, Williams Lodge “is one of two iconic buildings… (this one) with eclectic furnishings” at the park. (Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister)

Double Shot:

Double Shot, 1633 S. Boulder Ave., is a locally owned coffee shop in downtown Tulsa. The coffee shop provides both indoor and outdoor seating and free Wi-Fi for guests. The establishment offers both in-house prepared pastry and drink options all brewed and made great for coffee lovers. This would not be the best option for those who do not plan on spending money. For a coffee shop, it offers a lot of seating making it easy to social distance.  The business is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can visit its website at doubleshotcoffee.com for more information.

Woodward Park:

Woodward Park offers walking paths along beautifully landscaped grounds and a small stream(that are especially bright and vibrant with colorful flowers during warmer weather). (Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister)

If you are wanting to avoid the indoors all together, there is Woodward Park, 2435 S. Peoria Ave. The park is near Utica Ave with beautiful flower gardens and pathways. This is a great place to study on pretty days. There is no Wi-Fi at the park, and there is very little seating, which could make it difficult, but there is plenty of space to spread out away from people. Woodward Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors while studying.

Gypsy Coffee House:

Gypsy Coffee House has indoor and outdoor seating that is great for those who love a more artistic abstract place to study. (Photo by Anna Fuhrmeister)

Gypsy Coffee House, 303 N. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd., is another locally owned coffee shop downtown. It offers a variety of drinks making it great for everyone. There is free Wi-Fi for guests, and masks are required inside. If you are there on a Tuesday night, you will have the chance to listen to original music by area artists while studying. Because the shop is smaller, there is less room to spread out, but the outdoor seating works great for those wanting a lot of distance between people.