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4 Outdoor Study Gems Around CSU’s Campus

One of the best ways to get a new perspective and rejuvenate a study session is to head outside and get some fresh air. With the spring semester up and running and warmer times around the corner, here are four lesser-known outdoor study locations near Colorado State University’s campus. 

Rainbow Restaurant 

Rainbow Restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo by Mackenzie Pinn | College Avenue Magazine

Located across from campus on W. Laurel Street, the Rainbow Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. The restaurant has indoor seating and an outdoor patio, which has a seating capacity of around 70 people and umbrella-covered tables. 

“We put an emphasis on serving plant-based items. Out patio is beautiful and unique. Our staff is friendly and attentive. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding hospitality,” general manager Daniel Jones say.

If you want to go at a less crowded time, Jones suggests going from 7-9 a.m. and after 1 p.m. For some brain fuel while you study, you could try the Migas Scramble which is one of the most highly requested dishes.

The Colorado Room

Inside The Colorado Room in Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo by Mackenzie Pinn | College Avenue Magazine

This restaurant located along S. College Avenue has both indoor and outdoor accommodations. The outdoor seating area is full of personality with fire pits, a variety of benches, tables and colorful murals that adorn the walls. Christina Bland, who has been to restaurant several times since starting at CSU, gets the steak sliders with sweet potato fries when she visits.

“My favorite aspects of the Colorado Room are its personality and the food,” Bland says. She recommends going the restaurant close to when it opens at 11 a.m. for a quiet and less crowded environment to study in. 

Momo Lolo Coffee Shop 

Momo Lolo Coffee Shop located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo by Mackenzie Pinn | College Avenue

Momo Lolo Coffee is located on W. Elizabeth Street. The inside has the most available seating with limited patio seating as well. Jennifer Montgomery, a junior at CSU, has studied at the coffee shop for over a year now.

“[Momo Lolo] is a good atmosphere to study and focus, but there is a gentle amount of conversation as background noise,” Montgomery says.

The lawn in front of the Colorado State University Center for the Arts

The University Center for the Arts in Fort Collins, Colorado. Photo by Mackenzie Pinn | College Avenue Magazine

The Colorado State University Center for the Arts is located southeast of campus through the underpass that goes beneath S. College Avenue. Although this spot does not have a large supply of tables and chairs, it does have a pavilion that provides shade and an area to sit and study.

The location also has a garden that has flowers which, when in bloom, provide an eye catching and colorful array. When you need a study break, you can go stop and smell the roses.

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