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Lake Charleston

The area around Eastern Illinois has many places that students and locals love. We asked our graduate students to share some of their favorite locations.

Places to study

Jackson Avenue Coffee: "There's always something going on at the Jac, and many of their events raise money to benefit the local and student community. It's also just a really eclectic, interesting place to work on homework, relax, or enjoy some great coffee. "

-Becky, Weller Hall

Common Grounds: "Common Grounds is great because it is far enough away from campus that you can disconnect even though it’s only about a 15 minute drive from EIU. They have great coffee and food, and I always feel very productive there."

-Andie, McKinney Hall

County Market: "County Market is by far my favorite place to study! It's never too busy, has free wi-fi, large tables to work on & it's always quiet. I love it!"

-Tori, Facilities & Residential Life

Places to eat

What's Cooking: "I love What's Cooking because of their strawberry bread and it reminds me of Detroit's Coney Islands. "

-Rishawnda, Ford Hall

Things to do

Fox Ridge: "As someone who loves the outdoors, its so nice to be able to drive a few miles away and feel like you are in a forest! I love going during the fall when all of the leaves are changing and going for a hike."

-Hayley Hanger, University Court

Charleston Lake: "The lake is a great place to disconnect from campus and get into nature. I always find comfort and feel reenergized when I hike the lake."

-Katie Noah, Lincoln Hall