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Academic Campus Life

Spaces and Places on the Academic Campus

Did you know there are over 30 places to put your feet up, hang out with friends, get some studying in, or just sip a cup of coffee on the Academic Campus? No matter what you're looking for, you'll feel at home. Check out our quick guide to the meeting spaces, hang out spots, quiet corners, and outdoor places to take a breath of fresh air between classes.

Guide to Academic Campus Spaces and Places

Academic Campus Dining

The Fens Cafe is located in the Main Campus Building on the academic campus. Here you can find just what you're looking for in the middle of your busy class schedule. The Fens offers favorites like grilled steak tips, chicken quesadillas, pizza, veggie calzones, a deli, and an extensive salad bar. Don't have time to wait? The Fens Cafe has a great selection of grab-and-go items to hit the spot even when you're on the run!

Meyers Cafe, located on the ground floor of Lefavour Hall on the academic campus, features fair trade and organically grown coffee from Pura Vida, a 100% charitably owned company which uses all of its resources to help benefit at-risk children and their families in coffee-growing countries. You can choose from a variety of house-made lunch specialties as a perfect compliment to your coffee.

Common Grounds Cafe, located in the College Center of the Main Campus Building, offers coffee, teas, lattés, espresso, coffee specialty drinks as well as pastries and freshly prepared sandwiches. Grab a coffee and bagel on the way to class or curl up in one of the many couches with a latte and your study materials.

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Operated by Barnes & Noble, the Simmons Bookstore carries all required textbooks (new and used), as well as supplemental materials, for each semester's course work. The Bookstore's merchandise includes a complete line of school supplies, fiction and non-fiction (including Simmons authors, best sellers, classics, and children's literature), magazines, residence hall supplies, health and beauty aids, snacks and beverages, and caps and gowns, as well as Simmons emblematic merchandise, clothing, and other gifts.

The Bookstore offers part-time employment opportunities to students seeking extra income. Students who work in the store receive a discount on purchases and can work in a temporary position at the beginning of the semester or stay on and work the entire semester.

Location and contact info

The Simmons Bookstore is located on the lower level of the Main College Building in MCB, Room C-001. Contact the Bookstore at (617) 521-2054, or visit

Bookstore hours

Store hours are extended, as posted, during special events and Move-In Weekend. Please contact the Bookstore at 617-521-2365, by email at, or online at for further details.

Regular hours during the academic year are:

Day(s) Hours
Mon - Thurs: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

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Limited parking for Simmons is available on the Main Academic Campus, which is accessible from Avenue Louis Pasteur.

Although parking is available on campus, it is a scarce resource so we encourage the Simmons community to use Boston's excellent public transportation system or expore other commuting alternatives.

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