Exploration: Columbia & Careers || Part 2

This is a continuation of a previous blog post about exploring all Columbia has to offer while you are in school here at Mizzou!


For the studious ones||

The Grind Coffee House: The Grind is a great spot to get away from campus and crank down on some studying. The coffee is reasonably priced and they have smoothies and sandwiches as well. Their Spotify playlists are also on point.
Location: 1, 4603 John Garry Dr, Columbia, MO 65203
Distance from Mizzou: 7 minute drive
Website: https://www.thecolumbiagrind.com/

Lakota: Lakota is the coziest coffee shop in town. If you are looking for a silent place to study, think, or read, this is the place for you!
Location: 24 S 9th St, Columbia, MO 65201
Distance from Mizzou: 3 minute drive, walkable
Website: https://www.lakotacoffee.com/

Fretboard: Fretboard is hidden within an alley in downtown Columbia, but once you find it, you will fall in love with the snug atmosphere and their eclectic variety of coffee.
Location: 1013 E Walnut St, Columbia, MO 65201
Distance from Mizzou: 3 minute drive, walkable
Website: http://www.fretboardcoffee.com/

Shortwave uses coffee beans from around the world to roast the most delicious blends. This half inside/half outside coffee shop will not leave you disappointed.
Location: 915 Alley A, Columbia, MO 65201
Distance from Mizzou: 3 minute drive, walkable
Website: http://www.shortwavecoffee.com/


For the athletes (& those who just like to be active!)||

Francis Quadrangle: The Quad is home to the columns as well as a symbol of Tiger heritage and tradition. People come here to study, throw around a football or eat Chipotle from across the street. Be sure to bring a blanket!
Location: Francis Quadrangle, Columbia, MO 65211
Distance from Mizzou: On campus
Website: http://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/directory/francis-quadrangle/

Stankowski: If you’re looking for a place to play soccer, complete a run, or start a volleyball tournament, Stank is the place to be.
Location: Stankowski Field, Columbia, MO 65212
Distance from Mizzou: On campus
Website: https://www.mizzourec.com/facilities/outdoor/stankowski/

Cosmo Park: Cosmo is your one stop shop for any sort of physical activity. With softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, fishing lakes and golf courses, you can satisfy all your sporting needs.
Location: 1615 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202
Distance from Mizzou: 7 minute drive
Website: https://www.como.gov/parksandrec/park/columbia-cosmopolitan-recreation-area/

Stephens Lake Park: Stephens Park contains a paved path around a beautiful lake, with pavilions and fields scattered throughout. Stephens is perfect for serene walks or group sports.
Location: 2001 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
Distance from Mizzou: 4 minute drive
Website: https://www.como.gov/parksandrec/park/stephens-lake-park/


For a night (in or out) ||

Movie nights: Take advantage of the public spaces in your residence halls. Grab some friends, snag an HTMI chord, pop some popcorn and watch a movie. This is also a great way to meet new people! Who doesn’t love a chill night in?

Late night: Rollins Dining Hall opens doors from 9:00pm-12:00pm and sells wings, pizza and an array of other junk food. You can use your swipes to purchase things and either eat there or take the food somewhere to watch the stars, chat with friends or study in your dorm.

Virginia Avenue Parking Garage: Ladies and gentleman this is probably the most underrated thing to do at Mizzou, but easily my favorite thing about my freshman year. Sunsets on top of VAPS are unbeatable and a great thing to do if you need to clear your head, hang with friends or toss around the old hacky sack!