A Comprehensive Guide to Free Food During Finals Week


I think we can all agree on the universal truth that exams are The Worst. The good news is that only one more round of exams stands between you and summer break. You can do this!

If you’re feeling a bit low on motivation to get through your final finals, don’t sweat it. Norris has your back with a week of stress-reducing Exam Relief activities.

On the Sunday before Exam Week, June 10, release all of your frustrations with the Primal Scream. No matter where you are on campus, you can join in on this 36-year-old Northwestern tradition. All you have to do is scream at 9 p.m. Super easy and so satisfying.

To help you unwind for the rest of your evening, come to Norris Ground Floor from 8–10 p.m. to grab a free emoji pillow from NU Nights and Norris. Bring it over to University Library for a cozy night of studying and to score some free coffee or tea for a midnight pick-me-up.

Few things are more relaxing than a good massage. Good news: There will be free massages from 7–9 p.m. on June 11 in Norris’ Wildcat Room. Grad students can get their free massages in the Wildcat Room from 3–5 p.m. on June 12.

As college students, Exam Week’s biggest redeeming factor (aside from all the cool stuff going on at Norris) is the seemingly endless free food. So here’s your guide to exactly where you can snag free food this finals week:

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  • Refuel for your night of studying with donuts, ice cream, and chips at the Happyfood Snack Break from 10–11 p.m. on Norris Ground Floor;

  • Chow down on an Afternoon Snack hosted by Campus Life in the Source (Norris third floor) at 2 p.m. on June 11 and 12;

  • Find healthy snacks on Norris Ground Floor from 10–11 p.m. on June 11;

  • Channel your inner Ron Swanson at fan favorite Big Late Night Breakfast, which will return at 11 p.m. on Norris Ground Floor on June 12;

  • And close out the week with Bagels! Bagels! Bagels! from 10–11 p.m. on the Norris Ground Floor on June 13 to celebrate another successful Exam Week in the books.

After all the hours of work you’ve put in, the last thing you need to worry about is a last-minute laptop crash. Northwestern Information Technology (NUIT) will host Laptop ER right in University Library 1704! From June 11–13 between 11 a.m.–8 p.m., NUIT can help solve your crunchtime tech issues without even leaving the library.

Norris is open all week until midnight, and you can print for free on the ground floor! Be sure to take advantage of those awesome perks to make your finals week a bit more manageable. Together, we can get through this.

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