10 Best Places to Cry When You Can’t Even at the University of Texas at Austin

Ever feel like the crushing weight of college and maintaining a decent GPA is just too much to handle? Do you need a comfortable place to cry, a home away from home? Hopefully, these spots will provide you with some solace on the forty acres.

1. The Quortyard

If you’re ever crying on the North side of the campus, I highly recommend checking out the Quortyard, which is located in the middle of the Honors Quad. From the luscious lawn to the peaceful atmosphere, this site is certainly cathartic.

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2. The Mary E. Gearing Hall Patio

The south side of the Mary E. Gearing Hall contains a small yet delightfully scenic patio with a clear view of the tower. Its simplicity provides a friendly ambience that is good for emotional healing.

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3.  Anywhere in the Belo Center for New Media (BMC) 

This communication building is so loud that you can cry almost anywhere in it and go by completely unnoticed. The constant murmur of people is as comforting as the many comfy chairs that fill each floor.

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4.  The Hammocks in between the SAC and Greg 

If you’re going to cry, you might as well do so wrapped in the warmth of a hammock gently swaying in the breeze. Why shouldn’t you take advantage of these cozy hammocks outside of Greg?

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5. The SAC Rooftop

The SAC rooftop is home to Skyspace, the campus’ well-renowned naked-eye observatory. This area will give you a nice, open environment where you can release all of your anxiety in a fit of tears and go by relatively unnoticed.

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6. The Welch Courtyard

If you’re feeling emotional and want to be somewhere relatively open yet secluded by the public eye, try coming here. This centrally-located spot is home to many sitting areas that will allow you to cry as much as your heart desires.

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7. The Norman Hackerman Building (NHB) 3rd Floor Balcony

This plant-filled balcony is a great place to cry if you need some fresh air and would like to see some aesthetically pleasing greenery. Plus, it’s great for people-watching since it overlooks W 24th Street and Speedway.

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8. Greg’s Racquetball Courts

If you feel like crying and you need to take the edge off, take a trip to the racquetball courts at Gregory Gymnasium. Hitting the ball as hard as possible can be unexpectedly therapeutic for an emotional outbreak.

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9. Any comfy couch in the Union

If you need to cry, sitting down in one of the Texas Union’s many cozy spots is a must. The Union is littered with couches and comfy chairs on just about every floor.

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10. UT Counseling and Mental Health Center (SSB, 5th floor)

Your mental health is important so don’t hesitate if you’re thinking about talking to the center’s supportive staff. Not only will they accept your tears but they will help you work through the struggles of being a college student.

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