Best places to study on campus

Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Students studying at a table

Students studying in Desmarais Hall.

With exams approaching and essays due, you don’t want to have to worry about finding great study spaces. The Gazette helps cut out the guesswork with this list, leaving you more time to hit the books. Care to share your own favourite spot? Drop us a line at gazette@uOttawa.ca and we’ll add it to the list.

A stack of books under a lamp.

The Brian Dickson Law Library

  • The “red zone” of the Brian Dickson Law Library has a no-noise policy (where "speaking in a non-whisper tone is practically illegal," according to one Reddit user). The library has a charging station for Apple and Android devices in Room 419A, and law students can reserve group study rooms on the fifth floor of FTX.
  • The two student lounges on the main floor of Tabaret in the hallway leading to Huguette Labelle Hall often have space. One of them also has a pleasant electric fireplace. (A third lounge is temporarily housing the Regional Mentoring Centre.)
  • The 24/7 Dining Hall has plenty of space to spread out the books for a serious study session, with food to keep fuelled close at hand.
  • The walkway connecting Hamelin and Simard (above the “bat cave”) is flooded with natural light and usually quiet enough to catch a few students napping.
  • The Faculty of Education Resource Centre (LMX 203) is a pleasant space and open to all students. The second floor of Lamoureux also has tables along one wall and private study rooms with whiteboards along the other.
  • SITE always has free space for studying.
  • The second floor of Desmarais has student lounges and study spaces.
  • Starbucks in Desmarais is usually bustling, but if you get there early enough you should be able to find a spot to break out the books while you keep caffeinated. Or look for study space in one of the other caffeine hot spots on campus and nearby.

When all else fails,­­ or you just prefer your own space, go home. There’s something to be said for the makeshift office space all students create for themselves somewhere.

A skyway with chairs along the side and windowed walls and ceilings.

The skyway connecting Hamelin and Simard.

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