Best places to study on campus

Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018

Students discuss on sofas at the uOttawa Learning Crossroads (CRX).

Students at Learning Crossroads (CRX)

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.

  • The new Learning Crossroads (CRX) building is one of the best-equipped places on campus to prep for your exams. It has over 1,000 new study spaces and more than a dozen group study rooms. There’s no shortage of comfy spots or USB electrical outlets!
  • The fourth floor of the Morisset Library is the quietest. There are also 25 group study rooms in Morisset that can be reserved for up to three hours.
  • Study spaces at the University Centre include the UCU couch lounge (open 24/7) on the first floor, and a study area and student lounge on the third floor. In addition, students can book three study rooms inDéjà Vu.
  • The third floor of the Social Sciences Building seems to be most popular, but undergrads have 37 study spaces in FSS to choose from on 14 floors. Students in the faculty can reserve FSS group study rooms.
  • The Julien Couture Ressource Center, located on the main floor of Hamelin, is primarily dedicated to French or English as a second language students. However, it's spaces may also be used by other students. There are 2 study rooms, tables with computers and a few sofas.
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.
  • During exam period (April 13 to 26), several classrooms will be temporarily converted into study halls.
  • 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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