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Top study spots on campus

October 10, 2023

As reading week approaches, studying has become more important than ever for preparing for those upcoming midterms and projects. With my schedule giving me optimal free time in between classes (ranging from 3-5 hours of free time between classes), finding the perfect place to study during this time can change my productivity and focus levels. 

If you’re in the same boat as me and are looking for a place to study, I have purposefully searched and discovered optimal study spots to get you up and ready to read through those textbooks and review your notes. Here are my top 4 spaces on the North Oshawa campus for you to explore!

Library Study Rooms

Honestly, you wouldn’t believe how many students are unaware of these absolute gems! For anybody looking for a place to study, the library study rooms are perfect if you’re like me, and the quiet can be a little too much. Located in a secluded area yet still having access to the library’s resources, these rooms are equipped with whiteboards, a table, and chairs, making it comfortable to work alone or with a group of people. And, as the cherry on top, these rooms are not restricted to the library’s volume level, so practicing presentations or speaking to friends is allowed without the need to whisper! To access these rooms, you can book one for yourself or your friends through the library’s website by choosing a room and adding an access password. For group rooms, a minimum of 2 people are needed to confirm the booking, and individual rooms need one person to book and confirm the room.  

SIRC

 That’s it, just SIRC. I’m kidding, but seriously, the SIRC building of the North Oshawa Campus is underrated. Not only is it slightly secluded from the other areas of campus, making it slightly less common to see students there, but they also have comfortable seating on the bottom floor lobby and additional seating on the upper levels. The SIRC building is generally quiet as well, so if I can’t find a spot in the library (as it is usually busy after the morning hours), SIRC’s seating areas are a great alternative to get the peace and quiet I sometimes crave while waiting for my next class.

Lunch tables around campus

In the summer these lunch tables are the perfect areas for studying in groups. Not only are they situated everywhere around campus (and even between Durham College and OTU), but there’s a likelihood that they are empty and free to use! Additionally, since these tables are outdoors, nibbling on snacks from the UB Cafeteria while a calm breeze cools you down is a great combo for hyper-focused studying. However, I would be careful of what I bring to snack on since the bees tend to get hungry too!

UA Fishbowls

In all seriousness, are these actually called fishbowls? Anyway, this study spot is located in the UA building, with two separate areas next to the entrance doors where students can study while using the provided computers (if you’re in UA, this is the area surrounded by large windows, so it’s easy to peep inside and notice if there are any free spots). This area is generally similar to the library, with the slight difference only being that there’s more background noise, which is perfect if noise is a must for optimal focus.

And there you have it! Those are my four recommendations for study spots around the North Campus! In addition to the places I’ve mentioned, I heard of many study areas available in Charles Hall on the Downtown Oshawa campus. So, if you’re ever on campus or have the time, that may be a fun place to explore as well. 

Happy studying! 🙂

By Shrena Khedun