Sometimes life in residence can get pretty hectic in first year. The constant flow of people outside your door might make you eventually wonder, “doesn’t anybody have any work to do?!” Do not fret new Mustangs, I’m here to help you figure out where your best study places on campus are. That way, when your work is done for the day, you can go join your fellow floor mates in doing absolutely nothing.
Campus is full of libraries. Some of them are easy to find, like the large concrete block of a building we call Weldon Library (or Club Weldon), and others not so much. However, all of them offer great study spots. It’s up to you to find out which one you like best.
The D.B Weldon Library & Allyn and Betty Taylor Library
These two libraries are the biggest and busiest undergrad libraries on campus. Conveniently located right in the heart of their respective faculties, they libraries are always bustling with students no matter the time of year.
Pros – These libraries are large enough to accommodate both big groups and individuals. Designated noise level floors make these libraries applicable to all types of studiers.
Cons – The high traffic rates mean that it can be difficult to find study spots. During exam time, make sure you get to the library by 9 am or else you’ll be searching for a spot for a long time.
Kings University College Library, Brescia University College Library, Huron College Library
The affiliate college libraries are study spots main campus students might not think of right away. To those of you who are wondering; yes, you can use these libraries.
Pros - They are great libraries which are often less busy than the higher traffic main campus libraries. The Huron Library Reading Room feels like a study space out of Hogwarts and both Brescia and King's have modern libraries which are also great for group studying.
Cons - They are a little way off from campus. You’ll have to make time in your day to get to these libraries (especially King's) and you’ll probably want to stay there for a while.
“Hidden Gems” - C.B “Bud” Johnston Library (Business), John and Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library, Education Library, Music Library
These are the graduate libraries which are all hidden around campus. These libraries are seriously low key and sometimes hard to find. But with the proper map in hand these libraries are real hidden gems.
Pros - Often way less crowded and much more quiet, these libraries are the perfect study spot for someone who needs pin-drop silence in order to study. Don’t be afraid to check out these libraries; just because they are meant for graduates does not mean they are accessible for you too!
Cons – Being specialized in specific graduate studies, these libraries do not have the wide range of textbooks on hand like the undergrad libraries do. However, with some extra planning before-hand this shouldn’t be much of a problem!
Non-Conventional Study Spots
It’s important to understand that you do not have to limit your studying strictly to the library. As you explore the campus you will find that there are tons of study spots right outside your classroom!
Social Sciences Centre
Located next to the UCC and connected to it by tunnels, you can’t miss this building near the centre of campus. It is extremely large and most students taking social science classes will find themselves in this building at least once.
Pros – The size of this building means that there are many study spots to be found. The first three floors have designated study areas but if you explore around the building, specifically where the professors’ offices are located, you will find some secluded study spots as well. Underground tunnels connecting to the UCC and Weldon Library also make this building an asset on cold or rainy days.
Cons – This building is the heart of the faculty of social science, so many students will be using these study spots in between classes all year round.
North Campus Building
Located right next to Delaware Hall, this building is pretty modern and houses Science and Faculty of Information and Media Studies offices.
Pros – Since it is a newer building, it is a lot easier to find a spot with a power outlet next to it compared to other study locations on campus. Also, this building is not as high traffic as the main libraries or the SSC so you can study in relative peace.
Cons – There are not many spots to study in. The second floor has a nice little section that you can snag, but other than that you are basically studying in the cafeteria of the building.
Arts and Humanities Building
The Arts and Humanities building is – you guessed it – the heart for all Arts and Humanities students. This building is located near the top of UC Hill.
Pros – There is a designated study area on the first floor which means that you can usually find a seat easily. And, if it's busy you can go next door to the International and Graduate Affairs Building which has a decent-sized study space as well. If you want a quiet spot to study, this may be the place for you.
Cons – Although there are food options less than a five-minute walk away, there is no cafeteria in this building. This means that those study break munchies involve packing your things, or getting a friend to watch over them, while you head on over to the nearest Tim's.
The UCC is the heart of Western. The Spoke and Wave, Centre Spot, the Gazette, CHRW, the University Students’ Council offices and so much more are all located here.
Pros – The second and third floors, as well as the Mustang Lounge, are all pretty good study spots. Being located in the centre of campus it’s usually pretty easy to get there and you have the largest selection of food close to you. When you are done studying and want to wind down, grab a beer at the Spoke with your friends and if it's Thursday, play Spoke trivia!
Cons – Very. Busy. Although the third floor is a bit quieter than others, its usually hard to find a quiet study spot. So for those of you who need complete silence when studying this might not be the place for you.
Physics and Astronomy Building
Some fondly call it PandA. Many people don't think about studying in this building but the converted courtyard makes it a gorgeous study spot.
Pros – This building is usually pretty quiet. Located right in front of Natural Sciences, you can find study spots in the building's atrium or empty classrooms. Also there are a lot of power outlets to keep your electronics charged up. Grabbing food from the Nat Sci cafeteria is also convenient in the winter if you use the tunnel connecting the buildings.
Cons – Although you can usually find something since it is not busy, the number of study spaces available is lacking. Also, no eateries in the building itself except some vending machines.
Any open classroom … Anywhere!
Open classrooms are, in my opinion, the best study spots on campus. You may not have a lot of success trying to snag a classroom during the day, but on nights and weekends, open classrooms are students’ best friends.
Pros – You can go alone or with a big group of friends, it doesn’t matter because you can keep the noise level at whatever you choose! The big white boards that you can use to write on are also a plus. The likelihood of finding one is pretty high considering the number of classrooms on campus. Finally, your options are endless — Middlesex College, Somerville House, Talbot College — the choice is yours!
Cons – There is the potential of getting kicked out by a group or club who may have rented out the classroom you are in. However, this usually happens in the UCC basement so if you can snag a classroom in any other building on campus you are probably good for the day. On rare occasions, the building staff may also make you leave if they have to lock the room for security reasons.
While this isn't an exhaustive list of all the study places you can find, it's a start. We recommend exploring campus, trying out different study spots and figuring out what works best for you!