#YUBlog’s Five Favourite Study Spots

Posted by Shahroze Rauf on December 6, 2018

Student Life

After you’re finished class, you probably just head home as soon as you’re free to go. The only issue is that you know that you won’t get anything done once you get to relax at home. York is just full of people everywhere, so there isn’t a single place on campus for you to get your work done, right? Wrong! We’ve gone out and done some research to help you get your work done on campus without having to sit in the loud student centre or Vari Hall, which is usually filled with campus clubs advertising bake sales. Here are #YUBlog’s five favourite study spots on Keele Campus.

Check out our best study tips in our previous post “The Lion Pride Study and Assignment Guide

Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, formerly known as TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning)

The second floor of the Victor Phillip Dandaleh Building.

With multiple floors and designated study spots, the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building is considered one of the top study spots at Keele campus. When you enter the building, you’ll see the TEL Café, as you’ll find in our previous post “On-Campus Neighbourhood Shopping Options”. The great thing about this building is that there are open areas for groups to meet, so you don’t have to worry about keeping your voices low. For those that prefer a quiet area to study, the building has four floors in which two are relatively quiet and have many seating areas available for you to study.

The best spot in this building to find a quiet place to study is the lower basement floor where there are multiple seating areas that are perfect for individual work. You can also find a few seating options on the second floor. While it is not as quiet as the basement floor, it still has a few areas for you to get some work done.

Steacie Science and Engineering Library


The Steacie Science and Engineering Library is an ideal study spot. It is usually never as packed as the others, so you likely will not face any challenges finding a comfortable place to study – especially leading up to and during the exam period where it feels like it is nearly impossible to find a good place to sit on campus. There are many areas to pick from, whether it is for individual or collaborative studying.

There are also many private group rooms available for students to book ahead of time. Steacie also offers many computers available for students to use and there is a huge book inventory on the main and lower level. If you prefer to work in solitude, you can find a much quieter and private area to study in the library’s lower floor which offers many private pods.

William Small Centre Computing Commons

Pro Tip: Having trouble finding these study spots? Navigate your way using the Interactive Map!

The William Small Centre Computing Commons is an ideal study spot for students who need a computer to use or need a private group study room. It’s usually never as packed as other spots, so it is ideal during busy seasons. If you’re studying with friends, there are multiple group rooms available for students to use, but really the best part about this study spot is how many computers are available. Also, this spot is conveniently located right next to the only Tim Hortons that offers the full food menu on Keele campus.

The Life Sciences Building

The Life Sciences Learning Common

It may look like it’s made of Lego from the outside, but trust me when I tell you, the Life Sciences building is truly a hidden gem on Keele campus. One of the newer buildings at York, it boasts long and wide hallways walled with full windows and cushioned seats – a nice spot to open up a laptop and just relax or work for a couple of minutes. If you’re looking to get some heavy-duty work done, head to room 104 at the Life Sciences Learning Common. With numerous seats, tables, outlets, and even sofas in the corner, you’re bound to finish that assignment you might have been leaving to the last minute. It’s quiet, clean, new, and only a five-minute walk away from that Tim Hortons at William Small Centre we talked about – so grab a snack while you’re at it, you deserve it!

Nellie Langford Rowell Women’s Studies Library

You can find the opening hours for the Nellie Langford Rowell Women’s Studies Library here.

It might not look like much, but the Nellie Langford Rowell Women’s Studies Library is a hidden jewel. It’s quiet, small, and with tall bookshelves surrounding you, you’re bound to get some much-needed work done! Not to mention it isn’t the most popular place, which means there’s more private space for you to stretch out and relax. Well, hopefully after this post it stays “unpopular.” Regardless, it is a great place to focus and get all those overdue – I mean, assignments that you totally put aside enough time for – done!

Hopefully this article helped you out, because speaking from personal experience, making this blog post helped me find places to finally stop procrastinating. Don’t forget to leave a comment telling us if we missed any of your personal favorite study spots – or just to let me know that I’m not the only one watching Netflix on most of the sofa chairs on-campus.

Happy studying!

Did we miss one of your favourite study spots? Let us know in the comments below or on twitter @yorkustudents!

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