When you’re not too hungover to get out of your room, chances are you’ll want to get some studying done. Luckily for the enterprising academic, Warwick has plenty of spaces where you can go and study, either in a group or alone.
Naturally, the quality can differ from place to place. Here are some tips to help you bag the best study spot on campus.
The natural choice for the majority, this building offers hundreds of spots for studying – it’s divided into two sections, with the top three floors devoted to silent study. But with size comes popularity, and even in Term 1 it can be a struggle to find a seat. If you want to ensure that you’ll have somewhere come exam time, you’d better get there early. A final warning – be aware that the silent floors have loose alliances. Being a Humanities student on Floor 5 will quickly earn you some dirty looks.
Rootes Learning Grid
One of the two so-called ‘Learning Grids’ (essentially a library without the books), this is the smaller of the two, and the more social. It’s central and modern, with a good-sized silent study space to boot. This tends to be the choice for freshers, and the private study spaces, which can be hired out, are fantastic for projects that require total group concentration. But it suffers from the same problem as the library, as the central location means it can fill up fast every term – come Term 3, it can be filled to bursting by 9am. If you’re not an early riser, don’t bother.
University House Learning Grid
The older (and bigger) sister of Rootes, this is easily the optimal space for easy studying. Offering the same facilities as Rootes on a grand scale, this also benefits from being much more out of the way, meaning that you’re likely to find a spot to study. It also benefits from longer opening times year-round. This is the home for all night owls, who can be found studying even at the most unsocial hours. It also benefits from a café nearby, which is open till midnight. Just remember to stock up on Red Bull before the bell tolls 12.
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