UBC is full of study spots, but it’s also full of students who want to use them. Here are some of our favourite places to find space and silence for all your studying needs.
Across from Nitobe Memorial Garden, the Asian Library is a peaceful space shielded from the noise of central campus. On the second floor is an open study space with rows of large tables for individual or group study. With a high, sloping ceiling that converges in a skylight, the library’s study space is the perfect cure for dorm-induced claustrophobia.
EGG — AMS STUDENT NEST
The large wooden orb in the centre of the Nest isn’t just a bold architectural statement — it’s also a great study space. From the Nest’s third floor landing, take the stairs or ramp up to the top of the egg where you’ll find comfy couches and tables. This space isn’t the quietest on campus, but it’s perfect for a casual group study session — just don’t look over the side if you’re scared of heights.
RIDINGTON ROOM — IKB
If you’re looking for a quiet place to focus, the Ridington Room (dubbed the Harry Potter Room by millenial alumni) on the third floor of IKB is the perfect spot. In this silent study space, you’ll find rows of outlet-equipped tables great for long study sessions as well as window-facing lounge chairs for more relaxed studying. It’s a great place for a quick nap too.
BUCHANAN B STUDENT LOUNGES
On the second and third floors of Buchanan B are lounges filled with different types of tables and chairs great for group or solo study. There are also stands where you can pick up the latest Ubyssey issue to read during your study breaks.
ROOFTOP GARDEN — AMS STUDENT NEST
For views of campus and a quiet rooftop garden, head outside on the fourth floor of the Nest. You won’t find as many amenities as in other study spaces, but it’s rarely used and quite peaceful with a large picnic table and other places to sit and study.
MACMILLAN BLOEDEL ATRIUM — FOREST SCIENCES CENTRE
If you still want to be surrounded by trees, but don’t want to brave the cold, head to the MacMillan Bloedel Atrium. It’s a large indoor courtyard filled with trees, tables and outlets. There’s a Tim Hortons nearby for study snacks as well.