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Where you can study on campus and in the city

You can study independently in numerous places on campus or in the city centre, whether you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student.

The University offers a choice of study spaces to support different types of study, on campus and in the city. These include spaces designed for quiet, individual study, spaces suitable for group work and single occupancy rooms which can be used for online or phone interviews or discussions. Many spaces can be booked in advance.

Study spaces are open for all members of the University to use, please be follow any signed guidance and any particular rules for the space you are using. Remember that study spaces are for quiet study; please don’t disturb other students or staff working nearby.

Study spaces available on campus and in the city

For a summary of the study spaces available links to the LibCal system for making a booking and more detailed venue information where available.

Study spaces can be booked for two hours at a time but consecutive bookings are not allowed.

Follow the Book a Study Space link to find information about the facilities available and to reserve a Single user room or Group Study room:

Summary of study spaces on campus and across the city

A listing of bookable group study spaces, drop in (non-bookable) study spaces and postgraduate only study areas.

Bookable Study Spaces

Location Notes
Book a Group study room in the Library Information about The Library
Book a study space in the Virgil Building Services at The Virgil Building
Book a Single or Group study room in Norwood Common Rooms Information about Norwood House Study Space

Non-bookable spaces for drop-in study

Location Notes
The Library Bookings are not required for the majority of single seat study spaces in the Library.
Virgil Building Informal study space in 1.06 - Information about Virgil Building
Norwood House study spaces Information about Norwood house
6 West South Information about 6 West South
10 East Pavilion space open 7:30 to 22:00 Monday to Friday
Dartmouth Avenue (city) No booking necessary
Green Park House (city, just for students in University managed accommodation) No booking necessary
Polden Commons No booking necessary

Postgraduate Only spaces

Location Notes
10 West Graduate Commons Flexible study spaces for postgraduate taught and doctoral students on campus
Library Study Room 5.07 Available for drop-in use by Postgraduate Research students - library card needed for access

Using study spaces

Your responsibilities when using university study spaces.

When you arrive at a booked Group Study room or reserved study space, you need to confirm your arrival. Please refer to the booking email for details.

If you do not arrive within 15 minutes of the start of your booking time, the space will be released for someone else to book.

You can cancel your booking up until the start of your booking time but NOT during your booking time. To cancel your booking, follow the relevant link in your booking confirmation email.

When using the study spaces, please:

  • vacate your booked space by the end of your reserved time period
  • be respectful of others working in the space
  • make sure any drinks are in sealed bottles, flasks or reusable cups with lids, do not consume food unless specifically permitted for that space
  • do not move any furniture
  • leave the space clean and tidy when you've finished


If you have any feedback about places where you can study, please contact us by email.