As we approach the end of the spring term, many students are working hard on assignments, projects and dissertations before the Easter vacation, using the study space facilities across campus.

There are around 600 study spaces in the URS Building, which increases to around 800 at weekends and during vacation periods when the Large Lecture Theatre is not in use (there is a limit on the total occupancy of the building for fire safety). The closed rooms will therefore be reopened permanently – during Library@URS opening hours – from 6pm on Friday 23 March until the start of next academic year (except during the University’s Easter closure period).

As well as the URS Building, there are more than 900 other study spaces across the Whiteknights and London Road campuses. To help make it as straightforward as possible for you to find study space during this period, we’ve summarised the resources available as follows:


1. Study Space Map
We’ve had great feedback from students who have used this map to find alternative study space, in addition to that offered in the URS Building;

2. Free Room Finder
This online tool displays rooms available for immediate use and you can search based on campus area, time needed, and/or capacity required;

3. PDF study space list
Updated every term, this list highlights spaces across our campuses that can be used for study (subject to scheduled teaching or departmental use);

4. Live list of available PCs
This webpage shows where there are PC’s available on campus in real time;

5. RUSU’s The Study and The Study@TOB2
Study spaces available for all campus card holders;

6. Extended Chancellor’s Building opening hours
This building is available to use as study space from 6-9pm Monday to Friday during term time and also at weekends if study space in the URS Building becomes full. If you would like Chancellor’s to be opened at a weekend, just talk to Library staff at the URS ground floor Information Desk;

7. Additional study space at Eat at the Square
Eat at the Square will be open after lunch from 3-6pm Monday to Friday during term time, providing additional study space as well as refreshments from The Grumpy Mule;

8. Central Room Booking service
Students can book rooms on campus in advance, for example, for group study;

9. Anti-desk-hogging service in the URS Building
If you see unattended spaces ‘booked’ with belongings, speak to staff at the Reception or the Information Desk on the ground floor;

10. NOISYCHAT service in URS Building
If there is noise in a silent study area, use this service to text us quietly and Library staff will investigate as soon as they can.

Study space in Halls

We have been working to create more than 100 new study spaces across our Halls of Residence, which includes refurbishing spaces so that they are more suitable for productive study. The spaces will be located in Wessex Library, St George’s Computer Room, Wantage Computer Room, Stenton JCR, Childs JCR and Mackinder JCR.

We originally hoped these spaces would be ready by the end of February – unfortunately, although the refurbishment work is complete, we have experienced some unforeseen delays with our furniture supplier, which now means that the spaces will be ready in late March. The supplier is working hard to deliver the furniture within the next couple of weeks, and we will of course let you know when the spaces are ready to use.

In the meantime, there are other spaces in Halls that can be used for study, including the Bridges JCR, Benyon JCR and Sherfield Bar. Please call the Halls Hotline if you’re not sure where these spaces are or want to check opening times.

Keep up to date with the latest study space and Library refurbishment news on our Library refurbishment webpage.

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