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We know that that redevelopment plans on campus have been disruptive and that it can sometimes be as stressful finding a place to study as it is doing the actual studying.

That’s why your Education Officer, Sarah has been working closely with with UCL estates and UCL libraries to improve learning spaces. One solution was to get the main libraries open 24 hours a day during term three. That said, we don’t think you should have to revise at 3am just to get a desk to work on (sleep is just as important as revision) so we’ve continued to work with UCL on temporary space arrangements and have some good news for you.

Helping you find space

The first step on the road to improving your experience is the study space tool, which you can either find online or via the UCL Go! app. The system was launched at the start of term two and shows you how many available study spaces there are in each library at any given time. This will allow you to figure out which spaces have the most available seats and will save you roaming from library to library looking for a spot. If you’re interested in how it works, there’s more info in Sarah’s blog here.

You can also use UCL Go! to see where there are available computers across the university. 

Creating more space

Last year, we arranged for lots of rooms to be turned into open study space. You guys fed back that it was inconvenient that the rooms were spread out and regularly changed. So this year, we have worked to secure an extra 300 spaces, all of which will be available throughout therm three. You’ll be able to study in the new pop up in the Main Quad, the pop up space int he South Quad from 9:00-21:00 every day and the Lower Refectory 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

And of course, The Wolfson Study on the second floor of 25 Gordon Street will remain available throughout the exam period. 

Getting creative

Here’s a student’s guide to creative ways to secure a library seat during term three.