When it comes to finding the right study space on campus, the many options at LSE can seem overwhelming. Whether you’re on the hunt for a quiet space to focus and catch up on readings, or the best place to participate in a Zoom activity or meeting, there are no end of study spots available on campus. I study well in areas that are quiet, but others work best in spaces that are more social and interactive. Here’s my favourite study space, along what other postgraduate students recommend:
4th Floor Postgraduate Silent Study Room, Library
I love the postgraduate-only silent study room on the top floor of the library. It’s across from the Women’s Library and you’ll need your key card to access the space. This room stays mostly quiet throughout the day and is perfect for studying with minimal distractions (the comfortable chairs are an added bonus).
The Bean Counter, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields Basement
Aaratrika – Public Administration (MPA):
Aaratrika’s preferred study space is the basement café at 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields (32L), the Bean Counter. She likes this spot’s many tables and good music. In the morning, she’s usually able to snag a table and enjoy the company of others while studying.
1st Floor, Centre Building
Niloo – MSc Criminal Justice Policy:
Niloo’s favourite study space is the first floor of the Centre Building, which combines raised and circular study tables, a café, and smaller study nooks. She likes the liveliness of being around fellow students while studying, which also creates an atmosphere of community. This space is also bright with plenty of windows and natural light.
1st Floor Workspaces, Library
Katie – MSc Political Economy of Late Development:
Katie likes to study in the library’s first floor workspaces, which are located right across from the COVID test and ID check. The workspaces have plenty of tables and often more available space than other spots in the library. They’re a great option for those who prefer not to study in areas with complete silence.
Fawcett House, Departmental Common Room
Abhinaya – MSc Media, Communications & Development:
Abhinaya’s favourite study space is her department’s common room, which is located on the 7th floor of Fawcett House. Abhinaya likes that the common room feels lively even when it’s empty, with plants at the windowsill and a bookshelf. She also says the beanbags are perfect place to relax for a moment
Tip: Try out your department’s common room as another study space option.
Roasting Plant Coffee, Off Campus
Olivia – MSc Conflict Studies:
When she’s looking for a nearby spot to study off campus, Olivia heads to the Roasting Plant Coffee, which is located on Strand diagonally across the street from Clement House. Olivia likes the café’s open space with lots of tables, good croissant sandwiches and music that isn’t too loud for studying.