From Books to Brews: The Top Study Spots around Imperial College London

Written by Romita Trehan, MSc Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology

As one of the world’s leading universities, Imperial College London attracts a diverse range of students from all over the globe. With its central London location, Imperial offers a variety of study spots that are perfect for students to hunker down and get some work done. In this blog, we will explore some of the best study spots around Imperial College London.

  1. Central Library: The Central Library is in the heart of the South Kensington campus, making it a convenient study spot for students. With over 430,000 books and access to countless online resources, this library has everything you need for a successful study session. The library also offers private study rooms and group study spaces that can be booked in advance. There is an open group study area on the ground floor with whiteboards, comfortable cushioned seats, and a few cubicles facing the ‘Flowers’ and ‘Sir Ernst Chain’ buildings. The floors above have individual cubicles, with bookshelves all around you and a pleasant view of the Queen’s lawns, so whether you are a night owl or a morning person, the view will not disappoint. It is much quieter too than the open group study area but if you want extra quiet spaces with no disturbances, you can always go to the silent study area! With the Library Café close by, you can grab a snack or a coffee to recharge.
  2. Queen’s Lawn: Talking about the view from the library, Queen’s Lawn is a popular spot for students to study during the warmer months. The grassy area is surrounded by trees and benches, making it a peaceful and serene environment to focus on your work. The area also offers free Wi-Fi, so you can easily connect to the internet and access your online resources. It is a great spot to not only hang around but also to study on a sunny afternoon.
  3. Life Science Common Room: Located in the Sir Ernst Chain Building, it is open to all Life Science students. This space provides students with a comfortable and relaxed environment to study, socialise, and collaborate with their peers. The common room offers a variety of amenities, including sofas, chairs, tables, and whiteboards for group study sessions. The room also has a kitchenette with a microwave and fridge, making it easy for students to prepare and store their own meals.
  4. Chemistry Café: Located on the ground floor of the Chemistry Building, the Chemistry Café is a popular spot for students to grab a quick bite to eat or a cup of coffee between classes. In addition to its food and beverage offerings, the Chemistry Café also provides a comfortable and casual environment for students to study and collaborate on group projects. The café has ample seating, including booths and tables with power outlets for laptops and other electronic devices. These spaces provide a sense of community and collaboration, which can be especially valuable for students studying challenging subjects such as Chemistry and Life Science. In addition, the amenities provided in these spaces, such as power outlets, whiteboards, and kitchenettes, make it easier for students to focus on their studies and be productive throughout the day. One of my favourites!
  5. Skempton Building: The Skempton Building is a modern facility that offers a range of study spaces, including individual study carrels, group study rooms, and open-plan study areas. The building also has a café and a lounge area, where you can take a break and recharge before diving back into your studies. Engineering students would know it better and
  6. Beit Quad: The Beit Quad is a beautiful outdoor space that is perfect for studying during the warmer months. With its picturesque surroundings and ample seating, this area is a popular spot for students to gather and work on their assignment.

Whether you are a person who loves a quiet environment with hushed whispers, or someone who loves working with some café chatter, coffee machine sounds and white noise around you, these study spaces will offer an environment that keeps you motivated and helps you concentrate.  

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