The U of A North Campus is so big that it can be hard to figure out where to study. You may find yourself stuck in the same spot every day, but hopefully my reviews of study spaces around campus will help figure out what spot fits your study needs and encourage you to try a new spot!
I ranked the areas out of 10, according to: quietness, how busy it usually is, and how many electrical outlets are available. I also gave some information about what features the study spots have, the hours of operation, and the availability of food and coffee!
Quietness: Varies from 4/10 to 9/10 (depending on floor)
Electricity: 8/10 (outlets throughout library)
Cameron Library is the Sciences and Technology Library and has five floors to choose from! They range in quietness so you can choose the floor that fits your personal study preferences. The first and second floors are the loudest, making them the most suited to study groups and people who enjoy loud study atmospheres. The first floor has many tables, with 4 outlets per table. This makes it an awesome place to study if you need to charge your laptop, tablet, or phone. The 3rd floor is silent, making it perfectly suited to people who like to have absolute focus when studying, while the 4th floor is quiet. Another feature of Cameron Library is the Knowledge Common in the basement, which is open 24/7 and includes a computer lab, colour printer, and group study rooms. Cameron Library is located just off the Central Academic Building, making food and coffee readily available!
|Knowledge Common: B|
Printing: FL 1+2+B
Computers: FL 1+2+B
Tim Horton’s (CAB)
Pizza 73 (CAB basement)
Mr. Sub (CAB basement)
Electricity: 7/10 (outlets throughout space)
Located in Education North, the Education Cafeteria may not immediately come to mind when you think of study spaces but it is a nice alternative to the usual library. There are long tables with chairs, comfy couches with coffee tables, and food! It’s a little noisy, so it works if you like to study in a sort of busy environment or with friends. One of the walls is covered in windows, giving you some sunlight and a view of the outside world while studying. There are also outlets all along the walls.
|Tables and Outlets|
Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science
Quietness: Varies from 4/10 to 6/10 (depending on floor)
Electricity: 4/10 (outlets are difficult to find)
The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, known commonly as CCIS, is one of the main Science buildings at the University. CCIS has 6 levels, although many students tend to use the basement, sub basement, and main floor to study. Within the basement and sub basement, there are areas specified for studying, but outlets are limited. On the main floor students have several areas to chose from. You can choose to study at the couches near the coffee shops: Starbucks has comfortable seating, and there are tables set up near Second Cup with outlets available if you are using electronics. There is also an open study space available if you would like to have a view while studying. However, it is important to remember that CCIS has no designated quiet areas, so if you are looking for quiet perhaps consider a different location. CCIS does not have a printer, but the nearest set of printers are found in Cameron Library which is connected to CCIS through the Chemistry hallway and CAB.
|Tables and comfy seating|
Nearby coffee shops
Second Cup (CCIS)
Provisions on Demand (CCIS)
Interested in learning about more study spaces on campus? Check out Catherine’s post on Rutherford Library, the Students’ Union Building, and the Edmonton Clinic Health Academic!