While living in London is great as a student, it does have its drawbacks. When it comes to study time, it can be hard to find a quiet place that has all the comforts of home without the distractions of a city that could give New York a run for its money.
Because postgraduate study in London can be testing enough without the hassle of trying to find somewhere quiet to write a looming essay, we have put together a list of the best, and quietest, places to study in London.
It may sound obvious, but people can avoid the library unnecessarily because they are not aware of the rules and just how easy it is to access study room entry. Even the British Library is easier to access than you might think and it also offers the perfect study space for any deserving postgrad looking for a place to think.
While the 11 reading rooms at the British Library can get very busy, they do work very hard to ensure there is space for everyone and even bring in extra desks during their busy periods. While it is recommended that you plan your visit before turning up to study at the British Library, it is far less painful than you might think. All you have to do before your visit is to register for a Reader Pass with the British Library and away you go!
Of course, alternatively you can use your own higher education institution library, where they will be more than happy to help you out with any requests or questions you may have about your research. While the British Library is a great source of information, individual university libraries tend to be quieter and are sure to have copies of the books essential for your course. They will also be able to provide additional information on any extra services they provide, including eBooks and 24 hour service.
Next to the library, there is the place you get ‘hushed’ the most- the museum. The V&A museum in London is a great place to study and can provide boundless inspiration for any work you may be stuck with. Much like the British Library, the V&A’s resources are extensive and they are happy for people to come and use their study rooms for EMBA course study, so long as they follow the correct procedures. Because their study rooms offer visitors the chance to see even more material from their collections, they get busy fast, which is why there is an appointment only policy in the Prints & Drawings study room.
Be sure to check out their website, even if their study rooms don’t appeal, because there is plenty of information on study rooms at other similar organisations on their study rooms web page.
While the British Library does have a superb coffee offering at their espresso bar, there are also plenty of other coffee options for study in the capital. Ozone Coffee Roasters is one of the best; with two floors full of nooks and crannies to get stuck into revision and plenty of space for group work, Ozone has quickly become the study zone for many postgrads.
If two floors wasn’t quite enough space then there is Fix coffee, which is even bigger. Alternatively, the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs offers its postgrad clients free Wi-Fi and plenty of study space to boot.
If all that study has seen you work up an appetite then the Fleet River Bakery is another option for postgrad study that offers an unrivalled selection of cakes and edible delights and, being open until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays, there’s plenty of time to fit in another paragraph’s reading, or a Danish.
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Image Credits: British Library © Paul Grundy, Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Rahim Packir Saibo (flickr.com), Arek_malang (shutterstock.com)
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