On-Campus Study Spots

Hey Wolfpack,

My name is Faye Shamshuddin and I’m delighted to be your Registration Manager for Orientation 2018. Outside of O-week, I’m pursuing a double major in the Ethics, Society and Law program and Philosophy, which means I spend a lot of time studying! One of the best things about UofT is that there are many different study spaces available, you’ll never be stuck in the same place. The coolest thing about first year was discovering different places on campus I could go to get work done. I find that a good atmosphere really improves my productivity, so I’d love to share with you some of my favourite study spots on campus that I think you should try:


Gerstein Library
(Sigmund Samuel Library)

Location: 9 King's College Circle

Hours: Mon-Thu  8:30am - 10pm
Fri  8:30am - 6pm
Sat  9am - 5pm
Sun  10am - 6pm

The Wallace Room of Gernstein by the main doors to the library has recently undergone a facelift. This section has floor to ceiling windows, lots of outlets and USB ports for easy phone charging. There are also computers available with super comfy chairs. This is a great place to get readings done before class, as it’s conveniently located in King’s College Circle.



The Buttery

location: 15 Devonshire Place

Hours: Mon - Thu 8:00am - 10:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm
weekends - closed

Located in Trinity College's Larkin building, the Buttery is a favourite of mine. With lots of available tables, couches, and the Buttery cafe adjacent, it’s a great place to grab a coffee or a snack. While this study spot won’t always be quiet, it’s a great place to work on group projects or discuss readings with a friend!


O.I.S.e Nexus Lounge

Location: 252 bloor street west,
12th floor

A gem on the 12th floor of the O.I.S.E. building (oy-zee? o-ay-zee? wuzzy?), the Nexus Lounge has beautiful views of campus and the downtown core of Toronto. Space can be limited, and there will be the occasional interruption from car horns on Bloor Street, but the scenery is worth it.


Uc junior common room

Location: University college,
15 king's college circle


Nestled in University College, the Junior Common Room is cozy and welcoming. With huge couches, Diablo’s cafe nearby, and gender neutral washrooms, this spot is great for getting work done during cold winter semester days.


E.J. Pratt Library

Location: 71 Queen's Park Crescent

Victoria College’s E.J. Pratt library is one of the prettiest libraries on campus. With three floors of study space, Pratt has study carousels, group study rooms, and an excellent silent reading space for those days when you really need to focus. There is currently balcony construction being done on the library that should be complete by Fall semester, so perhaps this library will get even nicer for the new school year.   


knox college

Location: 59 St George Street

hours: mon-thu 8:30am - 9:00pm
fri 8:30am - 4:30pm
Sat/sun - closed

Knox College has a few great study spots. The library inside is known for being extremely peaceful, and features a stunning stained glass window (you have to see it in person). A semi outdoor option is also the cloister, located in the Knox breezeway. With beautiful archways and wifi-access, Knox is an excellent place to study.


john w. graham library

Location: 3 devonshire place

hours: mon-fri 9:00am - 4:45pm
sat/sun - closed

Trinity College’s library, John W. Graham is a great quiet spot to do work or find books. With beautiful architecture and cozy armchairs, this is the perfect place to come on a dreary winter day.


like literally every spot at woodsworth

Location: 119 st george street

hours: mon-fri 8:00am - 10:00pm
Sat/sun 9:00am - 6:00pm

Woodsworth may not have its own library, but there are several excellent study spots located in and around the college. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Kruger Hall: Huge and complete with comfortable seating and natural lighting, Kruger is perfect for group work or meeting with a TA.

  • Upper Kruger: Often empty, this spot is great for work and napping.

  • Basement of WW Residence Building: With a foosball table and charging stations, this spot has rooms specifically for Rotman students and a few tables and stools for general use. 


and of course... robarts

Location: 130 st george street


Good ol' Robarts! With its brutalist style, it may not be the easiest on the eyes, and it also may not be the coziest place, but it definitely gets the job done. Robarts extends its hours and is open overnight during the exam season, so when your exam or essay is due the next day, this is a quiet and dependable place to get work done. 

So there you have it everyone! These are only a few of the study spaces on campus, and there are so many more that are scattered around that you can discover. UofT is huge, so you're guaranteed to find a spot. Happy studying!

Vidya RambaliComment