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Finding space to study on campus can be difficult, particularly during revision & exam periods. We're working with the university to improve study space options.

Did you know, you can now use the Library's Study Space Availability Checker to find out whether there's space to study in the Library, University House Learning Grid, Rootes Learning Grid, and other key study spaces?

You can find out more about study space available on campus via the University's study spaces web portal.

Find out more about some less well known study spaces in this video with Johnny Jenkins and Luke Mepham.

Finally, don’t forget that the SU also has a dedicated student study space available (when pandemic restrictions allow) to use during regular SUHQ opening hours (usually the same as Xananas opening times)! You can find it on Floor 1, on the left-hand side, opposite the meeting rooms just past Reception.

Discover Alternative Study Spaces...

We know that finding a study space, particularly during Term 3, can be difficult. We asked students to let us know where the best alternative study spaces were, both on and off campus! 

So next time you’re on your sixth lap of the library…pop this page into your favourites, or screenshot our suggestions, and use it to help you find an alternative study space.  

 On Campus:  

 Silent/ Quiet Spaces:

  • SU HQ Work Zone…an as of yet undiscovered gem on campus.
  • Chaplaincy. – On Thursday mornings there’s even free ‘Tea and Toast’
  • Book a room through the WRB (Warwick Room Booking System).
  • The Oculus lecture theatres and classrooms will be left open throughout Term 3.
  • Modern Records Centre
  • Postgraduate Hub
  • Department Common Rooms
  • Student Hub in Avon Multimedia Centre
  • Lakeside or Bluebell Common Room
  • Designated Study Spaces in your department. – TOP TIP: Westwood spaces are often less busy. 
  • Medical Training Centre
  • Unused Westwood Music Rooms
  • University House Learning Grid is often not as busy as the other Learning Grids
  • On a secluded patch of grass if the sun’s out!

Background Noise: 

  • SU Atrium- upper and lower floor
  • Milburn House Common Spaces
  • Gibbet Hill Common Space in the foyer
  • Piazza steps
  • The Oculus
  • The new Sports Hub
  • WBS sofas and open study spaces
  • Corridor seats in departments like Social Sciences and Humanities Building


  • Curiositea
  • Xananas
  • NAIC Café  
  • Arts Centre Café 
  • Westwood Cafe 
  • University House Café 
  • Humanities Café
  • Social Sciences Café

Eat and Study: 

  • Xananas Restaurant – you can buy a Full English and study for £2.95! 
  • The Dirty Duck
  • Bread Oven
  • Bar Fusion
  • University House Canteen
  • Library Café

Off Campus: 

Silent/ Quiet Spaces: 

  • Leamington Spa Pump Rooms/ Library
  • Book a space in advance at the Leamington Learning Grid
  • Outdoor Spaces: Jephson Gardens, War Memorial Park Coventry, Abbey Fields
  • Life Community Church (Leamington, Charlotte Street) offer up spaces for students to study and de-stress
  • Central Library Coventry

Background Noise: 

  • Free Entry Coventry Museums: Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Coventry Transport Museum
  • Leamington Spa Art GalleryBrunswick Hub in Leamington
  • Waterstones


  • Procaffeinate
  • Temperance
  • The usual chains: Starbucks, Costa, Café Nero. – TOP TIP: the Starbucks and Costa Coffee near the Sainsbury’s in Leamington are much less busy than on the parade. 

Eat and Study: 

  • Weatherspoons – Free Wifi, plug sockets and for £1.25 you get refillable coffee all day!
  • Las Iguanas- 40% off food with Totum and 25% of with your student card. 241 on Mocktails.
  • Pizza Express – 30% student discount.
  • Bella Italia – 50% student discount.
  • Zizzi – 30% student discount. 
  • Basement Browns. 

Read more about study space at the University here.