Students seek study space with exams around the corner

Plenty of quiet study spaces at Dalhousie and King's campuses


Vaughn Pearson, 20, studies in the laundry room. (Photo: Andrew Miller)

Exam time. Time to look for quiet spaces to study - whether in the library, lecture halls, a secret cranny or the seclusion of one's room.

For University of King's College and Dalhousie University students, final exams start Dec. 9 and end on Dec. 20. 

Students' preferences 

Vaughn Pearson, a King's third-year creative writing student sometimes studies in his room, but also has his own secret nook.

"I go to the laundry room beneath Cochran Bay because there is usually no one there," he says.

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Time and location in the month of December for studying for finals.

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Photos of King's study rooms

Dalhousie students have their own places to study.

Jasmine Astle, a third-year Dalhousie biology and physics major, usually studies at home. In her first year, she studied in the Killam Library.

The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday until December 16. The extended hours are from midnight to 3 a.m. up to December 20.

Although she is close to King's, Astle hasn't ventured to the King's College Library, which is open until Dec. 16, 2011-on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Places to study

Another prime space at King's that is sometimes overlooked by students is the Manning Room in Alexandra Hall. It is open 24 hours.

Hannah Ehler, a first-year Foundation Year Program student, likes the intimacy and communal feel of the room. The comfortable couches and cushions are a bonus for tired students.

At King's, the New Academic Building has four places that are open to individuals seeking a quiet space from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.: Alumni Hall, the Archibald Room, the KTS Lecture Hall and the Wilson Room.

Alumni Hall has plenty of space in which to spread out, while the Archibald Room is much smaller but allows for studying in a circle.

The KTS Lecture Hall is a semi-circular room with a podium and chalkboard up front.

The Wilson Room is by far the most comfortable and appealing of the four. Couches beckon, and there is often a fire going, with paintings staring back at you from the walls.

In Alexandra Hall, the former dean's living room suite is available 24 hours daily.




Just a note to correct your hours for the Killam: our regular hours are 8 am until midnight Monday - Friday and 10 am til midnight weekends. Until December 18 we'll be opening at 8 am on the weekends as well. Good luck with your exams!

Posted by Tina Usmiani | Dec 6, 2021 12:01 PM AT

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