Study spaces

The university has a wide variety of study space available to suit all our students needs. This includes group space, silent study rooms, bookable spaces, individual study desks, flexible study space and assistive technology rooms. 

Exam revision

To check where there is a free desk in any building use the online free space checker 

 

Additional seats and extended opening hours for exam period

Forum Library, seminar rooms 1-12

330 additional seats

Old Library, seminar rooms A,B and C

36 additional seats

Amory study centre

24/7 access

The Loft study centre 

24/7 access

X-Keys will be open at weekends

09:00-16:00 Sat and Sun

Giraffe House study centre

24/7 access

Booth seating in the Amory Study Centre

  • Location: EX4 4RJ, Rennes Drive, Amory Building, Ground Floor
  • Opening Hours: 08:00 until 21:30, 7 days a week. Swipe your Unicard to access.
  • Extended opening to 24/7 during exams
  • Seats: 240 seats 

About:

This study centre is available for students to work in groups or quietly on your own. The space is zoned from group study near the entrance to quiet study near the back. There are 5 bookable group study rooms.  If you want to reserve one of these, use the online Student Room Booking System.

Surface tables in Exploration Lab 2

What is it?

Exploration Lab 2 is home to the University’s bespoke ‘Surface’ Tables. These large horizontal computers, about the size of a pool table, have a multi-touch interface that can support many different interactions at the same time, and hence are ideal to support collaborative learning. Their size also allows large digital objects to be displayed both at scale and in detail.

There are ten tables in total, each of which can seat up to six people. Each table is height adjustable and colour coded, with the colour relating to a wall monitor which mirrors each tables display. Through these monitors, different groups can share what they’re working on with other groups in the room.

A central console in the room, which uses the same technology as other consoles across the University, acts as a hub to control how the tables send their images to the monitors. By default each monitor displays its corresponding table, but one table can be sent to all monitors, or all monitors can mirror the central console computer. A guide to how the central control works can be found here. This room uses System A.

Where is it?

Exploration Lab 2 is located in The Forum, on level 1 opposite the Library Balcony, 

To find out more about the tables, what they can do and how to book the room then go to the IT pages here.

Giraffe House

  • Location: St Luke's campus
  • Opening hours: 24/7
  • Seats: 120 seats 

About:

Giraffe House is a modern flexible study space for students. It is located at the centre of the St Luke's Campus.  You will need your University card to swipe in at all times.

The space is used for:

  • Various individual quiet study spaces
  • Group study tables
  • 3 bookable group study rooms
  • 37 fixed PCs
  • WiFi and lots of powerpoints

The loft image

  • Location: Top floor, Devonshire House.
  • Open: 08:00 - 21:30, Mon - Sun
  • Extended opening to 24/7 during exams
  • Seats: 118

About:

The space is used for:

  • Various individual quiet study spaces
  • Group study tables
  • 30 fixed PCs
  • WiFi and lots of powerpoints

The Sanctuary with students

  • Location: EX4 4PY, Stocker Road, Great Hall, Lower Floor
  • Open: 08:00 - 21:30, 7 days a week
  • Seats: 180

About:

The Sanctuary is a modern flexible study space for students. It is located at the centre of campus under the Great Hall, adjacent to the Forum (formerly known as the Lower Exam Hall).

The space is used for:

  • Student quiet study space
  • Exams will be held in this space during January and May/June exam periods
  • Additional space for exceptionally large events and conferences

Bookable study spaces

The Forum Library has 3 bookable group study rooms on Level -1 named Group Workroom 1, 2 and 3 each with a capacity to hold 7 people.   You can book these online at Student Group Work Areas.

Also available are some bookable group work booths and tables in the open plan space next to the Law Library. Booths and tables are individually numbered from 1-13. Capacities are as follows:

4 booths seating 6
5 booths seating 5
4 tables seating 4

These rooms are only bookable by students registered with AccessAbility and these students get priority use. They need to be booked at least one day in advance and no longer than one week in advance.  They can be reserved for a maximum of half a day.

Please contact SID to book:

By email (including the time and date you wish to book) to sid@exeter.ac.uk

By phone (have ready the time and date you wish to book) on 0300 555 0444

In person at SID

 

Room information:

Room NameLocationStudy seatsComputersScannerBraille Printer
AccessAbility 1 Level -1, Forum Library

1 adjustable seat and table

1 stationary seat and table

1  - -
AccessAbility 2 Level -1, Forum Library 2 study seats 1 - -
AccessAbility 3 Level 0, Forum Library

1 adjustable seat table

4 stationary seats and tables

3 - -
AccessAbility 4 Level +1, Forum Library

1 adjustable seat and table

1 stationary seat and table

1 1 1
AccessAbility Room St Luke's Library

1 adjustable seat and table

1 stationary seat and table

2 1 -

The computers have a variety of useful software such as:

  • Speech recognition software – Dragon Naturally Speaking,
  • Text to voice software - Freespeech and Texthelp Read and Write Gold
  • Braille DBT Reader
  • Mind mapping software – Inspiration Pro
  • Screen Reading software – Jaws 14

What happens if someone is in one of the rooms I have booked?

Please explain that the room is booked (as indicated on the door sign).  If there are any problems, inform SID.

What happens if I want to use a room on the day?

These are available on first come first served basis.  Please check the room. If it is empty, you are able to use it. If it is occupied. ask whether the person working in the room is registered with AccessAbility. If so, they can remain.  If not, explain that the room has priority use for students registered with AccessAbility. 

There are 5 bookable group study rooms which seat 6-8. You can book online at Student Group Work Areas.

There are 3 bookable group study rooms which seat 6-8. You can book online at Student Group Work Areas.

 

The bookable learning spaces are:

  • Student Presentation Room - for teaching, practising presentations using an interactive whiteboard and video conferencing. Please book this room online through Student Group Work Areas.
  • Library First Floor Groupwork Room - For groups of 4 - 5. Also bookable through Student Group Work Areas.
  • AccessAbility room - AccessAbility registered students are able to book this room via accessability@exeter.ac.uk. Other Students may use this room when it is not booked but will be unable to book it themselves.

The bookable learning spaces are: 

  • Listening booth: For listening to the University's music collections, housed in the Old Library. Please email library@exeter.ac.uk 
  • Seminar rooms A and B: These can be booked through the central Room Bookings system.

There are also bookable PGR Study desks.

Group study spaces

Group Study - Green - Level +1
There is a group study room on every level of the Forum Library, each of which provides 30 seats.

There are also three small group rooms off the larger study room on Level -1 and an open plan group work space next to the Law Library. The small group rooms and the booths and tables in the open plan space are all bookable.

Amory Group Work
Our study centre is available for students to work in groups. The space is zoned from group study near the entrance to quiet study near the back.

There are small pods for groups on the balcony of the ground floor of Luke's Library.  There are also larger group study rooms on higher levels.

Surface tables in Exploration Lab 2

What is it?

Exploration Lab 2 is home to the University’s bespoke ‘Surface’ Tables. These large horizontal computers, about the size of a pool table, have a multi-touch interface that can support many different interactions at the same time, and hence are ideal to support collaborative learning. Their size also allows large digital objects to be displayed both at scale and in detail.

There are ten tables in total, each of which can seat up to six people. Each table is height adjustable and colour coded, with the colour relating to a wall monitor which mirrors each tables display. Through these monitors, different groups can share what they’re working on with other groups in the room.

A central console in the room, which uses the same technology as other consoles across the University, acts as a hub to control how the tables send their images to the monitors. By default each monitor displays its corresponding table, but one table can be sent to all monitors, or all monitors can mirror the central console computer. A guide to how the central control works can be found here. This room uses System A.

Where is it?

Exploration Lab 2 is located in The Forum, on level 1 opposite the Library Balcony.

To find out more about the tables, what they can do and how to book the room, visit the IT website.

Silent study spaces

There are many individual study desks on every floor of the Forum library each provided with power and data. There are also 44 seat silent study rooms on every level.

This space is zoned from group study near the entrance to the silent study room near the back.

There is a large 64 seat Reading Room on the entrance floor, plus individual study seats around the stock on levels -1 and -2 of the building.

There are individual study desks around all levels of St Luke's Library.