Alternative Study and Hang Out Spaces on Campus

Times are tough, and when you are feeling cooped up and tired of your study from home environment, it’s always a good idea to change scenery, even if only for a short walk in nature, changing your outlook and perspective can come together with changing spaces. In this blog post, we suggest a few spaces on campus where you can hang out or study (provided you keep your distance!).


This new initiative by the university is situated at the Piazza. Following the Government announcement of a National four-week lockdown from Thursday 5th of November, some of the Warwick presents programme may look a little different temporarily. From the 5th of November, the cafes, restaurants and street food vendors on the Piazza will be open for takeaway only so you can enjoy delicious food and coffee on campus.

From Thursday 5th of November, the Basecamp marquee will be temporarily transformed in to a dwell space offering you a safe space to catch up and relax with friends from the same household or kitchen group.

Busy pre-pandemic sunny Piazza


The contemporary architecture of the Oculus, with glass from top to bottom, nice sunset views and lawns abounding all around, proves a good change of scenery for some study or downtime. There are limited study and seating spaces, but if you get lucky you can get some safe and distanced hang out space right at the heart of campus.

To make sure there is space for you at the Oculus, always check out the availability tool and book a space ahead at MyWarwick.

Empty Oculus at Dawn
A (takeaway) coffee with a view

Butterworth Hall and Arts Centre

The arts centre might be empty these days, as opposed to the bustling and buzzing of usual days, but there are plenty of seating spaces offering a change of scenery.

To make sure there is space for you at the Arts Centre, always check out the availability tool and book a space ahead at MyWarwick.

Cryfield Walk to Kenilworth

Starting from Cryfield Pavilion, you can enjoy a nice walk through the sports fields on campus, up to the public footpath that leads to Kenilworth. It is a nice woodland walk that you can safely take, keeping your distance and connecting with nature.

Winter woodland walks on campus

Westwood Campus Walk

Westwood campus and the surrounding area might be a bit remote, but that is not necessarily a bad thing right now, when we are encouraged to avoid gatherings. People who trained in the old sports facilities, and those who either live or study at Westwood are more familiar with that side of campus, but you can explore it too.

And, who knows? Maybe you’ll not be lucky enough to hang out with your best human friends, but you might encounter some (not so) friendly wildlife in your campus wanderings, like my father did last year:

Is this REALLY the best place for a nap, Mr. Goose?

Due to the current guidelines, group work is not allowed. Make sure you only mix with people within your household, and maintain social distancing.

Check out all of the available study spaces in and outside the library buildings at the Study Spaces website.

Got any more nice places to explore on Campus? Let us know! Tweet us at @warwicklibrary, email us at, or leave a comment below.

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