A temporary study space on campus isn’t enough

With exams approaching, finding a quiet study space on the Ryerson University campus is rarer than a large turnout at an RSU event.

Having a school located in downtown Toronto is a curse when it comes to providing spacious study areas for students.

Lack of space has been a constant struggle for Ryerson and its student population. This is a common thread when it comes to the Ryerson University experience and is the most distressing part of being a student here.

When you are lucky enough to find a place to study during the exam season, it is like finding your own study sanctuary.

At the library, (the one on Victoria Street, not the second floor of the Imperial Pub), it is nearly impossible to find a place to study. Study rooms are booked days in advance, school computers are being used to finish final assignments, and study cubicles are being occupied by students who arrived at 8 a.m. and won’t leave until late that night.

For those less dedicated, late risers and commuters, vacant study space is scarce.

While the Student Learning Centre (SLC) is set to open on the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets in the first few months of 2015, Ryerson students have at least three more examination periods to suffer through before they can study in peace at a permanent campus facility.

In the meantime, the school has had to come up with some creative (and only temporary) ways to house students before and during exams.

After a successful trial run during last year’s study period, and 600 students voting to keep it around for upcoming semesters, Ryerson’s Pop-Up Study Space has made a return to the Victoria Building.

This time, the quiet study space will be available until Dec. 2 and will return during every examination period until the SLC is complete.

Even though the temporary study space is useful for the time being, it isn’t enough.

If Ryerson administration is unable to provide enough quiet spaces for students to study leading up to their exams, it’s that administration’s responsibility to make the necessary changes.

A makeshift area won’t cut it.

Ryerson students are suffering because of the lack of study space across campus and there is no excuse for it.

We shouldn’t have to fight for a place to study on campus. We shouldn’t have to rally together and vote on something so simple as a quiet place to study.

A quiet study spot should be as accessable as textbooks and having enough seats in the classroom.

As a student, make sure you utilize these study spaces and let the university know that we need more things like this around campus. Let’s hope they listen and extend these study spaces to all buildings. If we don’t make use of the space, they will easily take them away without notice.

This is a perfect example of Ryerson doing something that should have been done years ago, not in 2013.

But in the end, something is better than nothing.

We will take what we can get.


This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on November 27, 2013.

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