Best Spots to Study in Liverpool Over Spring Break

With exam season and assignment deadlines next month, if you're staying in Liverpool for Spring Break or are looking for a change of scenery when you return, finding the perfect study spot can make all the difference.

Isabella, a former MSc Forensic Anthropology student, shared her favourite study spots across LJMU campus

With LJMU boasting two campuses and 30 buildings, there's no shortage of study spots to explore. Here are my favourites:  

  1. Avril Robarts Library, City Campus 

Right in the heart of Liverpool, LJMU's City Campus has some awesome study spots. One of my personal favourites is the Avril Robarts Library. For those wanting a peaceful vibe for studying, Avril Robarts Library is a great choice. Here, you can book a PC or study space, rent a laptop and take it home, check out physical and online resources, and even seek assistance from our librarians. It's quieter than the Student Life Building, so great for some solo study time. With various seating options, including comfy chairs, sofas, pouffes, and individual tables, and printing anything off right away. Plus, the on-site café is great for a quick snack break. 

  1. James Parson Building, City Campus 

The James Parsons Building is the single largest building on campus and is another top choice of mine as most of my lectures took place in this building. There are lots of great study spots, whether it’s at the entrance of the building, near the cafés or on the available desktop computers, plus there are additional spots with tables and benches outside. 

  1. Student Life Building, Copperas Hill, Mount Pleasant Campus 

If you’re working on group projects or just want a livelier atmosphere, head over to the Student Life Building. It's buzzing with activity and perfect for teamwork or catching up with friends. The popular SLB is open 24/7, 365 days a year, so it's always there whenever you need a study session. It’s right next door to the Sports Building and gym, so great if you want to work out before, after or during your revision sessions. Plus Academic Achievement, Student Furures and Student Advice and Wellbeing are all situated in the building. 

  1. Redmonds Building or John Lennon Art and Design Building, Mount Pleasant Campus 

LJMU's Mount Pleasant Campus is framed by two of the city’s most recognisable skyline landmarks, Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral. Just nearby are two of my other favourite buildings on campus to study: the Redmonds Building and the John Lennon Art and Design Building.                  

The Redmonds Building is packed with computers, making it super convenient for post-lecture study sessions if you’re already there and need to work on an assignment or study for your next class. 

Alternatively, just a three-minute walk away, is the John Lennon Art and Design Building, which has won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Besides study areas and a café, there's also a beautiful garden in front of the building with the backdrop of the cathedral—a perfect spot to study when the weather's nice. 

  1. Coffee Shop study spots 

Sometimes it can be nice to get off campus. For a change of scenery, why not try a local coffee shop as a base study for the afternoon? Studying in Liverpool you are spoilt for choice with my personal favourites including Liverpool Science Park, Rocco Coffee House, Milo Lounge, The Bluecoat Café, and Mother Espresso. The Central Library is also a great alternative spot, as the largest library in Liverpool. It has free Wi-Fi and houses the historic grade II listed Picton Reading Room and Hornby Library along with 15,000 rare books and a café on-site. 

  1. Study outside 

Now spring has officially arrived, we’re all hoping for some warmer weather. For when those temperatures do rise (hopefully) there are some great spots around the city to enjoy the outdoors while studying. My personal favourites have to be the Pavillion Garden in front of the Aldham Robarts Library, the area is quiet and has plenty of shade, plus it’s perfect if you need to pop inside the library and grab lunch from the Pavilion Café. Studying in Liverpool, we’re also so lucky to have Sefton Park on our doorstep. Why not grab a group of friends and head down there to study for the afternoon and take advantage of the 200 acres of parkland and lakes.

Don’t forget as an LJMU student you have access across campus 

As an LJMU student, you're free to explore and utilise all LJMU buildings. While you may have your go-to spots near your classes or accommodation, don't forget you can always mix it up.

Check out the full campus buildings for more info and plan your next study sessions.

Support during the exam period 

Remember we’ve got a range of support on campus for all our students during your studies. 

Our Academic Achievement team can help you with essay plans, revision advice and how to write a great assignment. Find out more or book an appointment with the Academic Achievement team.

Increased feelings of stress are completely normal during the exam season. Remember you are not alone, and our Student Advice and Wellbeing team is available if stress or anxiety is affecting your mental health. Find out more or book an appointment with the SAW team. 


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