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You may not be too worried about it now, but before you know it, it’ll be time to sit exams and write essays. You could always study and write at home, but what if there are too many distractions?
You can always go to one of the university libraries. The library in the city centre, known to most as simply the UB, is located across from the Academy building. With four storeys and various study rooms, it’s the biggest library the university has.
It’s opening hours are also the longest: during exam periods, the UB opens at 8.30 a.m. and closes at midnight. You can bring your laptop and use one of the many outlets in the building or occupy one of the library’s own computers.
Make sure to get up on time if you want a seat at the UB just before and during the exam period. It’s a very popular place to study, and people start lining up early in the morning.
The measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus have changed a few things, though. Social distancing rules mean fewer people are allowed inside the UB. If you want to study at the library, you have to reserve a timeslot online.
Various faculties have their own libraries. You can easily look up where your faculty’s library is online. The Central Medical Library and the former Arts library are the most popular ones. Both libraries have various study rooms.
Forum Groningen, the futuristic building behind the Grote Markt, opened last year. Whenever the UB is too busy, students move to the Forum. Just like the library, the Forum has study desks equipped with power outlets, Wi-Fi (eduroam), and a great view of Groningen to boot.
There’s even a dedicated silence room. Another advantage to the Forum is that it also has restaurants, houses the public library, and has a movie theatre and a comics museum. There’s plenty to do if you need a break.
If you’re not necessarily looking for somewhere quiet but just don’t want to study at home, you can always go to one of the many cafés in the city. The ground floor of the UB boasts a Starbucks, where you can study while enjoying a cup of coffee. The Coffee Company branch in the city centre is also popular among students.
If you haven’t found the perfect spot yet, try exploring the streets around the UB. There are plenty of coffeehouses that allow laptops. You’ll definitely find one that you like.