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Best Study Spaces in Brisbane

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by Melissa Owens (subscribe)
Uni student, food lover, and fitness freak.
Published September 5th 2012
As a university student living in an overcrowded and exceptionally noisy house, I rarely have a quiet space to study in. Most often studying on campus is not a viable alternative. The quiet study spaces are constantly occupied, and the other areas of the libraries seem to attract the loudest and most talkative members of the student body. With both of these options out the window, I have been forced to discover new and more appropriate places to study.

The State Library of Queensland
A recent study date with friends saw me arriving at SLQ for the first time in years. Boy has it changed! Its location is still incredibly convenient, and the recent renovations have certainly improved the aesthetic appeal of the library. It is beautifully refurbished, blissfully quiet, and study spaces are plentiful. Situated on the banks of the Brisbane River, the beautiful views are visible from most areas in the library. This seems to make the fact that you are inside studying more bearable. All of these benefits are trumped by one invaluable drawcard for a poor university student such as me. This drawcard is the free Wi-Fi. Thanks to SLQ, gone are the days of crossing your fingers and hoping for a free computer (though I saw plenty available for use). Between beautiful views, convenient location, quiet study spaces, and free Wi-Fi, why would you even bother studying at home?

The view from where I was studying inside the library

City Botanic Gardens
Another beautiful Queensland tourist attraction makes the list, and with great reason. Not only are the City Botanic Gardens stunning, but the free Wi-Fi again provides a hard to overlook advantage. The only drawback to this beautiful location is that it is weather dependent. If the clouds are looking ominous or it is a scorching hot day, it's better to head for a library or a nearby cafe. However if the weather is fine, there is no better place to hit the books. Pro-tip: find yourself a shady tree to sit underneath, bring a picnic blanket to sit on, and be careful that the wind doesn't blow your pages away.

Carindale library
Carindale's recent expansion is impressive on many counts, but the revamp of its library is certainly one of the shopping centre's most notable achievements. The former library was pokey, computers were rarely free, and the overall decor was dated. The new library has addressed each of these issues and surpassed all of my expectations. It is spacious, its design is fun and modern, and it has an impressive array of facilities. The most remarkable of these facilities is the introduction of iPads for loan to members. Carindale library also has many activities to amuse children while their parents busy themselves in a book. The Xbox consoles are the most popular of these amusements, though the craft bar encourages creativity and interactive games are an educational alternative. Although the new library has many more computers than it previously did, most of these were occupied when I recently visited. This could potentially be attributed to its recent opening. Perhaps interest will soon wane and computers will become more available. Thankfully I had my laptop and could utilise the Wi-Fi.


Brisbane City Council has begun introducing Wi-Fi to many local parks, so if none of these locations are convenient for you, follow this link to find a park closer to you. Alternatively, most coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi and are more than happy to let you sit quietly in a corner and work away. With so many beautiful locations around Brisbane to study at, I guess I will have to search a little harder to find my next excuse not to study.
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