Study spots

Fileholder: Yannick Hoff
Contact: faciliteiten@oras.nl
Last Update: July 2017, by Natalie Brik


We see the shortage in study spots as one of the biggest problems on campus. The number of students is growing, but the number of study spots does not. Last year new study spots are realised in the Library, thanks to ORAS, and on at the CEG faculty. But this is not enough, that’s why we keep this topic high on the agenda. At this moment the new buildings Pulse (2018) and the ‘New Education Centre’ (2020) are important, these buildings will host a lot of study spots besides lecture halls. At the same time we take steps in improving the quality and findability of study spots, in this way we can use existing study spots better.

Impression of Pulse (2018)


ORAS thinks every student should be able so study flexible, to study where and when you want. We saw a lot of students like to study on campus, this is why we want sufficient study spots on campus, for all students. We do not only look at the number, but also at the different kinds of study places: silent work places, computer places, groupwork spots and meeting places.

Current situation

1. Problem

The growth of the student population is the main cause for the shortage in study spots. You will always find students studying in the Library, but at busy moments, the Library has not enough capacity to host all students. At some faculties, like 3mE, the number of students has exploded and you can see the results of it in the study areas. In general students feel more pressure to study hard than a few years ago, because of rules like the BSA, this is also a reason for growth in the demand for study spots on campus.

2. Number of study spots

In 2015 the number of study spots on campus is counted, you can see the study spots per faculty (link). At the TU Delft we distinguish 3 types of study spots:

  • Long study workplace
  • Short study workplace
  • Meeting place

In the ‘studieplekwijzer’ (link, NL) you can find the differences between these study spots. The differences can for example be found in the number of sockets or the comfort-ability of a chair.

3. Quick Wins

In 2016 the TU Delft did also see the strong demand for more study spots, so they took action together with the Student Council. We could codecision in the location of a special ‘Quick Win’ budget, this resulted in more study spots at:

  • South wing of the Library

You will find new study spots when you enter the Library and look at the right, in the past employees were situated here. ORAS has suggested this idea several times through the years, we are happy these 85 spots are available for students at such a popular building as the Library.

  • Ground flour CEG

Around 70 study spots are realised at the ground floor at the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. These spots are perfect for long and silent studying.

4. What are we working on?

The extra study spots that were realised in the Quick Win project are nice, but it does not solve the problem totlaay, that’s why we keep working on study spots. We think in different directions to solve the problem: more study spots (in new building), improve the quality and making all places easier to find.

  • Nieuwe gebouwen

In September 2018 a new education building, named ‘Pulse’ will be finished. When you walk or bike along the faculty of IDE you see construction has started. On the website of the TU you can find more information about the plans and the status. http://campusdevelopment.tudelft.nl/project/pulse/ In Pulse you will find a lot of dedicated spots and at the horeca  you find a lot of meeting places. The lecture halls will be flat and furnished for work lecture and self studying. This means a lot of extra study spots in Pulse in week 8, 9 and 10! Another good aspect of Pulse are the opening hours, these will be comparable with the Library!

Besides Pulse in 2018, another bug education centre will be build in 2020.  The most up to date information you can find at http://campusdevelopment.tudelft.nl/project/new-education-centres/. In the plans a big lecture hall (700 seats), a lot of work lecture halls, but also more than 300 study spots are designed. We are currently talking about what kind of study spots, big halls or small rooms?

  • Quality

On campus a lot of differents study spots can be find, some much better than other. We would like to see all study spots of the highest quality, with a good spread of all study places over the campus.

We fight for computers, the faculties tend to lower the number of PC’s, we do not agree with that. Not everyone has a laptop at every moment, this is why PC’s should stay on campus. For some students PC’s are usefull because of certain special software.

  • Making places easier to find

The biggest topic in 2017 is the conversation about improving the findability of study spots. In total the campus has a lot of study spots almost no one knows. Most students only know their own faculty, the Library and maybe the Fellowship. To improve the visibility of sutdy spots an overview is needed for all spots on campus, this information is usefull for students, but also for the organisation of the university. ORAS wants to make this overview live, in this way you can see the availability of study spots at any moment and place. At this moment, de TU does research which sensors are best to measure the occupancy. How the overview is going to look like is one of the conversation topics, we look at the possibilities of integrating it in MAPIQ (https://tudelftlibrary.mapiq.net ) or creating a new platform?

Do you have ideas what we can improve on campus and the study facilities? Let us know at faciliteiten@oras.nl

Sponsored by