We’ve all seen lists that try and rank the best study spots at UNSW. It’s a trite cliché at this point; people in Facebook comments talking about their boring and overdone study locations like the main library, the law library, or outdoors if they’re feeling especially daring. Here at The Jugular we’re all about writing cutting-edge articles. Giving helpful, relevant advice about UNSW study locations is certainly not cutting-edge, so we’ve decided to break past the mainstream and answer a question no one’s ever asked: What are the WORST spots to study on campus? You may call this a waste of time, but we like to think of this as exploring uncharted journalistic territory. So, without further ado, here are our picks for the all-time worst study spots at UNSW.
5. The Roundhouse
It seems like a perfect idea at first- if studying is too boring, then what’s stopping me from studying in the most exciting building on campus? I’m all for listening to music while studying, but I’m not sure the Roundhouse’s rotation of early 2010s club music is exactly conducive to a high-yield study session. Mind you, the speakers at this place run at around the same volume as a Boeing 777 jet engine, just in case you had any last shred of hope that it was possible to study here. How much alcohol can someone consume until they can no longer study properly? We’re not sure- but from our experience studying here, the answer is probably somewhere between 0 and 10 shots.
4. The Wallace Wurth toilets
In many ways, studying in the Wallace Wurth toilets is enormously underrated. The silence is mostly uninterrupted, there’s no risk that someone will interrupt your study, and the seating is extremely comfortable. For some reason though, your colleagues may treat you differently if you try and convince them to hold your next group project meeting in the Wallace Wurth toilets. The sole reason why we rank these toilets as a bad study location is the unfortunate lack of any power sockets to charge your devices. However, we are hopeful that the staff will see to this critical issue sometime in the future.
3. The Cadaver Storage room
This secret study spot has the unique privilege of being the only location on our list that will get you kicked out of med if you actually go there. Some students may be willing to break into the cadaver storage facilities just for a little extra hands-on anatomy education, but The Jugular formally advises against this. Not only is it illegal and highly unethical, but we cannot rule out the possibility that these rooms may be the site of some paranormal activity. Complete Anatomy is free anyway.
2. The UNSW Subway
In my decades of experience eating at Subway locations around the country, I can firmly say that I have never seen anyone actually sit down at the invariably dirty tables to eat their food, let alone to study. However, medical students are prone to multitasking, and may find themselves wanting to eat lunch whilst simultaneously catching up on their 200 overdue Anki cards. I’ve foolishly been in this situation myself, and from personal experience, would strongly recommend against ever mistaking Subway as a potential underrated study location. The seats are uncomfortable, the smell is distracting, and if anyone sees you studying here, your image will be irreparably damaged.
1. The Wallace Wurth Study Area
The Wallace Wurth study area is a good place to study if you hate being productive. From my experience, I can study for a maximum of about 2 minutes here before I see someone I know and get distracted. Is this my fault for having a below-average attention span? Probably, but I would prefer thinking that it’s the study area’s fault for being located right in the middle of the medical student hive that is Wallace Wurth. Nonetheless, the recent renovation of these study areas has led to an amazing glow up. Remember that only a couple of months ago, the Wallace Wurth “study area” was an incongruous collection of a couple of chairs and the occasional plastic round table.