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My Favourite Spots on Campus

By AlessandraRA 03 Jan 2023

Looking for the best spots on campus? My name is Alessandra, I’m one of the Residential Assistants here at Queen Mary and here are my top 5 spots I recommend making the most of on our Mile End campus.

1. Canalside  

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My favourite spot on campus hands down, perfect for lunch when the sun is out! Being next to the canal with wildlife all around and looking into Mile End Park is surprisingly calming and offers a good break from studying. Queenie the campus cat is sometimes around too! It can get quite busy so it’s quite difficult to find space to study here during lunchtime but I’m always there to unwind so this doesn’t matter too much to me personally. There are study rooms you can use if you wish to study and can’t find a bench outside.
Canalside is situated just behind France House.

2. St Benet’s Chaplaincy

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The place I go to when I need some quiet time. It’s such a welcoming space for all students, regardless of their faith or beliefs. A variety of creative and spiritual events are run here, I particularly enjoy the mindfulness sessions as they are free and the atmosphere inside the Chaplaincy is so serene. You can even hear and feel the trains from the tube beneath you!
You can find St Benet’s Chaplaincy on the right-hand side of the main entrance to the Queens Building.

3. The Curve

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The Curve really helps me out when I haven’t had time to do a food shop or don’t feel like cooking. The variety of food on the menu is a bonus, prices are competitive considering we’re in London and it’s convenient being so close to my accommodation. I enjoy grabbing lunch here with friends after lectures or there’s the option to take food away if you’re in a rush. I also love the gazebo section outside with the Foosball table, it’s a good space to hang out with friends.
The Curve is just past the Village Shop on the right-hand side as you walk towards Library Square.

4. Drapers

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Being the closest club to halls makes Drapers a very convenient night out, no long tube journeys home! There are multiple nights out per week but my personal favourite is Hail Mary, all the sports teams get together on the last Wednesday of every month and take part in drinking socials, it’s always good fun! Events here aren’t always drink-related - from playing pool to comedy nights to Hama beading, there’s something for everyone.  
You can find Drapers just next to Qmotion.

5. Ground Café

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Always buzzing, I like going to our on-campus café after lectures instead of the group space in the library to discuss studies with coursemates and to grab a drink or a pastry. It’s super near the library too so if you need a break from studying it’s a good space to come to! I love the sofas there; they makes the café feel a bit more homely.
The Ground Café can be found near Library Square as you walk towards the Student Union, it’s also not too far from Arts Two.

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AlessandraRA Hi! My name is Alessandra and I am studying Biomedical Sciences having done a Foundation Year last year. I grew up in South London and have come to Queen Mary as a mature student. Hope to see you around campus, please feel free to come and say hello!
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