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Non-library study spots at UTM

This year marks the 50th anniversary of UTM’s opening. What began as a single-building campus called Erindale College is now the second-largest campus at U of T. Its rapid growth from 155 students in 1967 to 13,500 undergraduates in 2017 strained a number of aspects of student life, including the ability to find available study spaces on campus.

Luckily, with three new buildings opening in the last six years with study spaces integrated in their design, it’s become easier to find a place to sit down and hit the books. Thankfully, there are finally more options than just the library.

Deerfield Hall

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Opened in 2014, Deerfield Hall boasts conference rooms that hold 8–24 people, as well as lecture halls and classrooms available to book for those times when you want to study with 100 of your closest classmates. The main level has a mix of individual and communal study spaces, and the Northside Bistro is only a few steps away. 

Instructional Centre

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The Instructional Centre has collaborative and private study spaces, as well as a computer lab and 500-seat auditorium. There’s a small computer lab area on the second level and casual seating on the main level, if you don’t mind working in noisier environments. The building has a geothermal heating and cooling system, a green roof, a rainwater system, and is run on solar power energy. Its relaxed atmosphere should provide you with the peace of mind to get through your paper.

Innovation Complex

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Home to multiple offices, departments, and units, including the Office of the Registrar, the Innovation Complex opened in 2014 and was partially funded by a $10 million investment over 10 years by the City of Mississauga. The main rotunda is always bustling with students, but it’s a great place to meet with others for collaborative work in one of the more unique spaces on campus. Study breaks can include stepping into the Blackwood Gallery across the hall to engage with contemporary art, or grabbing a drink and snack at Second Cup.

The student’s guide to Mississauga

Chill at Studio.89

Studio.89 is a community hub and fair trade café that offers a wide range of fun and
empowering activities. They host several events each week, including yoga, paint
nights, and networking workshops. It’s a cozy café with board games, books, and yummy organic treats.

Cost: Under $10 for savoury treats, under $5 for sweet treats

Distance from UTM: 15 minutes by car

Visit Port Credit

With a beautiful waterfront, amazing restaurants, live music, and vibrant nightlife,
Port Credit is a neighbourhood worthy of your time. It’s the home of several festivals, a farmers’ market, and outdoor movie screenings. Stroll through this neighbourhood, visit the boutique stores, watch the sunset while the boats cruise down the lake, and make sure to check out the harbour lighthouse — it’s a sight you don’t want to miss.

Cost: Free

Distance from UTM: 15 minutes by car

Spend a day at Scooter’s Roller Palace

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Go old-school and visit this retro roller skating rink. Scooter’s is the best place to let loose and forget about your classes. Jam to the DJ’s music, enjoy some snacks, and get your cardio on.

Cost: Around $15, including skate rental

Distance from UTM: 10 minutes by car

Relax at Kariya Park

This hidden city oasis offers a Japanese-style garden and cherry blossom trees. Kariya Park is located right next to the hub of downtown Mississauga, a short distance from a variety of transit routes. Whether you’re having a picnic by the pond or taking a walk through the flowerbeds, this lovely park is an ideal spot to unwind from your studies — it’s also the perfect place to take your next profile picture!

Cost: Free

Distance from UTM: 15 minutes by car

Hang out at Celebration Square

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Celebration Square is a Mississauga classic. Located in the heart of the city, this public facility is a great spot to hang out any time of year. The square hosts year-round events like ice skating and movie nights, and it hosts a fabulous New Year’s Eve party as well. If you need to study, Mississauga’s Central Library is the perfect place to work right next door.

Cost: Free

Distance from UTM: 10 minutes by car

Spend a night out at &Company Resto Bar

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Located in the heart of Mississauga, this stylish nightclub and restaurant has a vibrant rooftop patio and a great dance floor. The bar also offers free dance lessons every Wednesday for ‘Latin Night.’ Just like downtown Toronto nightlife, &Company Resto Bar is the place to be on a Saturday night in the suburbs.

Cost: Varied

Distance from UTM: 15 minutes by car