Although the first EM-survival guide for Polak Building was well read, there was also skepticism about the guide. Because you were wondering: can you survive the Polak building at all? Therefore now, for those who lost all hope on a nice place to work at the Polak, we present to you five alternative study places on campus so that you too can outsmart the Polak.

Survivaltip 1: The breakout room in the G building

It is perhaps the most remote building of the campus, but that also has its benefits. It is always quiet there and it does not even have such different opening hours compared to the Polak. From 7:30 to 22:00 you can go there. Immediately makes it impossible for you to miss that last metro home.

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Survivaltip 2: Erasmus Honours Academy

You know, that quiet study room on the other side of the Pavilion restaurant. There are super chill couches to collapse on while studying and there are charging points in abundance for your laptop. A formidable opponent of Polak, but therefore also popular and quickly filled. Accessible from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 21:00, but that can vary due to events in the Pavilion.

Nederland, Rotterdam, 01-09-2016 EM campus woudestein stockbeeld Foto: ©Ronald van den Heerik

Survivaltip 3: The C-hall

If you enter the Theil building from the front, to the left and right you see round study tables against the windows. Some tables have red sofas that extend all the way around the table. These couches provide the ultimate ‘bubble effect’. You can isolate yourself completely from the rest of the C-hall and you therefore do not get disturbed from the outgoing lectures. The building is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 22:30 and Saturday from 08:30 to 13:00.

Nederland, Rotterdam, 15-09-2016 Sfeerbeelden van de campus Woudestein. Centrale hal in C-gebouw, Theil-building met studenten. Foto: ©Ronald van den Heerik

Survivaltip 4: Van der Goot Building

Where exams will be made, there it should be quiet. So the Van der Goot building is ideal for studying. Tranquility is guaranteed and you can sit down at the tables right when you come out of a lecture. Otherwise you’ll wander off to the food court or join friends for ‘just one’  drink in the Pavilion. If you have to study, you’d better do so as soon as possible, then at least it’s done.

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Survivaltip 5: Silence / computer room in the T building

Away from the hustle and bustle of STAR, the business administration study association, the T-building is a good place for a focused study session. Indeed, there are 64 study places without a PC on floor 4 (BIC space T4-50) available. Here you can study on weekdays from 9:00 to 21:30. There are several computer labs on the third floor open for own use, provided that there are no lectures in the room at that time. Those are opened on weekdays from 9:00 until 21:30 and on Saturdays from 08:30 to 16:00.

I would say, plenty of choice. Enjoy your studying!

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