Léa's favourite places to study around LSHTM

MSc Public Health student Léa shares her favourite places to study around LSHTM.
Lea Mansour outside LSHTM Keppel Street Building

If you're a student at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, finding the perfect place to study is key. Fortunately, there are plenty of excellent options within easy reach, from the LSHTM library itself to nearby cafés and other academic institutions. Here are some top picks to help you find the perfect study spot!

LSHTM Library

Student studying at LSHTM library, photo by Lea Mansour
Student studying at LSHTM library, photo by Léa Mansour

The LSHTM library is the first and most obvious choice for students at LSHTM. Located within the campus, the library offers a wide range of resources to help you get your work done. The library is open seven days a week, with extended hours during term time. The friendly library staff are also on hand to offer advice and support on research and referencing, making it an excellent choice for those in need of guidance. 

Senate House Library and café

Study Space at the Senate House Library
Study space at the Senate House library, photo by Léa Mansour

The Senate House library is located just a short walk from LSHTM and offers a peaceful and relaxing space to study. Like the LSHTM library, the Senate House library also has a variety of study spaces available and with its airy, light-filled spaces, it's the perfect place to focus and concentrate on your studies. The Senate House Café is also a great place to refuel, with a range of tasty snacks, sandwiches, and very affordable hot meals on offer. And with its cosy, welcoming atmosphere, it's mainly a great place to hold study group sessions.


Interior of Waterstones at Gower Street, photo by Lea Manour
Inside Waterstones' cafe at Gower Street, photo by Léa Mansour

The first thing that catches your eye when you walk on Warren Street is Waterstones’ beautiful facade. Located just a stone's throw from the LSHTM campus, the building's ornate details and curved edges are a nod to the glamour and luxury of the early 20th century. Inside, the bookstore is no less impressive, as the ambience is both serene and inspiring, making it an ideal place to study. Waterstones also has a café, perfect for students in need of a caffeine boost or a light snack. 

UCL Library

View from UCL Library, photo by Lea Mansour
View from UCL library, photo by Léa Mansour

The UCL library is conveniently located within walking distance of LSHTM. It is open to all registered students and offers study spaces designed to meet the needs of different types of learners. There are quiet study areas for those who prefer to work in silence, group study spaces for collaborative work, and designated areas for students with disabilities. The library also offers access to specialized study rooms, such as language labs and multimedia rooms. 

British Library

British Library, photo by Lea Manour
Inside British Library, photo by Léa Mansour

Finally, no list of places to study around LSHTM would be complete without mentioning the British Library. Located just a short walk from Kings Cross station, the British Library is one of the largest libraries in the world. It has a vast collection of books, manuscripts, and other resources, making it an essential destination for scholars. And with its stunning architecture and grand atmosphere, it's an awe-inspiring place to focus on your studies.

So whether you prefer a quiet library, a cosy café, or a vast and inspiring space to study, there's something for everyone! With their range of amenities and unique atmosphere, these locations are sure to help you stay productive and focused throughout your studies.