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Returning to campus

For those students able to join us on campus in September, we are working to ensure that our premises and activities follow government guidance and are Covid-19 secure. This page has information about which campus facilities are open and how to access them, and what to expect when you arrive.

Covid-secure: what to expect

We are re-configuring our campuses – including our lecture theatres and other learning spaces, our libraries, and our study and social spaces – to make sure that we can all maintain social distancing and the hygiene standards necessary to mitigate the risk of coronavirus. Find out more about the 2020 student experience.

As we begin to reopen our campus facilities the safety and security of our students, staff and our wider community is our top priority.

  • Teaching spaces will be reconfigured on a ‘one metre plus’ social distancing model.
  • Two washable face coverings will be provided to each student and member of staff - you will need to wear them when moving about in buildings, in communal areas and in most teaching spaces.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be all around our campuses.
  • Strict cleaning regimes will be implemented.

You will see lots of information about social distancing, hygiene and other guidance and instructions, including our ‘six steps to keep Queen Mary Covid-secure’:

Six steps to keep Queen Mary COVID-Secure [PDF 50KB]

Please follow these steps along with the additional measures that are in place for specific spaces, including library and study spaces, teaching rooms, cafes, and other communal areas.

Study spaces on campus

A number of study desks in different locations on the Mile End Campus are now available to book.

What facilities are available?

Current locations are summarised below – you can find them by looking at the campus map.

Toilet facilities are open in each location, and there is access to networked printers (MFDs).

Please note that the Mile End Library is currently providing a limited onsite service, comprising bookable study space on the ground floor (silent study only) and a pre-arranged click and collect service for borrowing library books which are not available online. Find out more on the Library website.

LocationDesks with fixed PCsDesks with power onlyOpening hours
Mile End Library ground floor 27 38 10.00 - 22.00, Monday - Saturday
Canalside 3 7 10.00 - 22.00, Monday - Saturday
FB 1.15A 26 0 08.00 - 22.00, Monday - Friday
FB 1.23 35 0 08.00 - 22.00, Monday - Friday


Are the facilities safe to use?

Risk assessments for all study spaces have been carried out. Enhanced hygiene measures have been put in place and social distancing at 2m applies. We expect all service users to behave responsibly, and in line with the Queen Mary Code of Student Discipline.

Who can use this study space?

In order to make the Mile End campus Covid-Secure, all students must pre-book before visiting the campus. You must be currently enrolled on a course of study at Queen Mary, and have a valid university ID card. Since study facilities on campus are still limited, please only request to use this space if you do not have suitable facilities at home.

How can I make a booking?

You can make bookings via the Library booking system.

What else do I need to know?

You will need to agree to a set of Terms and Conditions at the time of booking, which are necessary to keep you and the other students using the study space safe. There are limits on the length of time and number of slots that you can book per week, to help us provide this service to all who need it.