by Adelyn Tan (16A01E) and Choo Shuen Ming (16A01E)
Feeling the stress from CTs? Unable to find a perfect place where you can focus and get down to work? Study Go Where? is a series featuring potential study locations suggested by Rafflesians, accompanied by brief overviews of their studying suitability – so you can find out without having to visit it! This will be our last edition of Study Go Where? for the June holidays this year, but if you’re still clueless on where you can study, check out previous reviews here and here!
In this special edition of Study Go Where?, Raffles Press brings to you priceless study places that cost (next to) nothing to occupy. Be prepared for varying levels of humidity and comfort, and a whole lotta productivity being close to nature.
1. Vivocity Grass Patch (outside the Paradise Dynasty SkyPark, Rooftop of VivoCity)
Bustling with activity from morning to night, VivoCity serves as a shopping mall, event area and a linkway from the mainland to Sentosa. Yet, amidst all the never-ending human traffic, perched on the roof of the mall is an aesthetically appealing, peaceful SkyPark, complete with an amphitheatre, Olympic-pool-sized water feature and an abundance of open spaces – a perfect place to study.
- Wear long pants and bring a mat of sorts, to shield yourself from the prickly grass.
- Bring a clipboard or a hard surface for writing.
Located in Southern Singapore.
By MRT: Harboufront Station (Circle Line, North-East Line)
By Bus: Buses 10, 30, 30e, 57, 61, 65, 80, 97, 97e, 100, 123, 123M, 131, 143, 145, 166, 855, NR1, NR6, RWS8. Alight at Harboufront Station.
The SkyPark itself is wheelchair accessible.
Wifi Access: Wireless@SG, but connection quality is spotty.
Power Sockets: Not Available
Aircon: Not Available. The area is open-air, but the trees present can provide shade, and there is many a strong breeze.
Marché and Paradise Dynasty are situated close by. Both are fairly pricey, but there are other cheaper food alternatives around the mall. See VivoCity’s directory for more information.
Very low. Few people come near the area and fewer still choose to sit on the grass patch under the trees for long. There is little disturbance from members of the public.
High. A fairly conducive environment for those who enjoy studying near Nature.
Monday to Sunday: 10AM – 10 PM
2. Open Space Behind Changi Airport’s Astons
(Level 3 of Terminal 1’s Viewing Mall, Departure Check-in Hall)
It’s never a dull moment at Changi Airport, what with several facilities open around the clock for people to satisfy their hunger pangs, catch a quick nap before boarding their connecting flight, or… even study. The numerous spacious open areas found around the airport are especially suitable for groups of students looking to combine bonding time and pre-paper mugging, and this is one of them.
Tip: No tables are available here – it’s best not to bring laptops for work!
Located in Eastern Singapore.
By MRT: Changi Airport Station (East-West Line)
By Bus: Buses 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 858.
Alight at the basement level of Changi Airport’s terminals.
The open space is wheelchair accessible and easily found.
Wifi Access: Wireless@SG and WiFi@Changi.
Power Sockets: Not Available. The nearest ones are a floor down at the communal charging stations.
Right beside Astons, which offers Western cuisine at affordable prices.
Other 24-hour restaurants and cafes are situated within Changi Airport, including Paris Baguette, Toast Box and Swensen’s. See Changi Airport’s directory for a full list.
Low. Few people are found sitting around the area due to the lack of seats. Huddle in a corner further away from Astons and you’re fine.
High… as long as you can study productively without a proper chair and table, although you’ll have to lie on the floor or sit and lean against a wall. Recommended for those who can study anywhere and everywhere, and who aren’t using a laptop.
Monday to Sunday: 24 Hours
3. MRT Train Floors
Trains. You may think they’re noisy, shaky, crowded, and generally miserable. And you’d be right – well, if you’re standing up at least.
Take a seat on the floor however, and everything changes when you suddenly find yourself a great surface to sit on! You’ll no longer lose your balance, and the slow rocking of the train as it moves actually becomes calming. The low rumblings and background chatter could in fact make for useful white noise and become conducive for studying. (If that’s not your thing though, feel free to bring along earphones.) Lastly, the crowds are now great scenery. Look up every few minutes, and hey, the view’s changed! You’ll never get bored again, and besides, who knows? You may look up to realise that a friend coincidentally just got on the same train.
The best spaces to occupy are the grey tunnel links between carriages. If those aren’t available, the corners beside the doors are a good bet too, as long as you can fit there without obstructing other passengers.
- Remember to bring a clipboard, or some sort of hard surface for writing.
- Pack light – You don’t want your whole stack of Economics notes carpeting the train floor after a fumble.
- Be considerate. Don’t take up more space than you need, and don’t trip anyone over.
- Don’t overstay (which can easily happen if you’re not watching your timing). As far as this writer knows, you can remain on a train without exiting for a maximum of 2 hours, after which there is a penalty. (Do check again with the MRT staff though, if in doubt!)
- Ride fares range from 22¢ to a maximum of $1 for a train ride when using a student concession card. If needed, calculate train ride fares here.
Find your nearest MRT to hop on a train, any train at all, and voila!
Wifi Access: Not Available. You’re on your own here with mobile data – but on the bright side, there’s less room for internet distractions.
Power Sockets: Not Available.
None on the train, or else you may get fined for eating, but feel free to get off at a random stop to find some good food!
Low to High, depending on the time of the day and peak hour crowds (it gets more crowded around 7 – 9 AM and 6 – 9 PM).
First trains usually are at about 5.30am, and last trains usually depart around 11.30pm. Don’t go at timings too close though!