After embracing the novice experience, every aspect felt refreshingly new. Upon the culmination of the novisch-week, a sense of comfort settled in. Yet, as the “novice-week double” concluded, I quickly realized that my understanding of the surroundings was not as comprehensive as assumed. Most of what I knew revolved around choosing the best student nation and finding the nearest falafel joint. During those initial weeks, I had countless questions racing through my mind, all while trying to appear composed, despite repeatedly passing the same people because I couldn’t locate the right lecture hall. I often felt awkward, navigating the campus like a lost sasquatch, seeking refuge in my headphones from the harsh reality that I was lost and might have to ask a stranger for directions, which, as a fellow Swede, was uncomfortable.
Despite this, studying in my apartment never appealed to me. The temptation of my bed’s warmth was often hard to resist. Also, the allure of studying with friends always seemed more enticing than doing it by myself. Thus, my search for the best study spot began, which led to the inevitable question – where are the microwaves? Motivated by my commitment to solidarity, I delved into thorough research, and I’m now eager to share my findings.
To start this article off we of course have to mention Ekonomicentrum, fondly known as ”’EC”, comprising EC1, EC2, and EC3. The names of these buildings can be confusing since they aren’t in chronological order. Overall, EC serves as a great hangout spot, and you might even get some studying done. The middle part, EC3, offers a spacious seating area with ample natural light streaming in through large windows. Furthermore, it should be noted that there is a lot of running back and forth in EC and the volume is usually very loud. Therefore, I see EC3 as more of a “lunch-hall” than a study area, where you can get a quick bite between lectures. Yet, if one thrives studying in a loud epicenter of procrastination, EC3 might prove an ideal setting. Microwaves can be found in the basement of EC2 or at Skånis.
A short stroll from EC leads you to Studiecentrum, affectionately known as ‘StudieC,’ a hub usually filled with ‘Lundaekonomer’ despite being part of the Faculty of Engineering (LTH). StudieC consists of 2 floors filled with places to study. There are both big and small tables that are perfect for working on group assignments or just studying with your friends. There are also silent rooms for individual studies. The first floor hosts a cafeteria serving pocket-friendly coffee (only 9 Swedish crowns). StudieC is a very nice place to study, but be warned, it usually gets very crowded, so make sure to be there early to get a seat.
However, the lack of microwaves remains a downside. But don’t worry; you can find them in “D-huset” of LTH, a mere 50 meters away. Just head down the stairwell to what feels like the catacombs and try spotting the Cookie Monster painting. Walk straight towards the painting and turn left and you’ll find a cafeteria equipped with plenty of microwaves.
If the catacombs seem scary, look no further than behind EC2. There you’ll find the spacious beige building of Alfa 1, housing sufficient study spots. Whether you prefer group or solitary studying, there are plenty of tables to accommodate your needs, along with the added convenience of microwaves! Alfa 1 is somewhat of a hidden gem, appreciated for its peacefulness and, usually, unoccupied spaces. Although the basement might give you a slightly enclosed feeling, almost like a bunker, especially during evening hours.
Continuing past Alfa 1, you’ll find the School of Economics’ library, a peaceful study spot tucked away in the final building among the five Alfa buildings. With a nice atmosphere and a great deal of study spaces, the library serves as a great spot. The library also provides access to reference copies for the essential course literature, which is useful if you didn’t manage to borrow one. Additionally, the cherry on top is the presence of microwaves on the first floor. However, do ensure you have your LU-card handy, as there might be instances where the door is locked when you will need it to get in.
Last on the list, near the city center stands Lund’s magnificent University Library, known as ‘UB’. It’s a century-old building adorned with a charming brick facade intertwined with lush ivy. The location serves as a viable alternative for students residing in Lund’s western and southern quarter. “Tegnérsalen” within UB offers a captivating study experience, with its high ceilings, warm brown walls, and vintage furnishings that transport you to 100 years back, channeling the ambiance of an early 20th-century writer’s haven. If you prefer studying with friends, head up to the third floor, where tables between the bookshelves and a great view from the window seats provides an enticing and cozy setting. However, the perpetual question remains; where are the microwaves? Unfortunately, UB doesn’t house any. But being a library, this comes as no surprise. Although you can find microwaves 50 meters away at the School of Language and Literature, called SOL. Upon entering, follow the signs to “Absalon”, that can be spotted on the right hand side, and then the corridor leading to the stairwell. Head down the stairs and follow the signs that say “student kitchen pantry” and you’ll find a range of microwaves and a comfortable seating area.
That concludes this article. Now, as I approach my 2 month mark as a student at the school of economics I can finally declare that I am no longer as lost as I once was. I hope my research can do the same for you.