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Finding a quiet space at Congress 2016


If you want to avoid the crowds – or just need a break – at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, you are in luck! The University of Calgary is providing designated quiet spaces around campus which will be open for the duration of Congress.

  • Education Tower – 202C
  • Professional Faculties – 1243 (lobby and study space)
  • Taylor Family Digital Library – 150 A/B/C
  • TFDL – 210 A/B/C/G/H/J
  • TFDL – 260 B/C
  • MacEwan Hall – 275 – Student Club Space

There will also be a mother-baby room available to those attendees who are nursing in MacEwan Hall – 229 – Falstaff. To find these rooms check out the campus map provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Quiet spaces off campus

  • Nose Hill Park (5620 14 St. N.W.)
    This park has hiking trails and beautiful grasslands. The park covers 11 square kilometres and gets its name from the fact that from certain locations, it looks like a nose.
  • Oolong Tea House (110 10 St. N.W.)
    This cafe has a vast tea selection and a quiet atmosphere in the morning hours. It can get busy in the afternoon, so keep that in mind.
  • Vendome Café (940 2nd Ave. N.W.)
    Nestle into some buttermilk waffles while listening to the cappucinos being made. It tends to get busy around lunchtime but then gets quiet again by 2 p.m. They also have live music on Thursday nights.
  • Mount Royal University meditation centre (4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W. – W201)
    A nice spot to gather your thoughts, this room is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It has a couch that you can use or prayer mats, if needed.
  • Analog Coffee (740 17 Ave. S.W.)
    Open until midnight, this café makes drinking coffee a whole body experience. Let the friendly staff make a drink suggestion as you take in the cozy atmosphere. Full disclosure: it can get busy, so if you like background atmosphere, this is the place for you. If you want something quieter, check out their Roastery location at 4021 9 St. S.E.

Do you have a suggestion for a quiet space while at Congress this year? Comment below.

Tara Siebarth
Tara is the Depity Editor for University Affairs.
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