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7 Lovely Go-to Study Places for Students in Malaysia

Published by Afterschool.my on Aug 14, 2020, 10:24 am

Getting distracted by food and Netflix while studying at home? Lack of motivation to get out of bed and study while staying in your bedroom?

Study environment is undeniably one of the key factors that could drive us towards academic success. A good study environment could easily boost your productivity and help you to learn better. (P/s: not all of us can easily study on a tree anyway.)

If you are bored of studying at your room, check out these places that will immerse you in a concentrating study ambience!

#1 Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur Dataran Merdeka

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After closing down for renovation, Perpustakaan Kuala Lumpur was finally reopened in November 2019. Equipped with beautiful aesthetic study corners and free high-speed internet, it is no doubt one of the best study places in Malaysia. Private rooms are available for students to carry out group discussions too!

Plus, students can travel there easily via public transportation. The library is only a 10-minutes walk from Masjid Jamek LRT Station and Pasar Seni MRT Station.

Address: 1, Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur.

Operation Hour:

(Tuesday – Friday) 10am – 5.30 pm

(Saturday & Sunday) 10am – 5pm

Closed on Monday, public holiday and first Sat & Sun of the month.

Fee: Entrance and membership are free.

#2 Penang Digital Library, Georgetown

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Did you know that this library has no books? Well, at least not physically. Penang Digital Library, first launched in 2016, incorporated modern technology and redesigned the traditional idea of a library. With free entrance, 24-hours access (before MCO) and a homey vibe, it has quickly become a popular spot among local high school and university students to burn the midnight oil before exams.

If you wish to browse its digital book collection, just sign up for its yearly membership. Private rooms are available for rental too.

Address: 135, Jln Masjid Negeri, Taman Guan Joo Seng, 11600 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Operation Hour (as of July 2020):

Penang Digital Library Phase 1 – Open Daily (8.00a.m. – 10.00p.m.)

Penang Digital Library Phase 2 - Open Daily (8.00a.m. – 10.00p.m.)

Fee: Premium membership (per annum) – RM60 (Normal) | RM30 (Student)

#3 Sabah State Library (Tanjung Aru Branch)

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First opened in 2019, Sabah State Library Tanjung Aru Branch was said to be the nation’s first environmentally-friendly library. It provides 5 floors of books, magazines, electronic resources as well as electronic gadget for public to use. To cater for Special Needs group, Braille and Tactile books are also available for loan. Users can also access the library Wi-fi by registering at the counter.

Address: 1, Tanjung Aru, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Operation Hour:

Monday – Friday: 9am to 9pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 2pm

Open on public holidays.

Fee: Free membership for children, teens (19 & below), senior citizens (55 & above) and OKU. Adult membership fee is only RM10 for 2 years. View different types of membership here: https://library.sabah.gov.my/index.php/en/faqs

#4 Common Room, Bangi

Co-working space has become fairly popular especially in the Klang Valley area. Common Room, located in Bangi, Selangor, provides students a space to study or carry out group discussion with friends. With just RM10, students can stay for as many hours as they wish. What’s more? High-speed internet and free flow of snacks and coffee provided!

Address: 189A, Jalan 8/1, Seksyen 8, 43650 Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor

Operation Hour:

Monday - Friday :9:00 am - 10:00 pm

(Phone 10:00am - 7:00 pm)

Weekend - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Fee: RM10/pax (Student)

#5 Herserlef, Sri Petaling

Herserlef, a pay-per-minute co-working space, was started in 2017. It provides a space to anyone who wish to work, study or do assignments in a quiet space. WiFi and plug points are provided. Best part? Free flow of cookies, chips, chocolate rolls, ice cream, coffee, tea, juice and soft drinks!

Address: 38-6, Jalan Radin Bagus 9, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operation Hour:

Monday: 11am to 5pm

Wednesday – Sunday: 11am to 9pm

Closed on Tuesdays.

Fee: 18 cents per minute; 40 mins = RM 7.20; 60 mins = RM 10.80; Above 90 mins = RM 16.20 nett With no minimum time.

#6 SPACEBAR, Setia Alam

SPACEBAR is another open shared space located in Klang Valley where students can stay for as long as they wish for only RM16 per day. Free snacks and coffee provided. Bonus: Free guarded parking for the entire day!

Address: No.3-3, Jalan Setia Prima S U13/S, Seksyen U13, Setia Alam, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor.

Operation Hour: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm.

Fee: RM16/student

#7 Madeleine BookXcess, The Starling Mall

Located in The Starling Mall right next to the bookstore BookXcess, students can grab a cup of coffee and have some pastries while indulging their books or work assignments. You can also have a good read after getting new books from BookXcess or JiuQiu Bookshop.

Address: 6 Jalan SS21/23, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya.

Operation Hours:

Mondays to Sundays 10am to 10pm.

#8 Create Your Own!

Living on a budget? Unable commute to these places? You can try to create or transform your study space at home.

Pick a corner that you’d like to designate as your study space. Make sure your seating is comfortable. (Chair cushion helps!) Decorate it with some plants to make it livelier. Set your phone on silent. Play soft music if you’d prefer. Over time, your brain will catch on and switch to ‘study-mode’ upon entering the designated space.

All in all, the key of a great study space is to boost your productivity and minimise distractions. Hopefully, these places could help to enhance your studying experience!

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