UTS Central: what’s in it for students?
UTS Central is set to become ‘student central’ when the first spaces open in mid-2019. From study spaces to social hubs – inside and out – our newest building has all the features a student could want.
The main informal student spaces are clustered in the podium (lower) floors of the building, from levels 3 to 8, as well as on level 9. Wifi coverage extends throughout the student spaces, which also feature power sockets with recharge points for devices.
As has been revealed, level 3 is dominated by an expansive food court with eight eateries and seating for about 440. A student kitchen with microwaves and instant chilled/boiling water is tucked away in the Broadway/Jones St corner of level 3, adjacent to vending machines and the Food Co-op. A light-filled learning commons with group tables and booth seating is also on this floor, as is a convenient parents room.
Up a floor on level 4 (the main entry floor from Broadway) are several generous learning commons, extending into all corners of the building, including a Student Services hub. Nearby, a dedicated Careers hub incorporates consulting rooms for the Careers Drop-in Service and other job-related conversations. Three bookable group study rooms are also located on this floor.
Level 5 has plenty to offer students. While the UTS Reading Room and connecting wintergarden terrace may not open until late 2019, a huge 1200 sqm learning commons – the biggest in the building – will be a popular destination from day one. It includes nine bookable group study rooms.
Another large learning commons can be found on level 6, along with ten more group study rooms and a general access computer lab. The second level of the UTS Reading Room, also on this floor, includes more seating. Another large learning commons is available on level 7, alongside the first floor of the three-level UTS Library, a coffee kiosk and a small terrace area. Like the Reading Room, the Library is set to open late in 2019.
While levels 8 and 9 won’t be accessible until the UTS Library opens in late 2019, these floors will offer even more informal student spaces. Level 8 features sweeping landscaped terraces overlooking Alumni Green and Broadway, accessible through the Library, while level 9 incorporates more study areas within the Library, including another large learning commons and several group study rooms, along with a wintergarden terrace.
It all adds up for students
The numbers don’t lie – UTS Central is going to be a spacious student hub with lots of study and social space.
- Space: 11,000 sqm of floor space is dedicated to learning commons and the UTS Library – that’s around a quarter of the entire building.
- Collaborative study: 27 bookable group study rooms will be available in the podium.
- Desktop computers: 244 general access computers (PCs and Macs).
- Outdoor spaces: five outdoor spaces will make great venues for socialising and connection or quiet study and reading. They include the big UTS Library terraces on levels 7 and 8, and the smaller terraces on levels 5 to 7.
- Food and coffee: eight eateries in the food court on level 3 will offer a variety of cuisines, or students can DIY lunch in the kitchen on the same floor. There will also be a coffee cart on level 7.
- Cold/hot water: All the main student floors (levels 3–9) will feature bubblers, chilled water or water refill stations, with instant boiling water also available on levels 3 and 8.