Students hog seats in NUS study spot with shavers, towels and blankets

Students hog seats in NUS study spot with shavers, towels and blankets

With its spanking new residences and state-of-the-art facilities, University Town (UTown) is the crown jewel of the National University of Singapore (NUS).

But behind the education hub's beautiful facade lies ugly student behaviour - seat-hogging.

The fight for a place in UTown has extended beyond its residential colleges and into its indoor and outdoor study areas, also known as study clusters.

Students have been hogging seats in the 24-hour air-conditioned study rooms there, with some even leaving their belongings unattended on tables and chairs overnight.

With final exams coming up in less than three weeks, such inconsiderate behaviour has drawn the ire of fellow NUS students.

German exchange student Lukas Brecheler was delighted at first when he secured accommodation in UTown.

But the stiff competition for study spaces quickly burst his bubble.

Mr Brecheler, 22, who is on a year-long exchange here, told The New Paper: "You have to fight for the study rooms here.

"I was surprised at first because it's not like that in Germany, but now, I'm used to it."

Even going to the study rooms in the wee hours of the morning does not guarantee students a table.

First-year law undergraduate Samuel Ling, 27, knows this first-hand.

At 5am on Monday, he went to the Ian and Peony Ferguson Study, a 24-hour study room in UTown which requires card access, and was greeted by the sight of a room full of unattended belongings, but empty of students.

Mountains of notes and textbooks lay on the tables, with towels hanging off the sides.

Chairs were scattered with neck pillows and blankets, while half-eaten food, bags and trash lined the window ledge.

Mr Ling told TNP: "Students are obviously leaving their stuff there overnight to reserve the tables.

"They are selfish and entitled and don't spare a thought for others."

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