New uses for old spaces

8 October 2010

One of UCL’s most popular hangouts – the Print Room Café – was created thanks to the generous supporters of the Greatest Needs and Opportunities Fund.

Once the site of UCL’s print works, the area on South Junction has been refurbished to create a stylish space for coffee, food and intellectual debate.  Open to students, staff – and of course alumni – the café spills out onto the square at South Junction, transforming the area.

Print Room Cafe

The Print Room Café is at the heart of a new café culture at UCL.  Despite the technological requirements of today’s students and researchers, the Print Room Café confirms that environments for thoughtful and lively intellectual debate are essential for ideas to thrive.

Gesche Ipsen, founding editor of Opticon1826, UCL’s postgraduate-led journal, explains “It has been incredibly difficult to find congenial places at UCL where we can meet to discuss group projects, academic or otherwise.  We had serious problems finding rooms for the Opticon1826 editorial board to hold its meetings because the journal is not run by a particular department or faculty.  The new Print Room Café is therefore very useful: it has wonderfully long opening hours and there is enough room for a large group of us to sit together.”

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