Student Spaces

With the creation of physical spaces within the college, we hope that these student spaces can help create a supportive and conducive environment for our students to live and learn together. Students can have small group discussions with their peers and fellows, as well as hold events to promote social, educational and cultural interaction, and bonding at these purpose-built spaces.

Reading Room

Thomas Jefferson famously quipped, "I cannot live without books." Similarly, Tembusu College believes that books — and the ideas they bring with them — are the vitality, and life, of any community. The collection is carefully curated with the input of the entire fellowship; there is a myriad of books reflecting the movement of thought from the ancients to the contemporary. The opening hours of the reading room are weekdays from 7pm till 11pm during the semester. Our catalogue can be found at

Games Room

The games room includes a football table, a pool table, air hockey and an X-Box 360 Kinect. The walls are graffitied by students in one of the college's module "Murals: Expressions from/on the Walls". The room is decorated and furnished, through a student initiative, it bears all the marks of the Tembusu Community. And it's a great place to go to when you're supposed to be studying.

The Abbey

Equipped with a drum kit, keyboards, various guitars, and an amplifier, The Abbey is a great place for the college community to show off its musical talents. Since its advent, many a band has been born in this room.

The Atlas

The Atlas is a space in which Tembusians who have been on overseas student-exchange programmes, students who are interested in going on an overseas exchange programme, and overseas students who are currently at Tembusu on exchange programmes gather. This is also the venue our alumni return to and hold talks, workshops, events, and share their experiences — both of their time here, and after graduating from our programme with current students at the college. Thus, it is a place where people, ideas, cultures, mingle, mix, explore, and learn from each other.

The Common Lounge

Level 1 Common Lounge is a space that is widely used by our students for social gatherings, discussions, study spaces, etc. Student's Teas, Work-in-Progress Seminars, House Parties are some of the many activities that take place in the Common Lounge. There is also a piano located in the lounge for students who would like to mesmerise the crowd with the tunes.

The Amphitheatre

The Basement 1 Amphitheatre is a popular hangout place for house events in the evenings such as Open Mic, Mid-Autumn Festival Gatherings, etc. Plenty of space for students to spend the evening enjoying the songs by their fellow peers. It is also a frequently used workout space by one of our interest groups (tCali). Come down in the evenings to join them to work that biceps and abs.The College is also within close proximity to the following amenities and services within University Town:

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.