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The relationship between noise and privacy in UBC students' study spaces and reported stress levels Frackiewicz, Martina; Kim, Kate; Sandhu, Aman; Uy, Ellyce


We examined whether reported noise and privacy levels in University of British Columbia’s (UBC) students’ study spaces on campus are related to their levels of perceived stress through a quasi-experimental study. Data from N=101 UBC students were gathered through a survey at 3 different locations on campus: Irving K. Barber Learning Commons (IKBLC) Commons, IKBLC Silent Study, and Koerner Cubicles. As predicted, students studying in study spaces with higher noise and lower privacy levels (IKBLC Commons) reported higher levels of stress compared to students studying in spaces with lower noise and higher privacy levels (Koerner Cubicles). We found a moderate positive relationship between reported noise and stress levels and a moderate negative relationship between reported privacy and stress levels. Implications and limitations of the study are discussed, along with recommendations for UBC. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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