The Self-access centre is the ideal place to study if you're interested in languages. It's a quiet sanctuary for independent learning, offering a variety of language facilities and resources.

Why use the Self-access centre?

  • Practise, expand and improve language skills at your own pace
  • For all levels of language abilities from beginners' to advanced
  • Work independently in a quiet and relaxed environment
  • Use a range of materials and equipment
  • Work with other students in small groups
  • Take control of your own learning
  • Develop confidence as a language learner

Location: Room C66, Trent Building, University Park campus

Telephone: 0115 951 5863

Open during term time: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm



  • 26 Computers equipped with headphones
  • Access to worldwide TV channels including 24 hour news
  • Course books, many with accompanying audio
  • Facilities for using ‘T’ settings for the hard of hearing
  • Grammar books
  • Dictionaries
  • Reference books
  • Easy readers, magazines and newspapers

Online resources

Box of Broadcasts

This is a service which lets staff and students record recent television and radio programmes. Most terrestrial freeview channels are available. More information about Box of Broadcasts.


Kanopy is a film streaming platform which staff and students can sign up to for free. The collection contains over 26,000  documentaries, training videos and feature films which can be streamed from any location on various devices. More information about Kanopy.


Study partners (Tandem learning)

Tandem is a fun and free way for students and staff to practise and exchange their native language skills in tandem with a language partner.

Tandem matches participants who then meet weekly to exchange their native language skills.

Please contact a member of staff if you are interested in participating in the Tandem scheme.

What some of our students think about the Self-access centre

Crucial for language study, general immersion in culture/language and improving specific language skills
A great resource and a great environment  
Makes you more productive between lectures  
There’s always a computer, it’s nice and quiet and feels more private than the library.