Recent studies show how complex and messy students' day-to-day study practices can be. They draw in a wide array of technologies; take place in both institutional and personal settings; and involve the consumption and production of a variety of digital and print texts. In a recent JISC-funded study, a striking element of students' accounts was the importance attached to creating productive places for study. Examples of such work will be presented, using images and textual data to illustrate such sites of study, and focusing on the subsequent management of boundaries between sites of personal, professional and study activities. The analysis will show how spaces are not simply found, nor are they just 'containers' for social practice, but are constantly generated by students and form part of the sociomaterial assemblages required to undertake their studies.