Try these unique study spots in Bristol! - Urban Student
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Try these unique study spots in Bristol!

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Looking for a study spot outside of your University? Bristol offers plenty of great alternatives. Don’t forget to check out our ‘Laptop Friendly Cafés in Bristol’ blog!

Here are some of our top picks in Clifton and nearby areas for studying with a coffee and maybe even a little treat!



Folk House

Nestled down a lane near the bottom of Park Street, Bristol Folk House is an adult education centre with a cozy, quiet café and a terrace serving fresh, home-cooked food. It’s a hidden gem for those seeking a casual study spot. Check their website for opening times.




On the harbourside, this trendy art gallery doubles as a great study spot. Its spacious, bright café is perfect for group study sessions, and the quieter Reading Room is also available. Take a culture break in between your study sessions! Visit the Arnolfini site for more information.



Society Café
Located by the harbourside, Society Café is ideal for revision with excellent coffee, tempting cakes, and a relaxed atmosphere. It offers plenty of plug sockets and reliable Wi-Fi. For opening hours, check the Society Café website.



Boston Tea Party
With five locations across the city, the original branch on Park Street offers plenty of seating, an outdoor garden, and a diverse menu. It’s popular with students for solo study or group discussions. Check out their website for more details.



Spicer and Cole at the RWA
Situated in the Royal West of England Academy gallery, this café serves ethically sourced food and drinks throughout the day. With outdoor seating overlooking a fountain, it’s a lovely spot on a sunny day. Note that there is a no-laptop policy during lunch hours. More details are available on their website.



Caffè Nero
For those who prefer late study sessions, the Queens Road branch of Caffè Nero stays open until 7 pm during the week. It has cozy nooks perfect for evening study sessions. Visit their website for more information.



The Cloakroom Café
A tiny gem just off Park Row, The Cloakroom Café, once a public toilet, now serves a great selection of coffees, pastries, and sweet treats.



Bristol Central Library
Located next to Bristol Cathedral, this library is open daily and features a beautiful, book-lined reference library that serves as a silent oasis in the city’s heart. There are usually plenty of desks available, but keep in mind that it’s not as secure as university libraries, so don’t leave personal items unattended. For more details, visit the Bristol Central Library webpage.



Happy studying! Will you try any of these spots?



Published: 17.06.24 by Phoebe Clutton