A good cup of coffee can make a study session so much more bearable. However, getting that good cup of coffee along with the right atmosphere can be difficult. Check out Tejinder's guide to the best around campus.
I've compiled a list of different cafes with different atmospheres which can be suitable for different study techniques. I’ve been to all these cafes to make sure they are good for studying!
1. Starbucks (Lisburn Road)
Starting off with this location of Starbucks is intentional due to the sheer convenience of the location. It is located across from the Medical Biology Centre (MBC) and is a very short walk from the Lanyon building and Peter Froggatt Centre.
While this location gets very busy during the daytime due to the large influx of students getting their daily caffeine fix, I’ve noticed that the atmosphere significantly mellows down during the evening (specifically after 4pm).
If you’re a person who enjoys studying in a very calm and quiet environment, coming here after 4pm can be nice for solo studying or even group studying. They are open pretty late most days – and I know how important those long study sessions can be!
Also, there are MANY outlets for plugging in your electronics, which is essential! So, go get that Pumpkin Spice Latte and get some work done!
2. Town Square
This is a café that also serves a lot of food and drinks. It is located at 45 Botanic Ave, Belfast BT7 1HZ, which is only about a 5 minute walk from main campus. They have many outlets (essential!) for plugging in electronics, they have great food (I especially love their fries), the coffee is great and the atmosphere is very warm and friendly.
If you’re not a coffee person, they make a stellar hot chocolate as well. I think this location can be suited for both individual and group study sessions.
3. Bob and Bert's (Stranmillis)
This chain has many locations in Belfast, but the one I specifically found useful for studying is located at 46-48 Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5AH. The hours for this location are very good as they are open relatively late most days. They also have a separate section upstairs with many tables, couches and outlets. I went here many times during exams last year and I think the atmosphere is most suited for individual studying.
4. Ground Espresso Bar
This café is a bit far from main campus, but is super close to the new Queen’s Accommodation buildings (BT1 and BT2). It is located on the corner of Queen Street and Wellington Place. I would say it is about a 15-20 minute walk from main campus and a 5 minute walk from the new accommodation buildings. I recently found out that this is one of the first stand-alone café’s for this chain!
They have quite a high number of outlets and they also have nice little secluded couches to sit on. The noise level has always been very minimal, and I’ve noticed that many people come in here to study and get work done. I particularly enjoy getting a latte and slice of their sticky toffee pudding when I’m there for a hardcore study session!
5. The Pocket
This café is located at 9 University Rd, Belfast BT7 1NF, right across the road from the Lanyon building. It is a quaint and tiny café, almost like a little pocket (the name makes SO much sense now!). The Pocket is not for people who like to study in complete silence. If you are like me and enjoy a small buzz of background noise, coming here is probably a good decision.
However, make sure to check the hours as they tend to close around 6pm on most days. I like going to this café to study if I ever have a long break between lectures. If you go here, try their mocha or iced latte! Also, getting a corner table can be super handy!
6. Starbucks (Botanic)
Located at 90 Botanic Ave, Belfast BT7 1JR this is another location of Starbucks which I think it well-suited for studying. They have some good tables upstairs where it is quieter, for studying. I have been to this location at various times of day and I have never found it to be too noisy. I enjoy the white noise in the background of people making light conversation while I read over notes and get work done.
Hopefully, this list gets you started on your own journey to finding your favourite café and study spot (ideally in one location!). This list is obviously only a short compilation of the many great venues for studying and getting a good cup of coffee!
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Dentistry| 2nd year | Canada
I am a 24-year-old Canadian girl through and through! I came to Belfast in Sept 2017 to start my degree in Dentistry. While I do have a degree from Canada (in Biochemistry), coming to Belfast has been an entirely new experience. I am part of the Canadian American Student Association and I am also a Residential Assistant, so if you see me around, say hi! I love reading, sports, singing but above all, I am a coffee fanatic, so I am always up for a chat over a delicious cup of coffee!