What’s your cup of tea? Five great study cafés on campus!

With dissertation hand-ins and the summer exam period looming, students often find themselves sitting in the same building everyday, be it at home or in the Library. A change of scenery can sometimes be good, especially if the new location has free WiFi, good grub and caffeine kicks. To help you decide on a new space, the Student Team have picked out their favourite places around campus for you to visit…

Manchester Museum – Oxford Road

Set amongst its remarkable collection, Manchester Museum is home to both an excellent study space and a scrumptious café. Hidden study spaces with ample room for group work, reading and laptop charging can be found on the top floor. When you get peckish, head downstairs to the café, with a selection of home-made bakery delights, salads and artisan coffee, all made by Teacup Kitchen.

museum

Opening Times:

8am-5pm Weekdays

9am-5pm Weekends

Best time to study:

Any time except 12-2pm

 Student Team’s satisfaction:

🙂 🙂 🙂

Price:

£££ (10% off with a student card)

Café North – Barnes Wallis Hub, North Campus

Barnes Wallis Hub feels like the Ali G of north campus, but quieter. It features a “breakout” space with bean bags which add to the welcoming atmosphere. The limited selection of cheap food and drink offers the opportunity for a quick snack between lectures or a break in a relaxed environment. The best part is the variety of study spaces; choose between the café, group study rooms, or the PC cluster.

BW

Opening Times:

9am-4pm Weekdays

Best time to study:

Any time except 12-1:30pm

Student Team’s satisfaction: 

🙂 🙂 🙂

Price:

£ (10% off with a student card)

Café in the Trees – Whitworth Art Gallery

You don’t have to be an art enthusiast to fall in love with the Gallery’s café. This spacious getaway is a gem for students who are looking for an interesting alternative with lovely views over Whitworth Park. Glass walls separate the interior from the greenery of the park; it almost feels like you’re studying outside surrounded by nature. If you need a therapeutic break, you can walk around the exhibitions and relax amongst the artwork.

whitworth

Opening Times:

9am-5pm Mon-Sat (excluding Thu)

9am-9pm Thu

10am-5pm Sun

Best time to study:

Weekdays

Student Team’s satisfaction: 

🙂 🙂 🙂

Price:

££/£££

Samosa Shack – Contact Theatre

Samosa Shack is located inside the Contact Theatre; although slightly out of the way, it is definitely worth the walk. The café is spacious and quirky with relaxing sofas, as well as large tables for group work. With Indian curries and a wide selection of samosas available at three for £3, it’s too delicious to say no. This is a great place to have lunch and set up for an afternoon of work after a morning of lectures.

samosa shack

Opening Times:

7:45am-5:30pm Weekdays

Best time to study:

Any time except 12-2pm

Student Team’s satisfaction: 

🙂 🙂 🙂

Price:

£ (10% off with a student card)

Greenhouse Café – George Kenyon Building

Greenhouse is a healthy, vegetarian café, with a selection of exotic soups, salads, quiche and pastries. However, the wooden platters and a tall ceiling make the place seem like an extension of the Northern Quarter, far from your typical café. Located under the computer cluster in George Kenyon building, it is popular among academics and postgraduates. The charming atmosphere makes it perfect for students who like a bit of background noise, as well as great coffee/tea to study.

greenhouse

Opening Times:

7:30am-4pm Mon-Fri

Best time to study:

Any time except 12-2pm

Student Team’s satisfaction: 

🙂 🙂 🙂

Price:

££ (10% off with a student card)

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