Studying at home can quickly become tedious, and the perfect spot to do more procrastination that actual work. The truth is, it can be hard to be productive in a place where we feel way too comfortable. So, make the most of beautiful Sydney and find inspiration and concentration outside of your comfort zone.
Local and University spots
Your local library should be an obvious answer; after all, libraries are designed for learning. With 350 public libraries across NSW, there’s bound to be one that’s convenient for you. If it’s getting too crowded around peak exam times, take it a step further by visiting one of the nine branches of the City of Sydney Libraries. Each provides larger spaces, excellent facilities, and free Wi-Fi access.
State Library of NSW
If only the best library will do, there is no better than the State Library of NSW. Having lots of study to get done is the perfect excuse to visit this stunning and atmospheric building. It offers a wealth of different study spaces, a café, and even an exhibition gallery you can check out during a study break. The building is equipped with fast Wi-Fi, free computer use, printing and photocopying services, plus study rooms for group work.
The Museum of Contemporary Art has a privileged location right in between Circular Quay and The Rocks. It also has a delicious cafe with a breathtaking view, and this is an incredible spot if you’re looking to study with a view of stunning landmarks in the background, such as the Sydney Opera House or the Harbour Bridge. And, if you have time left after your study session or need a quick break, you can always have a look around the museum.
Berkelouw Books 1812 Cafe
Head to beautiful Paddington and visit this stunning space that screams intellectual inspiration at every turn. This cosy cafe is also a bookstore, with plenty of bar and table seating around for work. It’s a bit of a classic in the city, and you’ll probably notice lots of people doing the same is as you: trying to get work done. The good news is you can set up for the day because there’s no need to leave if you feel hungry—they have fabulous healthy lunches and baked meals.
Located in Erskineville amid the leafy streets of the inner-west, Fleetwood Macchiato will satisfy all your study and coffee needs. They have lots of small tables, which are perfect for when you want to set up your books and laptop and get some work done without any distractions. Not to mention, the coffee is utterly amazing. Just note that because it’s a popular cafe, try to avoid heading there on the weekends!
Three Williams is a bustling café and restaurant located in the heart of the vibrant Elizabeth Street—think an endless supply of coffee, tea and refreshments, as well as the essential power sockets and Wi-Fi you need when you’re carrying a laptop. Additionally, you’ll be able to find delicious food to keep your brain going during your study. Three Williams has everything you need; however, make sure you don’t go during peak days and hours as it can get busy.
Orto Trading Company
Conveniently located around the corner from Central Station, Orto Trading Co in Surry Hills is equipped with long wooden tables and an endless amount of natural light, especially on a sunny day. Sit back and get some work done with a latte, smoothie, or even an espresso martini (that’s mostly coffee, right?)
Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore
Head to Paddington for a successful study session at the Ampersand Cafe, a tranquil oasis surrounded by some of the prettiest boutiques, galleries and bookstores around. The venue looks like it’s from a movie, filled with little nooks and cute dotted tables distributed across four levels that are perfect for a private study session.
At first glance, beaches are probably not the best place to study (too windy, too much glare, and too noisy), they can be the perfect place to find concentration. The trick is choosing the right beach to go to, and Coogee beach is perfect. Coogee Beach has an elevated park that leads the way onto the Bondi to Coogee walk, and that spot is ideal for studying. You have the tranquillity, the shade, and the view for a fruitful learning session.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Sometimes all you need is some fresh air to clear your head to be in the right headspace to get some work done. Luckily, Sydney has over 400 parks and open spaces to choose from. If you’re not dependent on Wi-Fi, then the great outdoors offers an atmosphere perfect for getting out the textbooks. The Royal Botanical Garden is in a spectacular location next to the Sydney Opera House, providing a tranquil oasis for those wanting to unplug for the day.
Close by, Hyde Park is the final place on our list of best study spots in Sydney, and it’s likely to be less packed with tourists than the Botanical Gardens. Who needs Wi-Fi when the sound of nature surrounds you? Grab a picnic blanket or take a seat on a park bench and dive into a textbook.
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