The University and the city centre are filled with fantastic quirky places to take a book or laptop and find that quiet haven, and the temporary closure of Alan Gilbert Learning Commons means it’s a good time to explore new study spaces – you never know you may even find a new favourite place!
Manchester Museum (M13 9PL)
If you hike up to the top floor of the museum, you will discover a place called ‘The Study’-Manchester’s space for new thinking. The area consists of galleries, a research space and a study centre. This area is great if you want some cultural inspiration while still being around campus!
Open Daily: 10am – 5pm
The Atrium (M13 9PL)
Tucked away on the first floor of University Place, the Atrium is a wonderfully calm, light, airy space with a range of comfy seating and plenty of plug sockets! It’s a great spot to relax and study for the day, or stop by if you’re between classes in some of the many nearby teaching rooms.
Monday-Friday: 9am – 5pm (10am – 4pm during vacations)
John Rylands Library (M3 3EH)
Immerse yourself in Europe’s best example of neo-Gothic architecture. Founded over 100 years ago, this fascinating building contains one of the most finest libraries in the world and is the perfect place to learn and let your imagination take over.
Barnes Wallis Building (M1 7JA)
A perfect oasis from the Manchester cold winds, the Barnes Wallis building is located at the North Campus opposite the Joule Library.
They have two floors full of computers alongside a nice cosy cantina and study rooms if you want something more private.
Click here to get the latest opening times.
Foundation Coffee House (M1 1JB)
Enjoy the chilled out and relaxing atmosphere and grab yourself a cup of coffee. Most importantly they have a nice selection of quirky foods and drinks. The place is very spacious, if you usually feel a bit claustrophobic in coffee shops, (or just want to spread out your stuff), this is the place for you!
Monday – Tuesday: 7:30am – 6pm
Wed – Fri: 7:30am – 10pm
Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 7pm
Grindsmith (M3 4EN)
Located on Deansgate near the ODEON cinema, this place is somewhere where creative artists would work due to its laid back atmosphere and varied seating areas. There are lots of comfy chairs to sit down and enjoy your independent coffee and gateau.
Snack while you revise? Then this is the place for you! The chocolate brownie is delicious!
Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 8am – 6pm
Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Chapter One Books (M1 1BY)
This is easily one of the most creatively put together coffee place in Manchester. Not only does the coffee exceed expectations but it delivers the best environment to study. Some of the tables even have a typewriter! If you are planning on buying a book at Waterstones try to see it they have it here instead as you get one free hot drink with every purchase.
Monday – Sunday: 10am – Midnight
Good luck finding a spot!