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Secret study spaces on campus and around the city

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Whether you’re in need of a change of scenery, or are struggling to book a space in the University Main Library, you may want to consider other options for study spaces. As many city and campus venues open up their doors to the public this week, you can finally make use of Manchester’s hidden gems to study in ahead of exams and final deadlines. From independent cafes to atmospheric libraries, there really is something for everyone!

As these venues open back up, it’s important to be mindful of the COVID-19 measures in place. Always bring a mask with you, social distance, and get tested twice a week.

Quiet spots

If you prefer a quieter atmosphere while you work, head to one of Manchester’s scenic libraries. If you haven’t ventured to Central Library yet, it’s a must! Alternatively, for something a little closer to home on days when you’ve slept through your alarm, try either one of the libraries in Didsbury or Withington.

  • Central Library – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday 9.30am to 6pm
  • Didsbury Library – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 4pm, Wednesday 10am to 6pm
  • Withington Library – Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm, Thursday 10am to 6pm
  • You can visit the Manchester Council website to find more library spaces opening this week.

On campus

The Main Library isn’t the only study spot on campus! There are countless other options available to students that you may not have even heard of:

  • Joule Library on Sackville street is great for anyone in the centre – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Kantorowich Library is another option on the main campus – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Stopford Library – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Whitworth Park and The Whitworth Art Gallery cafe – if you enjoy studying outdoors, visit one of Manchester’s most scenic green spaces. Even from the cafe, which is opening back up on May 19, you can feel surrounded by nature as you work.
  • You can also now access study spaces in student residences on a first come first serve basis.

Remember spaces in Library sites must be booked in advance.

If you have booked a space in the University Main Library, please be considerate of other students. Although spaces are regularly fully booked, 50% of booked sessions are not attended.  Please cancel your space via our online booking system if you no longer need it.

Cafés around the city

Go and grab a coffee and cake to help boost your study power! Here are just a handful of student favourites around the city:

  • Feel Good Club, NQ – this coffee shop offers good vibes only; the perfect environment to work in.
  • Foundation Coffee House, multiple locations – great for coffee connoisseurs.
  • Chapter One Books, NQ – the large desk areas that hug each wall are perfect for students to work at!
  •  Fuel, Withington – this is the perfect spot for group work and serves up some of the best veggie and vegan food in the city on a student budget!
  • The Art of Tea, Didbsury – the attached bookshop makes this the perfect environment for studying.
  • Ice Shack, Withington – from board games to vegan ice cream, this small independent cafe has it all.

City spaces

The city doesn’t just have cafe’s to offer! If you’d prefer to study in a quieter environment that doesn’t feel as formal as a library, try one of the following work spaces:

  • HOME ground floor – this study space is often forgotten about by students but is well worth a visit!
  • Clockwise MCR – this bookable space is new to Manchester this May and so may not be as busy as other spots in the city.
  • Manchester Art Gallery cafe and outdoor seating on the Mosley Street terrace – this is the perfect place to work if you fancy having a mooch around the gallery on your study break.
  • Colony – if you’re in desperate need of somewhere to go to really focus, you can book a day pass at Colony.

If you prefer to work at home, see how student content writer Lina creates the perfect personal study space.

Keep up to date with available study spaces on campus with our hub for faculty-specific, university-wide and library study spaces and services.

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