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Manchester’s best non-conventional study spaces that will spice up your university work

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I have never been a fan of studying in the library, I much prefer taking my MacBook to a quirky coffee shop or a scenic outdoor space (weather permitting) to get my work done. Over the years, I have searched for the best spaces in and around Manchester, and wanted to share some of my favourites.

1. Oppidan Social

Rather than paying for what you eat and drink, Oppidan Social is a pay-per minute space which offers individuals the opportunity to hire meeting rooms, book the venue for events, use the space to co-work or just enjoy sitting at their leisure. They cap the cost after four hours, which means you not only get a good revision base for the day but you can eat your weight in cake in the process. Manchester is now home to three Oppidan Social spaces; one house in the Northern Quarter on the 1st floor at 23 Edge Street, a meeting room only venue in Oxford Court next to Manchester Central, and the 1st floor of Tresco House at 149-153 Oxford Road. Certainly, a unique offering to the hub of students in Manchester’s most bustling areas.

2. Whitworth Art Gallery Café

This location is perfect for individuals who life to study outdoors and enjoy scenic green spaces.

3. North Tea Power

Situated in the Northern Quarter, North Tea Power is a great spot to get stuck into your revision. The good Wi-Fi, comfortable furniture and wide selection of cakes and freshly ground coffee is all you need to keep you going throughout the day.

4. Milk and Honey

A great little study hub with streaming lights and potted plants right on campus. It has a vegan friendly café and its proximity to the University makes it the perfect study spot away from computer screens and typing sounds.

5. The Science and Industry Museum Café

A great space free from the hustle and bustle of town to get some good undisturbed work done. One great feature of studying in this museum café is that you can take the opportunity to explore its exhibitions, free of charge, during your study breaks.


HOME is an incredible cultural hotspot for contemporary theatre, art, and film. The ground floor bar attracts those attending workshops or exhibitions but is also perfect for some afternoon of focus. In the summer it even opens to an outdoor seating area.

7. John Rylands Library

Whilst I have originally stated that I am not a lover of library’s, I must make an exception for the John Rylands library, which is arguable more of a museum than a study space. Its impressive neo-gothic architecture makes it possibly one of the most sophisticated spaces you could choose to study in.

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