Student life in Singapore is pretty much a never-ending series of assignments, tests, and examinations, so it’s unsurprising that students are always looking for the best places to get some work done. A good study spot should have a conducive environment, ample seats, and preferably also free wi-fi and numerous power sockets.
If you need a change of scenery from doing your work at home or in school (in an attempt to boost productivity levels), here are 12 spots in Singapore that check all the boxes of being a good place to study.
1. Cafe De Muse
An aesthetic Western-Korean fusion cafe, Cafe De Muse is a hip study spot with dalgona lattes and frappes for a pick-me-up while revising. Located in the heart of Orchard Road and open 24 hours daily, the two-level cafe creates a cosy studying atmosphere.
2. Mosanco Cafe
A minimalistic-themed cafe concept, Mosanco provides a clean, minimalistic study environment with teas, desserts, and more. Apart from being open 24 hours so you can get in a late-night study session anytime, power plugs are readily available, and the cafes have themed drinks as well as sundaes.
3. O’ Coffee Club
Located in Changi Airport Terminal 3, O’ Coffee Club is a great studying spot when the other cafes in the airport close for the day. The cafe is open 24 hours and serves up all-day breakfast items, including waffle stacks and eggs benedict. Power plugs are also available at the cafe.
Here’s where you can get a cuppa and study round the clock at Coffeesmith, which has 24-hour outlets islandwide and power plugs for when your laptop runs out of juice. The cafe also has tea options and bingsu if you’re craving a sweet treat after a study session.
5. Sengkang CC
For those staying in Sengkang, Sengkang CC has late-night study spots at its study hall, open 24 hours with power plugs, lecture-style seats, and refreshments available. Sengkang CC is definitely worth checking out if you want a free place to study with snacks and drinks!
6. Cowpresso Coffee Roasters
It’s completely understandable that many coffee places don’t want students occupying their seats for prolonged periods to study, but you won’t find that the case at Cowpresso Coffee Roasters.
On weekdays, the cafe has a work and study perk that’ll give you free-flow hot long black coffee to keep you caffeinated as you get through your textbooks and notes. And if you prefer your drink cold, you can also top up S$1 for an iced long black instead.
To get the weekday perk, simply follow the cafe on Instagram, like this post, and flash the liked post to the friendly cafe staff!
7. Our Tampines Hub
Our Tampines Hub is definitely one of the best places for Easties to study, with plenty of study spaces spread throughout all six floors of the building that are free for students to use — though you might want to head there early to secure a seat.
The picnic-style tables are conducive for both studying alone and as a group, and the place is open 24/7, which is great if a night owl who prefers studying late into the night (or if you have an exam that you just need to pull a last-minute all-nighter for).
With airy interiors and natural lighting, this cafe is a fairly conducive one for studying. Tucked away in the LASALLE College of the Arts campus, it’s great for people who prefer a little bit of background noise when studying — but not the frenzy of being within a mall or anywhere with lots of footfall.
Their menu includes a range of pastas, pizzas, and brunch favourites if you get hungry while studying, and the cafe also regularly holds live performances in the late evenings, which makes for a great way to unwind after a long day of staring at your books.
Libraries are generally good places to study — as long as you can find a seat. [email protected] is one of the least crowded libraries, so you’ll easily be able to secure a spot. Located centrally in town, the library is in a fairly convenient location, but not near any schools and therefore not as often frequented by students.
It’s got a conducive environment, great views, and plenty of seats, which makes it one of the best libraries to study in.
10. The Book Cafe
From the comfortable sofas to the cosy, snug interiors, everything about The Book Cafe is designed to make it a comfortable spot where people can sit down and read for hours — which also makes it a great cafe for getting some studying done, so long as you don’t get too comfortable and fall asleep while doing your readings.
The cafe also has a printer that’s free to use if you need to print any notes, and their menu includes all-day breakfasts, pastas, coffees, and premium teas.
11. Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre
Conveniently located near Yishun MRT, this little-known study space is hidden away in the Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre, a youth-centric non-profit organisation.
The free study area is open daily and has multiple power sockets at every table, so there’s no need to worry about not getting a seat where you can plug your laptop in. The space even has white boards, which could be useful for group discussions.
And if you feel hungry as you study, the centre also has a plant-based cafe and eatery where you can grab a bite.
12. Huggs Collective
As it is, Huggs Collective is already a solid cafe to study in with pretty good coffee, pastries, and food.
But if you’d like a place with lesser people, their bigger outlets, including the ones at AIBI Maxwell and Thomson Plaza, also have a dedicated Members Lounge for studying and working. Some of their outlets even have small private nooks that you can duck into if you need to join a Zoom call. And best of all, membership is free, so you won’t need to pay extra to access these facilities.
13. National Library
The National Library at Bugis might be one of the most frequented libraries, but it’s also by far the largest, and therefore, has plenty of study spaces spread throughout the many floors of the building.
There’s even a dedicated study lounge, though you might want to head there early to secure a seat. And if all that studying makes you tired, there are sky gardens filled with greenery where you can take a break.
14. Kith Cafe at Millenia Walk
Kith Cafe’s Millenia Walk outlet opens early, closes late, and almost always has seats available, which makes them one of the best cafes to study in. They also have tables that are lined with power sockets which makes the place extra conducive if you plan to use your laptop for long hours.
Plus, they also have a pretty extensive menu, with dishes such as Better Than Benny (S$17.90+) and House-Made Pancakes (S$15.90+) that come highly recommended.
15. Changi Airport
All around Changi Airport you’ll find cafes, eateries, and comfortable seating areas, so you have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to places to study. The airport is also open 24 hours, so you can stay as late as you want. Some students even sleep at the airport (although we’re not sure how comfortable that would be!).
And if you need a break in the middle of your study session, the airport also has plenty of fun activities and events that you can check out before hitting the books again.
16. Twenty Eight Cafe
Twenty Eight Cafe has everything you’ll need for a good study session — a quiet, spacious place with large tables, free wi-fi, numerous power outlets, and a menu filled with good food (and coffee!) when you get hungry.
If you’re someone who likes to snack while studying, they also offer pastries that you can munch on as you get through your work. Otherwise, for something heavier, try the Common Breakfast (S$23), Smoked Salmon Igloo (S$19), or Sriracha Chicken Rosti (S$19).
Most university campuses in Singapore have lots of study areas scattered around, but SMU is the most easily accessible of the lot, being located right in the city and near to multiple MRT stations.
There are benches spread throughout the school buildings as well as the underpass that links the campus together, and if you get hungry, take your pick from the various cafes and eateries around the university.
So the next time you want a change of scenery as you hit the books, head to any of these places for a day of productive studying!
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