Best alternative study spaces in Bristol



By Hope Riley, Living Editor

With coursework deadlines and January exams around the corner, rather than relying on the ingenious ‘Find a Study Desk’ feature on MyBristol (has this ever been accurate?), why not try somewhere new to get those creative juices flowing. I’ve curated a brief guide to my favourite alternative study spots in Bristol.

Bristol Central Library

This pretty public library is situated on College Green at the bottom of Park Street. You’ve probably seen it before – it’s the beautiful rectangular building near the fountains and the Cathedral gate! Once you get inside, you’ll find yourself in a huge, Instagram-worthy quiet study room, which is always super empty since it is not often frequented by students.

Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL

Café Kino

Café Kino in Stokes Croft has now gone completely vegan (they stocked regular milks until recently), so you can have a clear ethical conscience whilst you study. The big windows, friendly staff and comfy (ish) wooden tables make for a lovely calming atmosphere.

Café Kino, 108 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

There is a cluster of tables on the airy ground floor of the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery which serve as a great place to catch up on coursework, whilst simultaneously soaking in some culture.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

The Front Room @ the Arnolfini

For most students living in rented accommodation, the Arnolfini art gallery might be a bit out of the way, but at least the walk down there (via the Harbourside) is nice and scenic. The high-ceilinged 'Front Room' on the ground floor has recently been refurbished and is open to the public during the day - described on the Arnolfini website as a place to 'talk, eat, meet and read,' this is the perfect option for those who prefer to study in a venue that is less 'studenty.'

Arnolfini, 6 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Boston Tea Party Park Street

The West Country chain of Boston Tea Parties are hardly Bristol’s best-kept secret, but the large, bright top floor space and picturesque garden of this particular branch seemed worth a mention. This spot would be ideal for working with friends, as obviously this is not a particularly quiet place to study.

Boston Tea Party, 75 Park St, Bristol BS1 5PF

Featured image: Flickr / stevekeiretsu

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Hope Riley

Living Editor 2018/19 / Third-year English student