It might be warm outside, but we’re well aware that many of you lovely lot are carrying on studies across the summer months. Whilst we love our LJMU libraries, and there’s no denying they’re the best place to be for peace and quiet, research resources and friendly faces behind the reception desk, we know that sometimes working out of the library can get a bit repetitive. So whether you’re on a March start course, currently sweating over your Masters dissertation or battling that (ever) ongoing PhD thesis, we’ve created a list of great spaces for you to mix up your study routine.
Ah, from one library to another? This could be boring if Liverpool’s Central Library wasn’t such a sight to behold. With interiors like the one below, and a staircase system which could rival Hogwarts, Liverpool’s Central Library is somewhere you should absolutely spend the occasional study day. Even if you do stop for a photo break every 20 mins….
LEAF on Bold Street
If you’re the sort of person who works well to a great soundtrack and doesn’t get too distracted by chitter chatter, LEAF on Bold Street is the place for you. The ambient lighting is very relaxing and with reasonably priced teas, you can work your way through the flavours without splashing too much cash. There almost always seems to be a seat near a plug available as well which you would expect from every independent cafe.
Cafe 38 at the Royal Court Theatre
With a mixture of comfy benches and desk-like window seats, the cafe at the Royal Court caters for many types of workers. If it were us, we’d be perched at a window seat for hours, taking the occasional glance at the world passing by behind the glass. If you’re working on a creative subject, who’s to say one of those passers-by won’t end up the basis for a new character or plot line? For all us non-creatives out there, there are homemade cakes from £2 and plug sockets aplenty… what’s not to love?
Cow & Co Cafe
Is this one of the cutest cafes in Liverpool? We think so. With minimal seating and a steady flow of customers, you might be at risk of not getting a table in this lovely little place. However for the summer months you have the ideal option of working outside, or for more seats and a less busy environment their upstairs space is great too albeit a little dark. Whilst there aren’t any plugs going downstairs, it is a bright, light space with a small green park to look out over. Oh and there’s the small matter of the pooch pamper place next door which makes the cafe like an unplanned doggy catwalk. Could there be a better distraction?
Tate Liverpool Cafe
If you’re looking for a space to get those creative juices flowing, it doesn’t get much better than the Cafe at Tate Liverpool. The white walls and colourful flag decorations will keep you focused, and if you need a little distraction or inspiration, there’s a whole art gallery at your fingertips. Don’t forget that LJMU students get 10% off in the cafe too so if you’re in it for the long haul (or… y’know, a whole day), that’s something to bring the cost down a bit. Just don’t forget your LJMU student or staff ID card.
Walker Art Gallery Cafe
Okay, so you walk up a million fancy sandstone steps, you see the statues, you see the iron railing and you’re not sure this is the right place for you to feel relaxed. But the Walker Art Gallery Cafe couldn’t be further from a fancy-pants study space. Open daily from 10am to 4:45pm, the Cafe is filled with the buzz of informal chatter and the fantastic pillars create lovely corners, nooks and crannies for disappearing away from the world outside. Why not tie it in with your discounted trip to see the Terracotta Warriors at the World Museum down the road? Turn up at the Ticket Office at 9:30am, get yourself a timeslot and work away until then. Who said studying needs to be intense?
So there we have it; LJMU student hot-desking around Liverpool.
We realise our suggestions might leave a small dent in your budget or even leave you with a coffee addiction… but sometimes it’s important to shake up your routine or treat yourself with a slightly more extravagant study day or even couple of hours. You deserve it! Got anymore to add? Let us know @LJMUStudentOpps or firstname.lastname@example.org!