The best places to study in Worcester

Looking to take a break from all that partying and arguing over whose turn it is to clean the kitchen? You can always seek refuge in doing that other important thing that you’re supposed to be doing at uni...

That’s right – studying! Studying doesn’t have to be boring or stressful. Where you go to do this can play a huge factor in how much you actually get done, especially when you pair it with a fancy coffee and some chilled music.

If you’re someone who can actually study in their room or on university grounds, then good for you. But the rest of us normal folk are likely to get that brain into gear elsewhere.

Here’s a few of our recommendations to help you find your perfect place to study outside of the university grounds.

The place to perfect your secondary reading - The Hive

Sawmill Cl, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD

17min walk from St John’s Campus

4min walk from Foregate Street Station

Opening times: 8:30 – 22:00 Monday to Sunday

The Hive is located right next to Charles Hastings and houses all the books you’ll ever need to elevate your essay references. There’s three floors for you to pick from, university-programmed printers and lots of computers that you can use too. Make sure to bring your student card, otherwise you won’t be able to borrow books or print off your documents. The Hive is also less than a minute away from the bus station and the city centre, so you can either get back to partying once you’ve had a crack at your assignment, or you can go home and reward yourself with a nap.

The place to snack while you work - Wayland’s Yard

6 Foregate St, Worcester WR1 1DB

21min walk from St John’s Campus

1min walk from Foregate Street Station

Opening times: 8:30 – 22:00 Monday to Sunday

Wayland’s Yard is situated right next to the train station and is the perfect place to go if you’re a fan of good food, the perfect matcha, a cracking coffee and the occasional dog. Its chilled atmosphere makes it a great place to work, especially if you struggle to focus when there’s lots going on, and the outside seating is the perfect spot for the warmer weather. The pancakes are also totally Instagram worthy, so you can still keep up with appearances, even if the partying is on hold.

The place with the perfect Latte and comfiest sofa - Coffee #1

23min walk from St John’s Campus

6min walk from Foregate Street Station

Opening times: 8:00 – 18:00 Monday to Saturday

9:00 – 17:00 Sunday

Located right in the heart of the city, Coffee #1 has an extremely cosy vibe that makes it a great place to study. Its bookshelves, comfy seats and perfect height tables (you’ll understand when you use them) are just a few of the reasons which make it a heavenly place to get stuff done. They have a great range of drinks on offer, with lots of milk alternatives, and their cake specials are quite something! There’s also been quite a few famous faces that have visited, and you can take a nose at these on their wall while you’re procrastinating.

The all-time favourite - Starbucks (The Cross)

24-25 The Cross, Worcester WR1 3PZ

28min walk from St John’s Campus

2min walk from Foregate Street Station

Opening times: 7:00 – 19:00 Monday to Saturday

7:30 – 18:30 Sunday

You’re not doing this whole studying thing right if you’ve not spent a day crying over your half-written essay in Starbucks. Chilling with a coffee larger than your head makes you feel like you’ve got it together, up until you finish said coffee and realised you’ve only written a sentence. You certainly see some interesting things here, and it’s actually quite handy if you’re studying behavioural psychology. You’re also in luck if it’s looking busy, because Worcester is actually home to TWO branches within a five-minute walk of each other. If you head to Starbucks in the Market Square,

you’ll have the most brilliant view of the Worcester Cathedral as the background for your study session, which is a great motivator as you can dream about your graduation day. However, if you’re waiting for your train or enjoy working at the coffee bar, then the Cross Street location is the one for you.

Other notable mentions include the Crumpets and Coffee Lounge, Caffe Bolero and Coffee Dough, however there’s plenty of brilliant places in Worcester where you can go to get some of that uni work done – all with a cracking cup of coffee to keep you going.

So, where will you go to procrastinate?

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