Blog: My favourite study spaces outside the library

Author Ellen Common is a 4th year French and Hispanic Studies student at the University of Liverpool.

With the exam period officially upon us, there is no doubt that a large part of all students time at the moment is spent studying. We all know the struggle of finding a seat in the library when you arrive later than planned, but this year there are more study spaces than ever. Library on Tour is providing students with extra study spaces on campus to make sure we have a suitable and accessible place to work. You can check out where these are (and the resources available) here.

Nevertheless, it can sometimes be beneficial to have a change in environment, and to be taken outside of the academic setting. Luckily, Liverpool is home to a number of lovely, and largely independent, cafés which are perfect for studying…as well as eating and drinking of course!

Mother Espresso

The minimalist design of Mother Espresso gives the impression of a co-working space and makes it a relaxed atmosphere for studying. The coffee is also delicious, and a wonderful array of breakfast and lunch food is the fuel your brain needs.

82 Wood St, L1 4DQ

Egg Café

Located just off Bold Street, Egg Café offers delicious and affordable veggie and vegan food (the French toast with berries from the breakfast menu is amazing). With plenty of seating over two floors, the cosy loft café provides a relaxed and comfortable setting, perfect for revising.

Top Floor, 16-18 Newington, L1 4ED


A favourite for tea-lovers, Leaf has an incredible range of loose-leaf brews to get you through these last days of revision, and perfect for the winter months. The food is also delicious; it can get pretty lively around lunchtime so if you prefer a tranquil working environment, this may not be the place for you.

65-67, Bold St, L1 4EZ

Check out their Smithdown branch: 364-368, Smithdown Rd, L15 5AN

The Garden at Fact

If you’re still wanting the tea from leaf but prefer a calmer atmosphere, The Garden at Fact is perfect as you’ll find yourself in a light and open space surrounded by plants. They also offer a great selection of sandwiches and cakes. You could even see a film (cinema tickets are offered at a discounted price on Mondays) or have a look round an exhibition after.

88 Wood St, L1 4DQ

92 degrees

Often full of students and academics, 92 degrees provides a studious but casual atmosphere with great coffee. There are 3 branches in Liverpool, with one located right next to South Campus.

24 Hardman St, L1 9AX

36 Myrtle St, L7 7DP (right next to South Campus).

Root Café

Offering speciality coffee alongside a super tasty food menu, Root Café provides a laid back, pleasant atmosphere for studying. There’s plenty of plugs and you’ll often find others studying or working here too.

52 Hanover St, L1 4AF

Walker Art Gallery Café

The Walker Art Gallery is a beautiful building with the café located just inside on the ground floor among an impressive atrium. There’s fresh soup every day, as well as delicious cakes. And why not check out an exhibition afterwards!

William Brown St, L3 8EL

Tate Café

With a lovely view of the docks, the Tate Café offers a lovely and open space to study. There’s a 10% discount off food & drink for students and it’s also worth signing up for the Tate Collective to get more deals on exhibitions etc.

315 The Colonnades, L3 4AB