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The best study cafés in Coventry

Posted in Blog by on June 23, 2020

Looking to get up-to-speed with those lecture notes or get your head down for that end-of-term exam? Dotted all over the city, Coventry offers plenty of places to swot up and study away from your university library in the form of some excellent cafés.


Whether you like your coffee no-frills or you’re a proper bean aficionado, there’s something way more comforting about getting a couple of hours of work done in the surroundings of a café. The atmosphere is often more relaxed than the campus library, and you’re free to enjoy your chosen caffeine fix without being surrounded by loads of stressed-out students working away on their coursework, essays and presentations either.


If you’re a Coventry student looking for somewhere new to study, whether it’s by yourself or with your course-mates, then take a look at this list of the best study cafés in the city.


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The Pod


Relatively new, The Pod opened up a few years ago and has been serving top-notch, plant-based vegan food ever since. While it’s an excellent place for those looking for high-quality, healthy fare to fill their stomachs, the cheery staff and free Wi-Fi make it an excellent spot for studying, too. And with an ever-changing menu of light bites and nibbles, you’re never short on options after you’ve worked up an appetite. The Earl Grey lemon cake is a big hit, but really, any of their delicious vegan treats make this worth a trip!


The Pod is also known for its social activism efforts too, supporting everything from the arts and community engagement to people suffering from mental health issues. Overall, this hidden gem is a force for good in everything that it does!


Bean and Leaf Coffee House


The owners of this fantastic independent coffee house based on Hertford Street are all about hygge, the Danish word for all things cosy and comforting. And, when you’re looking for a place to study with a cup of piping hot coffee close to hand, what more could you ask for? There’s a soothing, gentle vibe to Bean and Leaf, making it an excellent place to block out the rest of the world and focus on getting some studying done for a few hours.


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Combining cosy colours with rustic decor, they’ve also got a reputation for serving up some of the best coffee across the city! For coffee purists, it doesn’t get much better, with all sorts of seasonal drip varieties on offer throughout the year including V60, Aeropress and Kalita. If coffee isn’t really your thing, then there are plenty of different teas to try out to courtesy of loose leaf tea company, Tea House Emporium.


Plus, with plenty of seating tucked away in the basement, finding a little spot of your own to get away from everything is always easy!




With its warm lighting and vintage decor, Finney’s is a welcoming spot to crack a textbook, sit down and soak up some knowledge in. Also, there are plenty of couches, USB charging points and laptop sockets, so at least that day spent typing away at that essay will be a comfortable one! There are baked goods aplenty too, which make for a great way to reward yourself after you’ve finished your reading or typed up a certain number of words!


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It’s a minute from the train station too, so if you need a quick fix before your trip home, it’s the perfect spot. Just a heads up: it fills up quickly at the weekend, so get there early if you want a seat!


The Big Comfy Bookshop


Located in Fargo Village aka “The Camden of Coventry”, The Big Comfy Bookshop is also an award-winning independent coffee shop, too! As its name suggests, this vast store houses its fair share of books, all wrapped up in a warm and welcoming vibe where friendly faces are ready to greet you! As its Twitter bio says: “a place to relax, browse and spend far too long in”, especially if you’ve got your own course reading list to get through!


With a homely café serving simple but lovingly-made dishes and a variety of great coffees, this might not be somewhere to bring your laptop, but for somewhere to go through lecture notes or get those chapters read in time for your next seminar, be sure to swing by this top shop!


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