Bristol's Top 5 Secret Study Spots
While there are many university-owned study spaces in Bristol, exam season creates a library rush hour frenzy that no one can compete with. Think books left on desks overnight to save seats and bowls of cereal eaten mid-essay composition because arriving exceptionally early is the only way to guarantee a seat all day. That’s why I’ve come up with my top 5 stress-free secret study spots in Bristol to bring you some peace and quiet while you mourn the Christmas holidays, face-in-book mid-cramming for your January exams.
For good weather (on the lucky days we do get it in Bristol):
Castle Park - conveniently close to the City Centre residences, walking through Castle Park you’re bound to see an eclectic range of activities. Think slack-lining (basically tight rope walking) and outdoor yoga amid the numerous runners and cyclists. Sit by the river and let the passers by distract you instead of Netflix as you get some much-needed fresh air while you crack on with that essay. It’s also conveniently near Cabot Circus - a great place to do a bit of retail therapy as a post-study treat.
Clifton Suspension Bridge - the Clifton Suspension Bridge is the classic landmark of Bristol. Although it draws a fair few tourists, it’s also a great spot to have a quiet moment. The cliffs of Avon Gorge provide stunning views of Bristol, the perfect landscapes to relax you enough to get studying. It’s far enough away from Clifton to get some peace, but close enough to pop round the corner for a caffeine fix.
Queen Square - a short walk away from the Harbourside, Queen Square is a hidden gem. Encircled by old Georgian townhouses, there are plenty of places to sit and chill out. There always seems to be a silent disco somewhere on the grass, too, if that’s your cup of tea.
For bad weather (most days):
Bakesmiths - mid-way up the popular shopping destination - Whiteladies Road is Bakesmiths, a huge light-filled café. The space helps energise you alongside the tasty lunch options and cakes, while the smell of fresh coffee makes you forget that it’s raining outside (again) while keeping you awake after that dreaded all-nighter you decided to take (or was it just another night at Lounge?). Either way, Bakesmiths is the perfect retreat from the distractions of halls to get cracking on those readings you have to get done by tomorrow.
The Canteen - this cosy space in the heart of Stokes Croft holds regular events that you can get involved with in your study breaks. There are yoga, dance and art classes throughout the week, and far fewer students than in a café on the Triangle. You’ll be able to escape the uni bubble for a couple of hours.
When it comes to finding the right place for you to study, it’s important to be distraction-free and comfortable! Not only is it nice to have a change of scene; getting out of your room is the perfect way to freshen up your mind, while rewarding yourself at the same time.
The Canteen, Stokes Croft
Bakesmiths, Whiteladies Road
Clifton Suspension Bridge
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