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A Student’s Guide to Study Spaces in Chester

CHARLOTTE HUNT shares some chilled study spots and places for fab food

If you’re new to Chester and looking to study somewhere other than campus - or wanting to go somewhere other than your regular study spot– here’s a list of study places you might like to try! They all have great dietary options and free, easy to access Wi-fi.

Disclaimer: the places listed are in no particular order!

With its cosy autumnal atmosphere and very welcoming staff this is a great spot for an early morning munch and a nice pot of tea or freshly ground coffee. There are quite a few plug sockets dotted around to charge your laptop/phone, which makes this a peaceful study spot.

There’s two Jaunty Goat cafés in Chester, one vegan and one for meat and dairy eaters. Both spots are lovely and bright, filled with greenery and the smell of fresh coffee. The staff are equally as nice and, if you don’t like caffeinated drinks, their hot chocolate is very special. With Christmas coming up it’s a great place to feel cosy and warm. A decent abundance of plug sockets culminates in making Jaunty Goat the perfect spot to get some work done. You don’t want to miss this spot!

Located very close to the university, this spot is ideal if you don’t want to walk too far from campus. It’s the perfect place to feel welcome and at ease in because it is filled with plenty of other students. They offer students deals (they truly know their demographic!) and if you’re a doughnut lover it really is the place to be. There are not many plug sockets so do make sure your electronics are at least a little charged before settling here.

One of the most creative spots in Chester, including a theatre, cinema, library, and a lovely little café/restaurant, this building truly has some great options. If you bring your student card, free tea and coffee is guaranteed. Plugs galore, you’ll never be fighting to charge your goods here, it is a great spot if you like a bit more of a focused atmosphere.

Study break cafés

If you’re looking for a break from studying with the possibility of a bit of food too, you might want to check this alternative list.

Vegan or vegetarian? This is the place for you! Fresh bread and a diverse menu allow everyone to enjoy this place, even if you usually eat meat. It’s a great little spot in the market and after you get your fill, you can explore all the wonderful stalls the Chester market has to offer. It is a must visit.

With a menu comprising of fresh local goods, at an affordable price, Flowercup has established itself as a favourite café amongst locals and students alike. With lovely breakfasts you get more than your fill and it is located on the rows which allows for a scenic walk to the café. With its friendly staff and lovely décor, Flowercup will make you feel welcome and more than cosy.

Although close to the University, Garden Social is a spot many don’t know about. It boasts an excellent coffee selection and has a simple but delicious menu. This place is a lovely spot with its big windows allowing for a bit of cheeky people watching (we’re all guilty of it) and when it’s a bit warmer, the garden makes for a nice change of pace also.

Here is an all-vegan spot - meat eater or not, you’ll love it. What makes this place special is that it is a seasonal, locally sourced, and cruelty free menu. With an amazing selection of dishes, you can have anything from tapas to a full three course meal. Whatever you eat you will not be disappointed. It even wins Dads over (talking from experience), and makes a great spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anything in between.

All of these places are a great way to explore Chester and support the city’s lovely independent cafés.

Do let us know if you try any of these places and how you found them, or if you know of anywhere else that we can try.

Written by Charlotte Hunt

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