How many times have you fallen victim to the temptation of studying from the comfort of your own bed, only to find yourself accidentally binge-watching the entire series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine instead?


It’s relatively obvious that this isn’t exactly the most effective study method, however we understand that it’s a lot more exciting than sitting at your desk and slaving over past papers in the days leading up to an exam. Interestingly though, previous research suggests that learning in multiple contexts can significantly enhance both your comprehension and recall.


Studying in unique environments is the perfect excuse to smash out those last-minute notes, whilst making the most of some social interaction, good coffee, good food and hopefully, good weather too.


So if you’re a student in Wellington, grab your textbooks, laptop, some pens, maybe even a friend or two and prepare to completely reinvent your study environment. Below, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of student-friendly study spots for your personal enjoyment:




There’s no study spot ‘cooler’ (pun intended) than Kaffee Eis, the home of amazing gelato, sorbet and equally good coffee. Their 100% locally owned and operated and have a range of locations including Cuba Street, Courtenay Place and even Oriental Bay, for those of you who enjoy to study by the seaside!


The Cuba Street store is the largest of all the available locations, so we’d recommend going there if you prefer more of an open space to study – they have small window-seat booths which are perfect to set up all your study materials, and there’s free wifi available for those five minute instagram breaks.


2. Flight Coffee Hangar

The Flight Coffee Hangar is notoriously known for its industrial and contemporary atmosphere. 

This cafe is an extremely stimulating environment, with the bonus of friendly staff and fast service, which makes it a perfect candidate for that last-minute exam cramming session. 

Tucked away on the ground floor of the spark tower, this one is easy to miss, but a total hidden gem. 

It’s simplistic ambience means that there’s little distraction, plus they serve what could easily be considered the best coffee in town (I highly recommend their chai lattes!). 

So, like the cafe itself, tuck yourself away at Mojo Central and rejuvinate your productivity.

4. La Cloche

This cafe and patisserie uses totally organic and free-range produce to create a wide selection of unique savouries and sweet treats. 

The two main branches are located on The Terrace and on the corner of Featherston and Balance Street, each housing a simplistic and contemporary atmosphere like something straight from a pinterest board. Grab your textbooks and laptop, head to La Cloche, and maybe even treat yourself to a pastry (or two, or three…) as a study snack.

5. Memphis Belle Coffee House

Located in the heart of the city, on Dixon Street, Memphis Belle Coffee House has a rustic and ambient atmosphere. Although the size of the space is on the smaller side, it’s an extremely comfortable environment with affordable coffee and healthy (but delicious) cabinet food on offer.

They open as early as 7am, which is ideal for those who are more productive earlier in the morning, or just prefer to smash out all their work in order to have a free afternoon. There’s even some seating outside, so if the weather is promising, it’s the perfect, relaxed spot to get some study finished.

This classic cafe, located on the mezzanine floor of the Wellington City Library, is a highly recommended study spot.

Not only are both their food and coffee brilliant, the facilities of the library are availble too, so you can easily spend an entire day here getting as much work done as possible.  

7. Ekor Bookshop Cafe

This cafe is the perfect place to settle in and pretend that you’re an aspiring novelist for the day – here, you can surround yourself with cosy furniture, quality literature and even treats from Leeds Street Bakery.

It’s also is a great business to support, sourcing local and ethical products, all while looking extremely visually pleasing and totally aesthetic. Whether it’s a rainy day, or you just can’t bear to study at home any longer, put your headphones in and your head down at Ekor.

Sometimes all you need to refresh your motivation levels is an ocean view.

Maranui Cafe exudes the classic kiwi bach vibes, topped off with delicious smoothies and a homely ambience. Do note however, that it’s an exceedingly popular weekend brunch spot, so if you really want to put your head down and get things done, it pays to visit here on a weekday.

Studying at public libraries is extremely underrated. The Wellington City Library has all the perks you could possibly need for a last-minute study session, including internet, reading material and printing and photocopying facilities.

These make for the most productive study possible, so there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t consider studying here. Plus as an added bonus, the vibrant ‘Clark’s Cafe’ is located on the mezzanine floor for all your caffeine breaks.

Known for its modern aesthetic and wholesome food, Neo Cafe is a must-try when it comes to studying. They tend to be extremely busy throughout the day, which is a testament to how delicious both their coffee and food are, so it’s recommended to come here slightly later in the day, at around 2pm.

The atmosphere is stimulating and vibrant, which is the perfect boost for levels of motivation and productivity, plus the staff are notoriously friendly and accomodating.


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