Many postgraduate students find that a dedicated study set-up at home is important – to help them focus and stay organised. However, when you’ve been studying at home for a while or simply need a fresh perspective, a new location can be just what you need.
With this in mind, we’ve researched Brisbane’s best study spots (that aren’t your house) – so you can grab your laptop, pack your bag and find inspiration in a new environment.
If the weather is nice, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better study location than a gorgeous park or garden. Pack a picnic blanket and find a shady spot under a tree or snag yourself a spot at a park tables and discover how productive you can be when you’re surrounded by fresh air and nature.
We find it hard to go past Brisbane City Botanic Gardens or New Farm Park along the banks of the river.
Alongside aisles of books
Here in Brisbane we are exceptionally lucky to have a huge choice of libraries to visit. And beyond finding a great book, libraries are often a study oasis, free from distractions.
One of the state’s oldest libraries, the State Library of Queensland is one of our favourite locations to spend time studying. It has a wealth of resources and its beautiful riverside location with adjoining café and bookstore is a huge drawcard.
And we can’t miss mentioning our QUT Libraries, which are filled with great study nooks and quiet areas. Our Gardens Point campus has two library locations – the QUT Law Library and Gardens Point library – and there is a beautiful library at our Kelvin Grove campus too!
Alongside a cup of coffee
There’s no doubt about it, for many online students a few hours at a café can be incredibly productive and always brings the promise of sweet, sweet caffeine.
Brisbane locals know that we have more than a few great cafes to choose from, but we do have a few favourites. Felix For Goodness on Burnett Ln in Brisbane City is open from 7am weekdays, so you can get in early, grab a great table and hit the books. We also love Avid Reader which is ideal for anyone looking for a relaxed and quiet atmosphere.
Whether you have a group assignment or just prefer to study in solidarity with a friend or fellow student, there are some great co-working places and public meeting rooms on offer.
We like co-working space Gravity for many reasons that include its stylish interior, on-site café and central Brissy location. You can visit at Gravity on a casual basis too, which is great for the occasional group study session. We also suggest trying Campos in Fortitude Valley, while this is technically a café – they have a great meeting room which you can book from Monday to Friday.