Getting restless in your apartment or dorm room when you’re studying for upcoming midterms? Sometimes a bit of fresh air and a change of scenery will give your mind a needed boost. Luckily there are plenty of places in the area that offer a great place to read and study. A few questions to keep in mind when looking for a good study spot: are you comfortable? Is the noise level low? Is there enough room to work? And does it have Wi-Fi (which is always a bonus)? Plus, the more time you spend in that place, the more it will become associated with reading and working.
BirchTree Bread Company
138 Green St., Worcester, MA 01604
This spot is great! They have plenty of parking (along Harding or Green St.), and tons of open space and plenty of tables. They offer great coffee and of course, amazing bread! If you get really hungry there (and you will!) you can save some cash with their daily specials.
Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608
A classic study spot in the heart of downtown. It is usually very quiet, has plenty of tables to spread out your books, and offers free Wi-Fi. There is a small cafe on the 1st floor that offers some beverages and small snacks. It is easy to find the large metered parking lot behind the building, or you can use your WRTA bus pass, and take one of several buses that pass the library.
Green Hill Park
Belmont Street to Skyline Drive in Worcester, MA
One of the largest parks in Worcester, Green Hill Park is a great place to study. There are some picnic tables and seating areas, but you may want to bring a blanket and sit in the grass. With the large lake and views of rolling hills, it is a tranquil setting that may help you forget that you are in the middle of the city.
Barnes and Noble
70 Worcester Providence Turnpike, Millbury, MA 01527
Located in the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, this Barnes and Noble is a good place to spend a few hours hitting the books. When you need a break, grab a coffee or snack from the in-store Starbucks, or check out one of the numerous restaurants also in the plaza.
NU Cafe & Juice Bar
335 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602
A favorite spot for local college students, Nu Cafe is another excellent spot for reading and studying. Plenty of tables, great food and smoothies, and a great atmosphere – what’s not to love? Just watch out on the weekends as they have live music and some open mic events, so it can get pretty busy and noisy. Check out their schedule for more info.